The Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) serves as the official nonprofit partner of Death Valley NP and Ash Meadows NWR, and we remain committed to education, preservation, partnership, and accountability. This fiscal year, we proudly donated over $500,000 to Death Valley National Park. However, Hurricane Hillary has dealt a significant blow to our organization, halting the majority of our operations and leaving extensive repairs in its aftermath. Almost all of DVNHA’s operations are closed because of this shutdown. Thankfully, our online store and donation portal are still accessible, but the future of our mission is at risk without immediate help. Donations to the DVNHA Unrestricted Fund are vital; they provide the flexibility to address urgent needs and ensure our operations can continue smoothly. Please consider donating to our unrestricted fund to ensure our shared legacy continues.
Death Valley NP Updates
Flood Updates and Estimated Reopening Timeline
On August 20, during Hurricane Hilary, Death Valley National Park experienced its rainiest day ever, with the amount of rain surpassing its annual average. The storm caused severe flash floods, damaging and closing all park roads, including CA-190. Sections of park roads were left unsupported due to erosion, and up to 5 feet of debris covered some areas. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), contractors, and the National Park Service (NPS) are working diligently on repairs. Park officials anticipate a phased reopening; Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells might take weeks, while secondary roads could be closed for months. Despite the vast extent of the damage and over 1,400 miles of roads, progress is being made.
Caltrans and the NPS have tentatively set October 15 for the reopening of parts of CA-190 and sections of Death Valley National Park. Access will be limited to the western entrance via Lone Pine, CA. The reopening is contingent on future weather and material availability. Eastern entrances and most secondary roads will remain closed.
Read the latest NPS press release here.
Ash Meadows NWR Updates
Ash Meadows NWR Remains Open!
While Death Valley National Park is currently closed for repairs, we invite you to explore the beauty of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The Death Valley Natural History Association proudly welcomes visitors to the Ash Meadows NWR Visitor Center, where you can immerse yourself in the region’s rich history and unique ecology. Don’t miss the Crystal Pool Boardwalk, a serene path that offers breathtaking views and the chance to appreciate the area’s natural wonders. Experience the vibrant ecosystems and learn about the diverse wildlife that calls Ash Meadows home while discovering another gem in the heart of the desert!
Read more about Ash Meadows by visiting our Ash Meadows NWR Trip Planning webpage!
Death Valley 49ers’ Encampment
The Annual Death Valley 49ers’ Encampment is normally held every year in Death Valley National Park. However, due to flood damage caused from Hurricane Hilary in August this has caused for the uncertainty of a reopening date. Therefore, the Death Valley 49ers’ have made the decision to move their annual encampment to Longstreet Inn Casino & RV Park in Amargosa Valley, NV. The Encampment will still take place on November 8-11, 2023.
For more details about the encampment visit the Death Valley 49ers’ website.
While Death Valley NP may be temporarily closed, journey through its beauty by shopping our online store! Travel across the salt flats of Badwater to the heights Telescope Peak and onto the melodious dunes of Eureka Valley. These guides, bursting with colorful photos, are your essential companion for a trip into the heart of the American West.
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Education ● Preservation ●
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