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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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Update: State Route 190 Reopens Near Furnace Creek

INYO COUNTY – State Route 190 in Death Valley National Park reopened on Sunday morning, following a closure late Saturday night prompted by flooding and debris flows on the highway. For the latest information on road closures, please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at or download the app to your smartphone. You can also call the Road […]

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2022-08-31 Mud Canyon

August 5, 2022 Recognized as Rainiest Day in Death Valley’s History 

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. –  The National Weather Service now recognizes August 5, 2022, as Death Valley National Park’s rainiest day. The Park received three-quarters of its annual average rainfall in a few hours, causing flash flooding. Two rain gauges at the Furnace Creek weather station provided different rainfall measurements. The National Weather Service initially reported 1.46 […]

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State Route 190 in Death Valley National Park to Remain Closed into Next Week

INYO COUNTY – State Route 190 will remain closed through at least next Wednesday as Caltrans maintenance crews continue to clean up after last week’s flash floods. Approximately 30 miles of the highway were partially or fully buried under flood debris within Death Valley National Park following Friday’s storms. Since beginning work to clear State […]

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2022 Death Valley flooding

Death Valley Roads Closed, 2022 Storm Damage Being Assessed 

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Following yesterday’s wide-spread storm damage, Death Valley National Park roads remain closed. Hard work from road crews allowed visitors who were previously unable to leave the area hotels to be able to carefully drive out with law enforcement escorts. Highway 190 is expected to reopen between Furnace Creek and Pahrump by […]

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Cars at Furnace Creek Inn

Substantial Flooding Within Death Valley National Park Causes Closure – August 5, 2022

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – On August 5, 2022, unprecedented amounts of rainfall caused substantial flooding within Death Valley National Park. All roads into and out of the park are currently closed and will remain closed until park staff can assess the extensiveness of the situation. The California Department of Transportation anticipates it will take four […]

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Death Valley Park Travelers Spent $104 Million in Local CA and NV Communities 

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Death Valley National Park’s visitors spent $104 million in surrounding Nevada and California communities in 2021, according to a new National Park Service (NPS) report. The ripple effects of that direct spending boosted the local economy by $135 million and supported 1,228 jobs. “I’m excited that protecting this special desert is […]

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