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Death Valley Natural History Association April E-Newsletter

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Death Valley NP

Spring Warmth & Wildflowers

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Bright yellow desert gold is covering the desert in Panamint Valley. NPS/ C.Mills

Death Valley NP, though missing a “superbloom” this year, still boasts pockets of vibrant wildflowers in places like Panamint Valley, where desert gold flowers paint the landscape. The beauty of this season’s blooms lies in their scattered arrangement, inviting explorers to venture through the landscape to uncover these floral treasures. Visitors are reminded to tread carefully and never pick the flowers to preserve these delicate wonders. As always, remember to park in designated parking areas, dress for the weather, and stay hydrated. These steps ensure a safe and enjoyable exploration of Death Valley NP’s unique floral displays.

NEW Online Backcountry Permit System

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Backcountry users enjoy solitude in a designated campsite along Echo Canyon Rd. NPS/J. Hallett

Beginning April 30th, 2024, Death Valley NP will introduce an online backcountry permit system available on, allowing visitors to reserve permits up to six months in advance. This new system replaces the previous same-day permit system and it was created to facilitate a more solitary experience while minimizing environmental impact. Permits for certain areas remain free and optional.

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Updated Camping Fees Go Into Effect May 1st 

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Developed campgrounds are located throughout the park; in locations that allow visitors to be in the middle of the action or get away from it all like Mesquite Springs Campground pictured above. NPS/ K.Moses

Beginning May 1, 2024, Death Valley National Park will adjust its fees for developed campgrounds. This adjustment complies with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), which mandates that recreational fees correspond with the benefits and services offered. This ensures they are periodically revisited and updated as necessary. The revenue generated from entrance and camping fees is critical for the park, as it directly supports visitor services and the upkeep of public facilities, including campgrounds. The changes will be as follows::

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Ash Meadows NWR

Junior Refuge Ranger Day 2024

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Sparking curiosity and conservation at the DVNHA table.

Junior Refuge Ranger Day, held on March 30, 2024, was a memorable event filled with laughter and learning. At the DVNHA table, participants were treated to a mix of activities: trivia that broadened knowledge, coloring activities that sparked creativity, and Pupfish Pong, an entertaining game with a conservation twist. It was a day that truly inspired the next generation of wildlife protectors and nature lovers, all while ensuring they had a fantastic time.

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Education ● Preservation ● Partnership ● Accountability


Preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the Death Valley region in cooperation with our government partners:
Death Valley National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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