April 9, 2014
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20, 2014 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.
National Park Week runs from April 19-27, 2014. As part of the week, the Death Valley National Park will promote junior ranger activities for National Junior Ranger Day on April 26th. Materials are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
The wildflowers are out in force this year, despite a drought in the rest of California. In some areas of the park there is an abundance of wildflowers along the roads and are draping hillsides with color. Or you can enjoy a day at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, wind your way through Golden Canyon, or stay cool with a visit to Scotty's Castle. Stroll along the salt flats at Badwater or see the colorful display of minerals at Artist's Palette. Temperatures are expected to be warm, so carry plenty of water and sunscreen, and plan outdoor activities for early in the day.
This year's theme of "Go Wild!" coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Of Death Valley's 3.4 million acres, 93% of the park is designated wilderness, offering unique natural experiences and outstanding opportunities for solitude.