Heading to Death Valley National Park any time soon? If so, and you're planning to explore some of the more remote areas of the park, you should know that a good handful of roads have been washed away by unusually heavy (for Death Valley) July rains.
Death Valley National Park
The website for Death Valley National Park accurately describes this vast desert area as "Hottest, Driest, Lowest," and a couple of other superlatives would apply to the park as well. Death Valley is the largest NPS area in the Lower 48 and the park has recently announced completion of a plan to manage the "largest area of designated national park wilderness in the contiguous United States."
Around The Parks: Hot Times In Death Valley, Teachers At C&O Canal, Yellowstone Visitation, And Riding The Train
The world's hottest day will be recalled at Death Valley National Park next month, while the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking teachers, Yellowstone National Park is watching visitation climb, and Steamtown National Historic Site trains will be running to the Delaware Water Gap late this month.
A wildfire approached Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park, but firefighters managed to keep the flames from reaching the historic complex.
Having replaced the entire water and sewer system of the Furnace Creek Campground, added a new bathroom, and expanded electrical service for RVs, Death Valley National Park officials are now proposing an increase in camping fees to help cover the costs of providing electricity to the campground.
Audio tours at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, potential political tinkering with the Antiquities Act, and reviving the organ at Scotty's Castle in Death Valley are among the items in this week's roundup from around the parks.
Around The Parks: Solar Power At Death Valley, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Tamiami Trail Through The Everglades
Solar power at Death Valley National Park, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin, and the Tamiami Trail that crosses the Everglades are just some of the items in our roundup of what's going on in the National Park System.
Sarah Craighead has come full circle. It took trips through Saguaro and Death Valley national parks, and some other units of the National Park System, but she's back where she started her career several decades ago.
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.
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.