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Park Ranger points out feature to crowd of visitors on guided tour.
Ranger Programs are a great way to learn about Death Valley.

Photo:  NPS - Kurt Moses

Ranger-led Programs

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!

Each program meets at the specified location daily. Expanded weekend programs including night sky events and evening programs are offered most Thursday-Sundays. 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.

Program Descriptions:

Daily Programs are offered December - March. Please check the calendar for scheduled dates.

Golden Canyon Walk
Hike with a ranger at Golden Canyon.
Meet at the Golden Canyon parking area.
30-45 minutes

Mesquite Flat Dunes Ranger Talk
Find out about the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes!
Meet at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
30-45 minutes.

Badwater Ranger Talk
Explore the extremes of Death Valley below sea level!
Meet at the Badwater parking area.
30-45 minutes

Harmony Borax Works Ranger Talk
Learn about borax and mining history.
Meet at the Harmony Borax Works parking area.
30-45 minutes

Park Guide in 1930's attire stands in front of historic Spanish style mansion.
Park Rangers in period clothing lead tours through the historic mansion.

Photo:  Mark Comon

Scotty's Castle Tours

Scotty's Castle is CLOSED due to damage from a flood on Oct. 18, 2015. It will remain closed until further notice. See the alerts above for details.

Special Flood Recovery Tours

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 mid-December through mid-April, for more information, check out the DVNHA Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours.
Tours are sold out for the 2019/2020 season.

Fossilized footprint in canyon wall

NPS Photo - Kurt Moses

Special Paleontology Hikes

The special paleontology hikes are in a remote area of the park, usually closed to the public. These hikes occur on selected dates throughout the winter.

Participants should be prepared for an all day, seven-mile round trip hike with 1,500 foot elevation gain on rugged, uneven terrain. This hike is considered moderately strenuous and is not recommended for anyone with mobility or breathing difficulties. The hike is appropriate for older children, age 10 and up. Participants should be regularly hiking at least four miles on uneven terrain in the weeks leading up to this hike.

This dramatic canyon features high cliff walls that open into a multi-colored basin. The stories here are millions of years old, when Death Valley's landscape and life forms appeared very different from the harsh desert of today. Participants will have a close up encounter with fossilized tracks of bird, horse, camel, and mastodon-like creatures.

Each hike is limited to 15 people. One individual is allowed to enter up to four people, counting themselves, into the lottery. Lottery entries are only accepted during the sign up period. Instructions for how to enter the lottery will be posted on this page 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.

2020 Hike Dates

Saturday, January 4, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020

How to Enter the Lottery

Lottery entries are only accepted during the sign-up period.

One lottery is held for all three hikes. The 2020 season lottery has already been held. Winter 2021 hikes and lottery will be dependant on staffing levels and COVID-19 guidance. Please check here in mid to late November, 2020 for more information.

Last updated: July 26, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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