It took nearly a month, but Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park is back open for visitors to tour. But the reopening didn't come easy.
Death Valley National Park
Work is continuing almost non-stop to rebuild roads in Death Valley National Park that were washed out by torrential rains last month. So far the North Highway to Ubehebe Crater and Racetrack Road have been reopened to the public, though many other popular sections remain closed.
As National Park Service officials and crews at Death Valley National Park work to recover the park from heavy rains in mid-October, let's take a look at some of the numbers associated with the rains and resulting flash flooding.
Death Valley National Park Facing Months Of Recovery From Largest Flood Event In Area's Recorded History
Mud-filled buildings, roads cleaved in half, electricity out. Two weeks after the "largest flood event in recorded history of the area" washed through Death Valley National Park, officials are formulating a recovery plan that likely will take months and tens of millions of dollars to carry out.
Death Valley National Park often is regaled as the "hottest, driest, lowest" place in the hemisphere, but recent rain storms washed away portions of roads, damaged historic Scotty's Castle, and piled debris up 15 feet in places.
It's been an incredibly wet fall at Death Valley National Park, where torrential rains at times washed over, and washed out, roads. Which begs the question: Should you book your spring 2016 wildflower trek to the park?
A group of feral burros inadvertently saved the life of a hiker lost in Death Valley National Park by leading him to water.
One incident of vandalism in the National Park System has been resolved, agents continue to investigate a more high-profile, and wide-spread case in which a woman used acrylic paint to create images in parks across the West.
Modern technology, including cell phones and helicopters, can be a mixed blessing when emergencies occur in remote locations in parks. The downside is some people will expect quick results when things go awry, and due to weather, terrain or other factors, cell phones don't always work, and helicopters aren't always available. When everything comes together, however, those modern devices can make a big difference for rescuers and victims alike.
California Senators Introduce Legislation To Expand Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks, Create National Monuments
Congress, which in December passed legislation that created a number of new national park units, is now being asked to expand by 75,000 acres the Mojave National Preserve as well as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, while also being called upon to create two new national monuments.