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Veterans Now Eligible for Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks

  Veterans now eligible for free lifetime federal lands pass; Everyone has free entrance to Death Valley National Park on Nov. 11  DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Veterans and Gold Star Families are eligible for a new, free lifetime pass to national parks. Everyone has free entrance to Death Valley National Park on Friday, November 11 […]

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Stovepipe Wels Store Death Valley

PRESS RELEASE – Decisions Made on Proposed Stovepipe Wells Improvements 

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – The National Park Service (NPS) has released its decision in the Environmental Assessment of proposed improvements in Stovepipe Wells and surrounding areas. The proposed actions include upgrades and changes to utilities, roads, parking areas, campgrounds, and buildings. The original proposal to remove Stovepipe Wells Airstrip was not included in the decision […]

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Yosemite National Park

Mono County Wants a Seat at the Table Regarding Reservation Passes over Tioga Pass to Yosemite

  Earlier this summer, Yosemite National Park initiated a reservation system to enter the park during peak hours, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. That may seem reasonable, unless you’re a tourism-related business on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The reservation requirement also impacts pass-through travelers, locals or visitors whose sole reason to […]

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Death Valley – Free Permits Required for Some Backpacking and Roadside Camping; Campgrounds and Some Roads Opening Soon 

  DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – As temperatures cool, Death Valley National Park is opening campgrounds. The National Park Service (NPS) and Caltrans are making progress reopening flood-damaged roads. Free permits will be required for overnight camping along the park’s most popular backcountry roads and trails. Texas Springs Campground and Stovepipe Wells Campground will open at […]

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Caltrans Aiming to Reopen State Route 190 by the End of October

First Section of Highway to Reopen by October 12 INYO COUNTY — Caltrans is anticipating it will reopen State Route 190 from its current set of closures in two phases beginning on October 12. The highway was closed following two late-summer storms on September 10 and September 13 that washed away sections of the highway, first on […]

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Scuba Divers counting pupfish 2022

Devils Hole Pupfish Population at 19-year High

  AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nevada – Agency biologists are excited to report increased numbers of one of the world’s rarest fishes. Scientists counted 263 Devils Hole pupfish, which is the most they’ve observed in 19 years. This count came on the heels of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Mexico that caused 4-foot waves in Devils Hole on Sept 19, […]

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photo NPS/Ambre Chaudoin

Sept. 19th Mexican Earthquake Sloshes Devils Hole; Pupfish Appear to be Okay 

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – In a surprising quirk of geology, Monday’s magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Mexico triggered four-foot-tall waves in Devils Hole, located in Death Valley National Park. Video footage of the “desert tsunami” is available on the Park’s website at The earthquake shook the Mexican states of Colima and Michoacán at 11:05 am Pacific […]

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Badwater Road 2022-09-13 eroded shoulder NPS photo by C Thompson, showing Abby Wines

Fresh Flooding on Sept. 13 in Death Valley- Updates on Road Closures/Openings 

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Another round of storms impacted roads in the Death Valley region on Tuesday, September 13. The National Park Service (NPS) has some updated estimates for roads to reopen. The west entrance to Death Valley National Park is closed due to extensive damage to California Highway 190 (CA-190) west of the Park’s […]

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Death Valley 9-10-22

Caltrans Working In Death Valley to Reopen Portion of State Route 190

Caltrans crews are in Death Valley working to reopen a portion of State Route 190. The highway shut down early Sunday morning due to flooding and debris flows caused by rains generated by Tropical Storm Kay. Currently, State Route 190 is closed from the junction of State Route 136 to Stovepipe Wells. That closure will […]

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Waterfalls Death Valley

Hurricane Kay Causes Heavy Damage in Death Valley National Park

Storms fueled by the remnants of Hurricane Kay caused localized, heavy damage in Death Valley National Park on Saturday afternoon, September 10. California highway 190 (CA-190) is closed from CA-136 junction to Stovepipe Wells Village. Badwater Road is fully closed. Many other park roads are still closed from floods five weeks ago. The flooding across […]

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