April 21, 2017
Visitors Spent $108m in Local Economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that visitors to Death Valley National Park spent $108,000,000 in communities near the park last year. That spending supported about 1,500 jobs in the local area.
March 28, 2017
Fossils Stolen from Death Valley National Park
Park rangers recently discovered that fossil footprints were removed from Death Valley National Park. Trackways of mammals and birds were formed about 3 to 5 million years ago, when the animals left footprints in a muddy lakeshore area. Backpackers in the area were photographed and may have witnessed the crime or have information about those responsible. Investigators are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible.
February 27, 2017
Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours
There will be a limited number of opportunities this spring to visit Scotty’s Castle. This is a unique opportunity to witness the damage caused by a large flash flood and to learn about the National Park Service’s ongoing work to restore the historic district.
November 02, 2016
November Brings Cooler Temperatures & Special Events to Death Valley
November is a particularly good time to visit Death Valley National Park due to a free entrance fee day on Veterans Day, special events, and cooling temperatures.
November 01, 2016
Court Appearance by ‘High On Life’ for Park Violations
Five defendants from the Canadian group High On Life appeared in the Yellowstone Justice Center on November 1 for multiple violation notices from National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management public lands. Two defendants pleaded guilty to violations in Yellowstone and Death Valley National Park.
October 25, 2016
Saline Valley's Backcountry Airstrip Back Open
The Chicken Strip, a remote backcountry airstrip in Death Valley National Park, has reopened after volunteers with the Recreation Aviation Foundation repaired it.
October 07, 2016
Entrance and Camping Fees Increase October 15
Entrance and camping fees in Death Valley National Park will increase on October 15, 2016. These visitor fees are used to fund services and maintenance that directly benefit park visitors. Most park fees have been unchanged since January 2006.
September 30, 2016
Towne Pass Curve Correction
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to realign a s ection of CA-190 immediately east of Towne Pass to improve safety and reduce collisions.
September 26, 2016
Are you interested in the history and prehistory of the Death Valley area? Come to Preservation 50 on October 15-16, 2016 in Death Valley National Park.
September 01, 2016
Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass for Federal Lands
Death Valley National Park encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide for a year.
August 31, 2016
Second Heat-Caused Fatality This Summer in Death Valley
A search on August 28 by multiple agencies concluded when a woman’s body was found 5 miles from her vehicle. It appears that this is the second heat-caused fatality in Death Valley National Park. Both fatalities were in the southern end of the park near the unpaved Harry Wade Road.
August 23, 2016
Southern California Edison Responds Quickly to Park’s 4th Summer Outage
Southern California Edison (SCE) responded quickly to provide backup electricity during Death Valley National Park’s fourth power outage of the summer. This power outage had minimal impacts to park visitors.
August 18, 2016
National Park Service Centennial Events in Death Valley
Death Valley National Park has been celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service with events all year, and will continue to do so in the coming months. Events will continue during the rest of the year, including a birthday party in August and a weekend commemorating the National Historic Preservation Act in October.
August 17, 2016
Doctor Pleads Guilty to Looting Artifacts from Death Valley
A doctor residing in Mammoth Lakes recently pleaded guilty to removing archeological resources from Death Valley National Park and the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest. He voluntarily turned over to the government an estimated 20,000 archeological items that he collected from public lands.
August 15, 2016
Jubilee Pass Jubilation
About 40 people gathered near the Furnace Creek Inn on Friday, August 12 to celebrate the reopening of the Badwater Road. Jubilee Pass was the last section of Badwater Road to reopen, reconnecting Shoshone, California to Death Valley National Park.
July 22, 2016
Badwater Road Open
Badwater Road is now fully open, connecting Death Valley National Park to the gateway town of Shoshone, California. Work remains to be done in other areas of the park to repair road and infrastructure damage caused by flash floods last October.
July 07, 2016
12-hour Power Outage Scheduled for Saturday
Most of Death Valley National Park will be without electricity on Saturday, July 9 from 6:00am until 6:00pm. Visitor and employee safety is a concern because temperatures are forecasted to reach 116 °F.
July 04, 2016
Hottest Place on Earth Has Record-Breaking Hot June
Last month was the hottest June on record in Death Valley National Park, with a sweltering average temperature of 101.9 °F. June 2016’s temperatures exceeded average June temperatures by about 6 °F.
July 03, 2016
Death Valley Recovers in Aftermath of Storm
A thunderstorm during the evening of Friday, July 1 damaged a section of powerline near the park’s eastern border. Southern California Edison was able to fully restore electricity after a 38 hour outage early this morning.
July 02, 2016
Power Outage in Death Valley Continues
The power outage in Death Valley National Park is likely to continue until late Sunday, July 3. Hotels in the park are closed and travelers are discouraged from visiting the park this weekend.
July 02, 2016
Storm Damaged Roads and Knocked Out Power
As of 10:00am on July 2, Death Valley National Park does not have electricity or telephones due to a storm the night of July 1. People planning to visit Death Valley National Park this weekend should consider changing their plans. If they drive through the park, they should exercise extreme caution due to storm damage to roads.
June 10, 2016
Recent Incidents Highlight Risks of Remote Travel in Death Valley’s Heat
As summer temperatures rise in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth, risks of traveling away from the park’s commonly visited areas increase. Park rangers responded recently to three major incidents in remote areas of the park. High temperatures, lack of ability to call for help in case of an emergency, and long distances for emergency responders create a sometimes-deadly combination.
May 31, 2016
Death Valley National Park Announces Hike Death Valley Art Contest
Death Valley National Park invites artists and photographers to participate in an art contest for the Hike Death Valley program. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016. Contest details are available at nps.gov.deva.