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Updated 9/27/2022 at 6:30 pm PDT

Death Valley Road Status

Open Roads (paved)
Closed Roads
Dirt Roads:
All backcountry roads have areas of moderate to severe damage. Some areas are impassable and many roads have not yet been assessed. Travel not recommended.
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A Park Ranger truck parked at a large washout in a dirt road in a desert canyon.
Road conditions can change quickly, as seen in this image after a flood in Titus Canyon 12/2021.

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Roads, Trails & Locations

Many areas of the park were heavily impacted, damaged, or closed following record rainfall in August. While some roads have reopened, we are still in an active monsoon season and additional flooding in September re-closed many roads. Thank you for your patience as crews work hard to clear debris, rebuild roads, and open additional areas over the coming months.

OPEN:

  • CA-190 from Death Valley Junction to Emigrant Junction (Zabriskie Point, Harmony Borax Works/Mustard Canyon, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes) (No access over Towne Pass to Panamint Valley)
  • CA-190 from Panamint Valley Road to Darwin Road (just west of park boundary). This provides access to Panamint Springs Resort, Father Crowley Vista Point, and Saline Valley Road. (No access to Olancha or Lone Pine)
  • Badwater Road to Badwater Basin (Badwater Basin, Golden Canyon). (Closed beyond Badwater Basin at Mile Marker 17)
  • Artists Drive - vehicles longer than 25 feet not allowed.
  • Emigrant Canyon Road (Charcoal Kilns, Wildrose Campground, Thorndike Campground, and Mahogany Flat Campground). Vehicles longer than 25 feet not allowed.
  • Lower Wildrose Road (aka Trona-Wildrose Road), access to Panamint Valley - Vehicles longer than 25 feet not allowed. Some sections unpaved and only single lane wide.
  • Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road
  • Dantes View Road vehicles longer than 25 feet not allowed.

CLOSED:

Many park roads are closed due to recent flood damage. This includes:

  • CA 190 from Emigrant Junction over Towne Pass to Panamint Valley Road
  • CA-190 west of the park from Darwin Road to US-395 and CA-136, due to significant washouts and pavement undercutting
  • Badwater Road south of Badwater Basin (Mile Marker 17) to CA-178 and Shoshone,CA)
  • Devils Golfcourse
  • Natural Bridge
  • Daylight Pass, Beatty Cutoff, Mud Canyon (Keane Wonder Mine). Daylight Pass and Beatty Cutoff may open by late-October.
  • North Highway (Ubehebe Crater)
  • Salt Creek - May be closed until fall 2023. Flooding changed the creek bed, destroyed the boardwalk and damaged the toilet.
  • Bonnie Clare Road and Scotty’s Castle due to flood recovery work . Unlikely to reopen before late 2023.
  • Jail Canyon (see the Superintendent's Compendium to learn more).

Backcountry Roads

CLOSED:

  • Westside Road (Johnson Canyon, Galena Canyon, Trail Canyon, Hanaupah Canyon, Warm Springs Canyon)
  • Titus Canyon
  • Racetrack Road
  • Steele Pass
  • Echo Canyon
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Cottonwood/Marble Canyons
  • Owlshead Road
  • Grotto Canyon

CAUTION: Backcounty travel is not advised. Due to recent flooding events, visitors should expect additional hazards and roads in far worse condtion than stated in the Backcountry and Wilderness Access Map. Many areas have not been assessed for damage. Some areas are impassable - do not plan on through-travel. If you choose to travel on backcountry roads, be aware that rescue is likely to be extremely delayed. Travel prepared to survive, with 2 full size spare tires and extra food and water.

Roads Outside the Park

 

Campgrounds

OPEN: Furnace Creek, Emigrant, Wildrose, Thorndike Primitive, Mahogany Flat Primitive. NOT ADVISED: Eureka Dunes Primitive, Homestake Primitive, Saline Valley Primitive
CLOSED: Mesquite Springs, Sunset, Texas Spring, and Stovepipe Wells Camprounds


There are currently NO restroom facilities at Homestake Campground. Pack out all waste.

 
 

Visitor Centers

OPEN: Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, daily. This includes pass sales, information, bookstore, exhibits and the park film.

VARIABLE: Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station. Variable days and hours depending on temperature and staffing. Please call: 760-786-3200 for current status. Pass sales and information.

Resorts: Lodging, Food, and Fuel

Food options are available and gas stations are open. Please contact each of these private businesses directly for the most up to date information on their operations:

Airports

There are no scheduled commercial flights to airports within Death Valley National Park. Pilots with their own aircraft may use the airports. There is NO aircraft fuel available at either airport.

OPEN: Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells
CLOSED: Chicken Strip Airstrip

Fees & Passes

Entrance fees or a valid National Park pass are required. Death Valley National Park does not require an advanced entry reservation or pass to enter the park; park fees may be paid upon arrival. Most vendors are only accepting credit/debit cards at this time; we strongly encourage cash users to obtain a pre-paid credit card prior to your arrival.

  • Entrance Fees: can be paid at automated fee stations found near entrances, outside the visitor center, and at many viewpoints in the park. They can also be purchased online at Recreation.gov.
  • Passes: Annual, Senior, Access and Military passes are available for sale at Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Passes can also be purchased online. Note that passes purchased online may take several weeks to arrive by mail. Present a ranger with a printed copy of the required activities to recieve a free Fourth Grade Pass.

Weather

Death Valley Forecast

The Death Valley Weather & Climate page includes current conditions, forecasts and radar images.

 

Park Status during COVID-19

Indoor Masking: The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners is our number one priority. In areas the CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Use the COVID-19 Community Level Tool and search for Inyo County to determine current community status. You may also call the Furnace Creek Visitor Center at: 760-786-3200 for current indoor masking requirements.

Last updated: September 27, 2022

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Death Valley , CA 92328

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760 786-3200

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