March 23, 2017
Road Reconstruction Planned for Scotty’s Castle
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposed project to reconstruct Bonnie Clare Road, which was destroyed by the flood and is still closed to the public.
March 07, 2017
Help Restore Off-road Damage in Death Valley
Visitors from around the world complain about off-road vehicle tracks marring the beauty of Death Valley National Park. Illegal off-road driving is a problem in multiple areas of the park, including the Racetrack, Ibex Dunes and Badwater. The National Park Service seeks public support for a grant application that would help fund restoration of these damaged areas.
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.
February 22, 2017
Death Valley National Park to Host MarsFest
Death Valley National Park will be hosting MarsFest 2017 from March 10 through 12. MarsFest explores and celebrates the extremes of Earth and space with a weekend of field trips, an expo, children’s programming, and a lecture series.
January 27, 2017
Successful Rescue of Woman Stranded Overnight
Death Valley National Park rangers and California Highway Patrol rescued a stranded visitor in the park’s remote backcountry on Monday. The 27-year-old woman was stranded near Hunter Mountain overnight in winter conditions after her vehicle become stuck in snow.
January 03, 2017
Temporary Closure of Artists Drive
Artists Drive, one of Death Valley National Park’s top attractions, will be closed through March for repair work.
December 20, 2016
Bird Count and Volunteer Events
Interested in experiencing a beautiful location with your family or friends over the holidays? Looking for something fun and rewarding to do? Death Valley National Park is hosting several volunteer events, including the annual Christmas Bird Count and Junior Ranger service projects.
November 21, 2016
Death Valley National Park Invites the Public to Volunteer Service Days
Do you love Death Valley National Park? Now you can show your love by volunteering at service days.
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 15, 2016
Backcountry Airstrip Temporarily Closed
The Chicken Strip is temporarily closed due to washouts in the runway after a plane nearly crashed in the 3rd mishap in six weeks at this remote backcountry airstrip.
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.
May 27, 2016
Fee Changes Proposed
Death Valley National Park seeks public input regarding possible camping and entrance fee increases. Most park fees have been unchanged since January 2006. The National Park Service is also considering charging a fee for temporary tours into Grapevine Canyon to Scotty’s Castle.
May 10, 2016
Devils Hole Vandals Identified
A multi-agency investigation has led to the identification of the three men believed to be responsible for the April 30 trespass and vandalism at Devils Hole in Death Valley National Park.
May 06, 2016
Park Seeks Information on Devils Hole Vandals
The National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nye County Sheriff’s Office are investigating damage to government property and unauthorized entry of Devils Hole last weekend. One endangered Devils Hole pupfish was found dead. The National Park Service is offering a reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the men.
May 05, 2016
Badwater Road Construction
Construction on Badwater Road will start May 9 to repair damage from October’s flash floods. The route from southern Death Valley to Shoshone, California will remain closed until construction is complete, which is scheduled for July 14.
April 28, 2016
Wind Damaged Historic Buildings
Winds up to 42 miles per hour damaged three historic structures in Death Valley National Park on the afternoon of April 27.
April 13, 2016
Plane Wreck at Furnace Creek
A small plane landing at Furnace Creek Airport was heavily damaged when it ran off the end of the runway. Fortunately, there were no injuries to the family of three people on board.