Park rangers have created a variety of talks and walks to help you better understand and explore the wonders of Death Valley National Park.
Daily programs are offered December - March. Please check the calendar or posted flier at Furnace Creek Visitor Center for scheduled dates, including special events and programs. Schedules are available approximately one week in advance but are subject to change/cancellation based on emergencies, inclement weather and park staffing.
Badwater Ranger Talk
Scotty's Castle Tours
Scotty's Castle is CLOSED due to damage from a flood on Oct. 18, 2015 and will remain closed until further notice.
Flood Recovery Tours
Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) and the National Park Service are pleased to offer walking tours of the Scotty's Castle Grounds. Come see first-hand how the power of water shapes the landscape of Death Valley. Participants will walk the grounds of Scotty’s Castle with a ranger to learn about the damage sustained and the repairs in progress. Explore the stories of this unique place in the desert, the people who called it home, and the projects underway to reopen this unique historic district.
Tours are typically offered on Sundays from mid-December through mid-April. For more information, check out the DVNHA Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours webpage.
These ticketed ranger-led hikes occur on selected dates January-March and visit a remote part of the park, where participants will see the fossilized tracks of bird, camel, cat and mastodon-like creatures.
National Park Service App Tours
Want to go on a tour, but can't make a scheduled program or event? Download the free NPS App to enjoy a self-guided tour (both audio and text). Be sure to "Save Park for Offline Use," as cell service is poor in Death Valley. App tours include a Star Wars Film Locations driving tour a Park Highlights driving tour and a Golden Canyon hiking tour.
School Field Trips
We offer a number of different programs based on age and cirriculum standards. Please contact the Education Manager if you are a teacher interested in bringing your class to Death Valley for a field trip.
Dark Sky Festival
Each spring, Death Valley National Park holds a multi-day Dark Sky Festival, where the public can join scientists for free talks around the park and in the auditorium, visit hands-on booths at an Exploration Fair and view the cosmos through telescopes.
Last updated: April 2, 2023