Mark Your Calendars: Organ Concert at Scotty's Castle In Death Valley National Park

One of the breathtaking aspects of touring Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park is viewing the large music room where tycoon Albert Johnson and Scotty would relax and entertain friends. Visit the park in mid-June and you'll be able to hear the organ in action!

Spring Wildflower Bloom Lingering at Death Valley National Park

While spring weather has been fleeting in the West, with wintry incursions, the cooler, wet weather has prolonged the spring wildflower bloom at Death Valley National Park.
Among fishes, perhaps none are watched as closely as the Devils Hole Pupfish, which live on the very brink of extinction in a tiny warm spring that is part of Death Valley National Park. Via two video cameras -- one above the water's surface, the other underwater -- researchers keep tabs on the fish. And that's how they captured the effects of a recent earthquake on the small pool of water.

Here's An Update On the Wildflower Bloom at Death Valley National Park

If you've wanted to catch the wildflower bloom at Death Valley National Park, you better get to the park soon, as things are coming and going quickly, according to a dispatch from the park.

Dining At The Parks: Jalepeno Cheese Cake from the Furance Creek Inn in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is a pretty hot place, so it shouldn't be any surprise that at the upscale Furnace Creek Inn they offer Jalepeno Cheese Cake for dessert in the desert.

National Park Mystery Photo 20 Revealed: A Door Knob At Scotty's Castle In Death Valley National Park

Well, it appears we had a pretty good stumper in this latest Mystery Photo, though one reader came close enough to identify where the photo was taken, but not explain exactly what it was.

Death Valley National Park Lodge Remodeling Nears Completion

Near-completion of a $2.5 million, two-year remodeling was evident during our recent stay at Death Valley National Park's Furnace Creek Ranch.

If There's A Noticeable "Peak Bloom" At Death Valley National Park, It'll Be In Late March, Early April

Lake Manly, as seen from Dantes View, NPS photo.
The guessing game on how significant the spring bloom in Death Valley National Park will be continues. No one is willing yet to say it will rival the 2005 showcase, but Park Service officials are predicting the "peak bloom," if there is one, will arrive in late March and into early April.

A Look at Some More Somewhat Unusual Lodges in the National Park System

If you're looking for a national park lodge that isn't on everybody's tongue, you might want to consider one of the following.

Will This Spring Be Colorful In Death Valley National Park?

Will the coming months prove to be particularly colorful in Death Valley National Park? That's a good question, but past history of wildflower blooms in the park would seem to indicate that while there might be more flowers than usual, there won't be a spectacular bloom that sweeps the park.

Death Valley Road Projects Complicate Scotty’s Castle Access and Ubehebe Crater Parking

The Bonnie Clare Road (Scotty’s Castle Road) will be closed to traffic January 12-14 for road maintenance, necessitating a Nevada detour for Scotty’s Castle visitors. The Ubehebe Crater parking area will be closed from January 4 until March.

Senator Feinstein Offers Legislation To Protect Desertscape in and Around Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create 90,000 acres of officially designated wilderness in Death Valley National Park, and buffer parts of Joshua Tree National Park with national monuments encompassing roughly 1 million acres.
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National Park Quiz 74: Ranches

Lots of land in the national parks once served ranch functions, and a good deal of it still does. Let’s see if you are up to speed in this subject area. Answers are at the end of the quiz. If we catch you peeking we’ll make you ride drag on the next cattle drive and see what “eating dust” really means.

National Park Mystery Plant: 4: This “Tree from Hell” Smells Like Rancid Peanut Butter

This tree is an Asian import that grows fast, spreads fast, damages ecosystems and crop land, and is very tough to eradicate. It stinks, too.

Traveler's Checklist: Death Valley National Park

What is it about the hard salt pan, the shifting sand dunes, and the life-threatening temperatures that make Death Valley National Park such a lure with travelers?

Discovery of Skeletal Remains in Death Valley National Park May Solve an Old Mystery

Death Valley
The disappearance of four German tourists in Death Valley National Park thirteen years ago led to a massive and lengthy search, but no trace of the group was ever found. The discovery yesterday of skeletal remains in a remote area of the park may finally close the case.

Collecting National Park T-Shirts: The Passion and the Pain

With winter drawing near, it’s time to move my national park T-shirts to storage. Some must be culled, and I can barely stand the thought.

With Year-End Holidays Not Far Off, Consider These National Park Escapes

With the approach of Christmas and New Year's, some people remain undecided about what to do and where to go for the holidays. Here are a few suggestions for year-end national park vacations that are likely to result in some lasting memories.

Anniversary Celebration of California Desert Protection Act at Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve scene.
October 31 isn't just about pumpkins and goblins anymore. The date also marks the anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act, a major milestone for Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve. The day will be celebrated at a special event on Saturday at the Mojave National Preserve.

Winter Lodging Deals at Mammoth Cave, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley National Parks

Comparatively few people think of visiting national parks during the winter months, and that's unfortunate for a variety of reasons. Not only does this season present an entirely different view of the parks than the one you normally experience during spring and summer, but lodging typically is less expensive, as the following offers demonstrate.

Death Valley 49ers Gear Up for 60th Encampment

Nobody beats the Death Valley 49ers when it comes to staging festivals that masquerade as encampments. This year’s encampment at the biggest and driest national park in the coterminous U.S. is slated for November 4-8. It’s the 60th in the series, and it’ll be a dandy.

Fall and Winter Are Prime Seasons for Camping in These Parks

Campsite at Organ Pipe Cactus Nat. Mon.
It's just too hot to enjoy camping in some parks during the summer, but fall and winter are prime times for outdoor activity in those areas. Here's a sampling of NPS sites where the "off season" in the rest of the country can be the best season for camping.

National Park Quiz 70: Bad

This quiz will find out how much you know about bad people, bad happenings, bad decisions, and other bad stuff in the national parks. Answers are at the end. Peeking may produce bad results.

The Desert Queen: Death Valley National Park's Furnace Creek Inn

Perched on a rise in the middle of one of the world’s driest and hottest deserts sits what is surely a mirage. At least, it must seem that to first-time Death Valley visitors who are unfamiliar with elegant Furnace Creek Inn. The inn, an AAA Four-Diamond resort, endures and continues to welcome visitors with luxurious accommodations in what can only be described as an unusual setting where summer temperatures average over 100 degrees and frequently soar above 120 degrees.

Wanna See Something Too Gorgeous for Words? Check Out the New Non-Narrative “Living Death Valley” DVD

You won’t miss the voice-over when you view the new non-narrative “Living Death Valley” DVD. When you’ve got masterful photography, a wonderful musical score, and the landscape, floral, and faunal wonders of Death Valley to work with, you don’t need a lot of talk-talk.

Rooms Available For September and October Visits to National Parks in the West

If you're flexible enough to take a fall trip to some of the iconic national parks in the Western United States, there are a number of lodges that are reporting late-season availability. Lodges in Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley national parks all show some rooms available during the months of September and October.

National Park Mystery Spot 2 Revealed: This Is One Very Big Basket!

Were you able to identify Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park?

National Park Mystery Spot 2: You Walk Around, I’ll Walk In

Can you identify this national park mystery spot with just six clues?

Heat Claims the Life of Boy Stranded for Five Days in Isolated Area of Death Valley National Park

Death Valley scene.
An intended one-night camping trip to Death Valley National Park had a tragic ending for a mother and her 11-year-old son. They were stranded for five days after their vehicle got stuck in a remote area of the vast desert park. The mother was rescued but her son did not survive the intense heat.

Death Valley National Park Working To Protect Fish That Live in 90-Degree Hot Spring

A tiny fish, one that lives in a 90-degree hot spring within a limestone cave and whose fate once was pondered by the U.S. Supreme Court, is now the focus of a Death Valley National Park plan designed to help the species avoid extinction.