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Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center fire investigation inconclusive

The initial investigation into the cause of the fire at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park has recently concluded. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) determined the fire began inside the Visitor Center. The investigation was not able to determine a cause of the fire. The fire started the night of […]

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What Happened to the Tucson Couple Missing in April in Words of Survivor Emily Henkel

Finally, thanks to one of our readers, Kristine MacKenzie, who was so affected by the story of the missing couple from Tucson in Death Valley in April, that she continued to follow it. She contacted Sierra Wave so we can share this podcast from 2 weeks ago on what really happened during the tragic story […]

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Hundreds of historic Scotty’s Castle photographs published online

The historic site in Death Valley National Park is still closed undergoing renovation from the devastating flood in 2015 and more recently the devastating fire at Scotty’s Castle reported on Sierra Wave earlier this year. In this press release, the National Park service is letting the public, historians, and researchers know of a new photographic […]

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Dangerous Illegal Marijuana Grow Site Discovered in Death Valley’s Jail Canyon

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Park rangers recently discovered a large, illegal marijuana grow site in Death Valley National Park.  The site of approximately 40 acres was spotted in Jail Canyon, a rarely-visited canyon on the western side of the Panamint Mountains. Jail Canyon is temporarily closed for public safety reasons until park rangers can fully […]

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Fire at Scotty’s Castle Destroys One Historic Outbuilding, Damages Another, Says DVNP Press Release

DEATH VALLEY, CA – A fire destroyed the historic garage and damaged a second historic outbuilding at Scotty’s Castle on Thursday morning, April 22. The historic district in Death Valley National Park has been closed for ongoing repair work after extensive flood damage in 2015. Upon arriving at the worksite in the morning, construction contractors reported active fire within the […]

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Latest Information on Tucson Couple’s Fatal Death Valley Camping Trip

A GoFundMe fundraiser for the Death Valley National Park campers whose trip ended in disaster last week has provided a few new details about what happened to the couple. After a three-day search by multiple agencies for the missing couple in Death Valley National Park ended in tragedy Friday when authorities announced that hiker Alexander […]

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Sad Ending for One of Missing Individuals In Death Valley National Park Rescue

[Editors Note: Sierra Wave has tried to stay on top  of this story, and as with all search and rescue efforts, wish for the best outcomes. Unfortunately, that is not  always the case despite the best efforts of our dedicated rescuers.] Sadly, one of two missing campers from Tucson who were found on a remote, […]

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Missing Individuals In Death Valley National Park Found – Multi-Agency SAR Update

[*Original SAR press release from earlier today  (8:56 a.m.) can be accessed here: https://www.inyocounty.us/sites/default/files/2021-04/DVNP_SAR_4.8.21.pdf] 4:00 PM Update from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office: The two missing individuals: 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren, and 27-year-old Emily Henkel, both from Tucson, AZ, were located today shortly after noon. They were spotted through aerial reconnaissance in a very remote area of […]

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Explosion in Death Valley Stovepipe Wells resulted in building damage, no serious injuries

DEATH VALLEY, CA – A loud explosion rocked Stovepipe Wells Resort around 4:30am on Monday, March 8. The blast damaged concession employee housing. The resort in central Death Valley National Park is still providing full public services. The explosion appears to have been caused by a propane leak. The investigation continues, but foul play is […]

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Death Valley Hosted 820,000 Visitors in 2020 | Half of Usual Total Due to Stay at Home Order

DEATH VALLEY, CA – About 820,000 people visited Death Valley National Park in 2020. This was about half the number of people that visited the park the previous year. Breaking down the figures by season illustrates the impact of the coronavirus pandemic over time. Winter: The year started out strong. The park had its third-busiest […]

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