Alerts & Conditions



Updated 3/23/2023 at 4:20 pm PST

Death Valley Road Status

Open Roads (paved)
Closed Roads
Dirt Roads:
All backcountry roads have areas of moderate to severe damage due to summer floods. Some areas are impassable and many roads have not yet been assessed. Travel not recommended.
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Tire tracks scar a smooth desert playa, red circle with line through it on top

Stay on Roads with your Vehicle

Illegal driving off designated roads negatively impacts the landscape, ecosystem, view, and more.

Damaged pavement with brown streams of water washing down a canyon.

Weather Conditions

Check weather before your planned travel days, conditions can swiftly change in Death Valley.

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.


Roads & Locations

Many areas of the park were heavily impacted, damaged, or closed following record rainfall in August. Road crews have reopened all paved roads, but there is still a lot of work to be done in the backcountry.



  • Bonnie Clare Road and Scotty’s Castle due to flood recovery work . Unlikely to reopen before fall 2024.


Note that road closures listed below apply to ALL vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles. The roads were completely washed out in places and entry will cause tire tracks and braided roads in wilderness as users try to locate what was once the road. Thank you for your patience as we work to reopen these locations.


  • Saline Valley- Both North and South Pass, due to snow and ice
  • Wildrose Rd- Unpaved section to the Charcoal Kilns- snow and ice (not passable by 4X4)


  • Wildrose Canyon beyond Charcoal Kilns - Seasonal closure due to ice and snow.
  • Salt Creek Road - Flooding destroyed the boardwalk. No timeline for reopening.
  • Titus Canyon Road
  • Steele Pass - Extensive flood damage. No timeline for reopening.
  • Grotto Canyon - Partially open. Road open to where it drops from alluvial fan into the wash (about one mile before the normal trailhead.)
  • Cottonwood Canyon & Marble Canyon Roads past mile 8.




  • Darwin Falls Trail- trail is washed out



  • Furnace Creek, Emigrant, Wildrose, Texas Spring, Stovepipe Wells, Sunset, Mesquite Springs, Eureka Dunes Primitive, Saline Valley Primitive, Homestake Primitive campgrounds.


  • Thorndike Primitive and Mahogany Flat Primitive campgrounds - Due to ice and snow.

Visitor Centers


  • Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, daily.


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

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


760 786-3200

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