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DEATH VALLEY, CA –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.
A thunderstorm the evening of Friday, July 1 damaged a section of powerline near the park's eastern border. Southern California Edison projects having electricity restored to the park by the end of Sunday, July 3.
Drivers should be careful driving in the park. CA-190 is open, but there is light debris on the road and eroded shoulders. North Highway (also known as Scotty's Castle Road) is completely closed. Titus Canyon is closed.
Jubilee Pass, the southern section of Badwater Road connecting the park to the town of Shoshone, remains closed from damage in October's storms. Fortunately, initial reports that this section of road sustained new damage were incorrect, and Jubilee Pass should be open by late July.
Two of the park's lodges are closed due to the power outage. Furnace Creek Resort and Stovepipe Wells are closed July 2 and will reopen when power is restored.
Travelers are encouraged not to come to Death Valley National Park this weekend. Temperatures are forecasted to be around 116 degrees and road damage increases the risk of travel.