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.
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.
Mesquite Flat Dunes Ranger Talk
Find out about the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes!
Meet at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
Badwater Ranger Talk
Explore the extremes of Death Valley below sea level!
Meet at the Badwater parking area.
Harmony Borax Works Ranger Talk
Learn about borax and mining history.
Meet at the Harmony Borax Works parking area.
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.
Special Paleontology Hikes
These hikes are in a remote area of the park that is otherwise closed to the public. These hikes occur on selected dates throughout the winter and feature opportunities to see fossilized tracks of bird, horse, camel, and mastodon-like creatures.
How to Enter the Lottery
Lottery entries are only accepted during the sign-up period. One individual is allowed to enter up to four people, counting themselves, into the lottery.
Last updated: November 15, 2020