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US 190

INYO COUNTY – Caltrans reopened a section of State Route 190 last night, nearly a month after it was closed due to flash floods and debris flows. The closure between Dirty Socks Hot Spring and Darwin Road on SR 190 has been lifted, and vehicles can now access the western entrance to Death Valley National Park and Panamint Springs from U.S. 395 in Lone Pine and Olancha.

With this section of highway reopened, emergency work will now move onto State Route 190 over Towne Pass. That section of highway, which extends from Panamint Valley Road to Emigrant Junction, remains closed to all vehicles.

A detour around Towne Pass is available using Death Valley National Park roads. However, vehicle restrictions apply. To find out more about the availability of DVNP roads and campgrounds, visit

For the latest information on State Route 190 and other California highways, visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at or download the app to your smartphone. You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).