Volunteers Sought To Help Build Birding Database At Death Valley National Park

Planning is under way to develop a bird species baseline for Death Valley National Park, and volunteers are being sought to help with the data collection.
Birding the Southwestern National Parks (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles. This may be one of the most expensive book reviews I’ve ever written.

Death Valley National Park Earns International Dark Sky Park Recognition

Death Valley National Park has joined Big Bend National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument as the only units of the National Park System to gain gold certification as an International Dark Sky Park.

Death Valley Dreamscape

Death Valley National Park has some of the darkest night skies in the country, which make for incredible canvases to watch star shows on clear nights. Don't think so? Check out this video by Gavin Heffernan, Michael Darrow and Rachel Payne of Sunchaser Pictures.

Budget Cuts Forced On National Park Service By Failure To Avert Fiscal Cliff Could Be Crippling

Don't start planning your 2013 national park vacation just yet, for poised like the sword of Damocles over the National Park Service is the looming "fiscal cliff" that threatens to impact not only the agency but anyone considering a trip into the national parks next year.

First Death Valley Natural History Conference Seeking Papers

The 1st Death Valley Natural History Conference will be held November 15-17, 2013, at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium in Death Valley National Park, and officials have issued a call for papers.

List Of Candidate Species Under Consideration For Endangered Species Act Protection Include At Least 12 From National Parks

In its annual list of species considered to be candidates for Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cited at least 12 species that either can be found, or were found, in the National Park System.

Death Valley National Park Celebrates Updates to Furnace Creek Visitor Center

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the primary visitor information facility at Death Valley National Park, and after half a century of use, it was due for some upgrades. A weekend event earlier this month celebrated completion of the project.

Death Valley National Park Now Has Its Own Guide On The Traveler

You can add Death Valley National Park to the list of national parks that have their own "mini-guide" on the Traveler. Visit these pages and you'll find information on hiking, lodging, camping, birding, and more.

Creature Feature: A Fairy Of A Different Sort

Dotting the sandstone floors of the Colorado plateau are countless potholes -- shallow depressions that hold water only for short periods after rains. But during those wet periods, these potholes come to life with a variety of intriguing creatures, including fairy shrimp.

Death Valley National Park

Sand dunes and mesquite by QT Luong, the first landscape photographer to capture images in each of the 58 national parks.

Never mind the heat (although, Death Valley does lay claim to the highest officially recorded temperature on Earth.) It's the geology that captures your mind as you roam this sprawling national park. The sand dunes. The eroded hillsides and carved canyons. The alluvial fans painted scarlet, lemon, orange and purple with wildflowers after wet winters.

Death Valley National Park Officially Recognized As World Champion When It Comes To Hot Temps

How hot can it get at Death Valley? Why, there was a day back in 1913 when it was so hot that "swallows in full flight fell to the earth dead."

Solar Power Is Valuable, But NPCA Report Says It Needs To Be Generated Away From National Parks

Solar energy is one key to sating the United States' energy appetite, but federal officials need to be careful not to overly impact national parks and other public lands when it comes to siting these facilities.

Google Maps: More Travelers Are Interested In Death Valley Than Yellowstone

So, are more Americans looking for a vacation in Death Valley National Park than, say, Yellowstone National Park? The folks at Google Maps might have you think so.

Fall Packages Make National Parks Attractive Destinations

With school vacations about to end, now's a great time to begin planning for your fall getaway to a national park. With that in mind, here are some offers from parks around the country.

Where The Wild Things Are: Untamed Americas

Where are the wild things? For those who call a metropolitan area home, and seldom leave its concrete and steel confines, that might be a reasonable question. National Geographic has the answers for you in a two-night series, Untamed Americas, that debuts this Sunday and Monday nights.

California County Again Rebuffed In Trying To Claim A Road In Remote Section Of Death Valley National Park

Nearly four years after a federal judge tossed out most of the claims by a California county to what it considered roads in a remote area of Death Valley National Park, the judge has thrown out the final piece of the claims.

Enjoy A Hot Time In Death Valley National Park This Summer

Like it hot? Then plan on visiting Death Valley National Park this summer. But don't forget your swimsuit, as you'll most definitely want to cool off in the pool, even if it is warm water.

Special Lodging Rates Being Offered At Furnace Creek Resort At Death Valley National Park

If you've always wanted to stay at the Furnace Creek Resort at Death Valley National Park, there are some specials running through mid-May that can soften the cost of a room a bit.

By the Numbers: Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park, the largest national park in the 48-state U.S. , is a prodigious generator of interesting statistics. Here is a generous sample.

Microbe Discovered in Death Valley National Park May Have Important Uses

Knowledge gained from the study of a new strain of magnetotactic bacteria recently discovered in Death Valley's Badwater Basin could have important biotechnology and nanotechnology applications.

Furnace Creek Campground At Death Valley National Park To Close For Water, Sewer Line Work

The winter months are some of the best for visiting Death Valley National Park thanks to the cooler temperatures and the wildflower bloom that arrives as early as February. But if you're planning to pitch a tent at the Furnace Creek Campground in the coming months, you'll need to alter your plans.

Fall Is Ripe With Lodging Specials In Parts of the National Park System

With the calendar quickly running out on the short fall season in some parts of the National Park System, some concessionaires are responding with lodging specials that might intrigue you.
There are some obvious photo opportunities in Death Valley National Park. Everyone wants a shot from Badwater, the lowest point in the Northern Hemisphere. And Artist's Palette is a given. But then what? Well, Dan Suzio has some suggestions for you.
Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada: Includes Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia, Kings Canyon & Death Valley - A Great Destination (Explorer There are times when one national park jaunt could entail several national parks, and so you think you'll need several guidebooks to the parks on your itinerary. Well, if you're heading to the High Sierra parks of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon, there's just one book you really need.

A Weekend Well-Lived: Trail Running in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley sand dunes by Meghan Hicks
You can find trail runners in more than a few national parks these days, and Death Valley National Park, with its wide-open spaces and roads running through tight canyons, is a spectacular draw for those looking for great scenery and solitude on their runs, as Meghan Hicks and her friends discovered earlier this year.

Last Known Painting Of Death Valley Scotty Back in Death Valley National Park

"Death Valley Scotty" was a raconteur to most, a rapscallion to others, and a legend in the landscape now known as Death Valley National Park. With that background, it's fitting that the last known portrait of Scotty is back in the park.

National Park Quiz 94: Ringer IV

Nine of the first ten statements are true, but one is not. Can you tell which one is the ringer? You might want to try the two bonus questions too.

Climate Change Expected To Drive Joshua Trees From 90 Percent Of Its Range Within 60-90 Years

By the end of the century, possibly sooner, a hotter climate likely will wipe out Joshua trees from 90 percent of their current range, which includes Joshua Tree National Park, according to U.S. Geological Survey researchers.

Summer Special: Ten National Parks With Lodging For Under $100 Per Night, Tent Not Required

You don't need to sleep in a tent to make a national park visit affordable. Our lodging experts have found 10 national parks where you can book a room for less than $100 a night.