Repercussions from a massive, destructive flash flood that tore through Death Valley National Park last October may soon be felt in visitor wallets, as the California park is proposing entrance and campground fee increases to help cover $26 million in repairs to Scotty’s Castle and its access road through Grapevine Canyon.
Death Valley National Park
The high heat of Death Valley National Park is believed to have played a role in the death of a motorcyclist whose body was found in the southern end of the park.
Three men videotaped trespassing at the Devils Hole unit of Death Valley National Park face a range of felony charges, from killing an endangered species and destruction of property to being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
In a bid to arrest those responsible for vandalizing a warm spring with an endangered fish species, Death Valley National Park officials on Monday released a short video showing three men riding up to the Devils Hole unit of the park in an off-road vehicle and roaming around the grounds. Part of the video is from a camera in the warm spring itself. That segment shows one of the men in the water.
A reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of three men who broke into the Devils Hole area of Death Valley National Park and vandalized the area by discharging a firearm and swimming in the warm spring that nourished an endangered species of pupfish. At least one pupfish was killed.
Construction on Badwater Road is scheduled to start Monday to repair damage from last October’s flash floods. The route from southern Death Valley to Shoshone, California, will remain closed until construction is complete, which is scheduled for July 14
Weather has been cruel to Death Valley National Park in recent months. First torrential rains back in October did extensive damage in the park, and now winds gusting above 40mph have damaged roofs on three historic structures.
There is a place in Death Valley National Park, far, far off the beaten path, where strange things occur. Strange things such as rocks effortlessly coasting across the landscape. Let's take a look at this odd place in a short video.
National parks are phenomenal vacation destinations and a great place to bring your home on wheels. But when you do, some challenges are inevitable. Navigating a park’s curvy interior roads can be tricky, and campsites are astonishingly narrow for modern RVs. In Southern California, two neighboring parks perfectly illustrate the range of accommodations for RVers: Death Valley and Joshua Tree. One is more RV-friendly than the other, but both offer an unforgettable camping experience.
While great progress has been made at Death Valley National Park in cleaning up after October's historic rain storms, much remains to be done in some areas of the park. Scotty's Castle repairs are getting under way, though some will have to wait until funding materializes, according to park officials.