Park Rangers can introduce you to a new canyon, explore the night sky with you, guide you across the moonlit sand dunes, take you back in time... or just answer your questions!
Winter - Spring Programs
Beginning October 23, 2016 daily ranger programs will be available throughout the winter and spring. Expanded weekend programs including periodic night sky events will start beginning mid-November. For a complete list of activities, stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or speak to a ranger. Schedules may change for special events, park staffing, emergencies, or be cancelled due to inclement weather.
Current Schedule (PDF file <1 MB)
Guided living history House Tours of the beautiful castle interior are a must do for visitors. Underground Tours focus on the technology that Mr. Johnson used in building and living in his castle. Lower Vine Ranch Tours are at the cabin where Death Valley Scotty actually lived. Although the Lower Vine is usually closed to the public, this winter there may be ranger-led tours on select dates.
Special Paleontology Tours
Although this fragile area is usually closed to the public, there will be three guided tours on selected dates. The hike is an all day, seven-mile round trip with a 1,500 foot elevation gain. Due to the rugged uneven nature of the terrain, this hike is considered moderately strenuous and not recommended for anyone with mobility or breathing difficulties.The hike is appropriate for older children, age 10 and up.
Each hike is limited to 15 people and tours fill up fast. Early registration is recommended once the tour's sign-up period begins. One individual is allowed to register up to four people counting themselves. Lottery entries are only accepted by email or by calling 760-786-3280 and only during the sign-up period. There is no fee for these day long guided hikes, but donations to support the program are welcomed and can be made through the Death Valley Natural History Association.