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Death Valley Forecast

Wondering what the weather will be during your visit? We receive our forecast from NOAA. The Death Valley Weather & Climate page includes current conditions, forecasts and radar images.


Road Conditions

Road conditions were most recently updated on 1/23/2020. There are no estimated opening dates for closed roads. This page will be updated only when conditions change.

Paved/Frontcountry Roads:

  • Road to Dantes View: OPEN
  • Emigrant Canyon and Lower Wildrose Road: OPEN
  • Scotty's Castle Road: CLOSED into Grapevine Canyon (Bonnie Claire Road) since October 2015 due to flood damage. No access to Scotty's Castle or NV-267. This closure does NOT affect access to Ubehebe Crater, Racetrack Road, or Big Pine Road.

Unpaved/Backcountry Roads:

The standard conditions of backcountry roads vary from 2wd to extreme 4x4 routes. Many roads are very remote and road conditions can change without notice. For more backcountry road information and conditions, please visit Death Valley Road Conditions on Facebook.

  • Padre Point (dirt road from Father Crowley Vista Point): CLOSED
  • Upper Wildrose Road: CAUTION: 4x4 and high clearance recommended for the last two miles to the Charcoal Kilns due to snow; CLOSED above the Charcoal Kilns for winter.
  • Titus Canyon Road: CAUTION: 4x4 and high clearance recommended due to ice.
  • West Side Road: CAUTION: 4x4 recommended due to mud, especially at the Amargosa River near the south end of the road.
  • Racetrack Road: Road is OPEN but washboard is worse than usual. Racetrack Playa may be wet and muddy after storms. Do not walk on playa when wet.
  • Saline Valley North Pass: CAUTION: 4x4 and high clearance required due to 1-2 feet of packed snow, ice, and mud.
  • Saline Valley South Pass: CAUTION: 4x4 and high clearance required due to 1-2 feet of packed snow, ice, and mud.
  • Hunter Mountain: CAUTION: 4x4 and high clearance required due to 1-2 feet of snow, ice, and mud. Road may be impassable.
  • Expect snow, ice, or wet conditions on any backcountry dirt road.

Road Maintenance Projects Information


Roads Outside the Park

A tent sits in a flat, desert campground, next to a picnic table.
Furnace Creek Campground takes reservations October - April on All other campgrounds and FCCG during the summer, are first-come, first-serve.



Find campground information, closures, opening and closing dates, and more on the info page about Death Valley Campgrounds.

Fire Restrictions

  • At Wildrose, Thorndike, and Mahogany Flat Campgrounds the setting, maintaining, attending, or using of open flame of any kind is prohibited between June 15th and September 15th or during other periods of high fire danger. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed. (36 CFR 2.13)
  • The areas around these campgrounds are extremely susceptible to wildland fire due to heavy fuel concentrations and low fuel moisture during the summer months.
  • As always, fires are not allowed in any other areas of the park except in NPS provided fire grates or grills.
A group of runners along a paved road in a desert setting.
Runners along Highway 190.

NPS photo

Current Park Events

At various times throughout the year, permitted events are occurring within the park. Some of these events may cause traffic delays.

Last updated: January 23, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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