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State Route 190 Closure Extended

Pictured on the shoulder, asphalt road is undercut from floods leaving rocks and other debris on the steep drop off from original road.
Highway 190 is missing shoulders and undercut in several areas

NPS/N. Ramirez.

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News Release Date: August 8, 2022

Contact: Jennette Jurado

Contact: Nico Ramirez

DEATH VALLEY, CA – State Route 190 will remain closed through at least August 17 as Caltrans maintenance crews continue to clean up after last week’s flash floods.

Approximately 30 miles of the highway were partially or fully buried under flood debris within Death Valley National Park following Friday’s storms. Since beginning work to clear State Route 190, crews have managed to remove debris from approximately 20 miles of the road. An estimated 60 percent of debris has been removed from the highway so far.

Drivers are urged to stay clear of the highway and respect closure points that allow crews to safely work within the incident area. State Route 178 E from Shoshone to the Lower Badwater Gate in Death Valley National Park will remain closed into next week as well.

All park roads remain closed as damage assessments, crucial repairs, and flood recovery work are underway. Conditions are subject to change as the Death Valley area is expecting a chance of additional thunderstorms this week.Photographs of storm damage can be seen in the photo gallery linked below.

Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural resources, cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. Learn more at

Last updated: August 9, 2022

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