Death Valley National Park

The mystery of Death Valley's missing pupfish

March 12, 2012, 8:02 am
The Devil's Hole pupfish is arguably one of the cooler species around. These tiny iridescent blue fish, just a bit over an inch long, live in one place only, a deep pool in the Amargosa Valley of west Nevada, in a place called Ash Meadows, an outpost of California's ...

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Death Valley Side Trip: China Ranch Date Farm prospers in remote oasis

March 12, 2012, 7:54 am
Located in a secluded California desert canyon near Death Valley National Park, China Ranch Date Farm surprises first-time visitors. At the end of a twisting road between chalky cliffs cut into desert seemingly barren of plant life, this hidden oasis fills a little valley with groves of stately date ...

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Species Spotlight: Chuckwalla

March 9, 2012, 11:05 am
One thing you can almost always count on finding in the desert (besides an arid climate) is a lizard. Cold-blooded lizards are made for the hot temperatures and blazing sun. The unique chuckwalla is no exception. Chuckwallas, or “chucks” for short, are close relatives of the iguana. Growing up ...

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Remodeled visitor center to open in Death Valley National Park

February 16, 2012, 9:50 am
Visitors to Death Valley National Park now have a cool new place to escape the heat. The national park 100 miles west of Las Vegas is opening the doors Thursday to its remodeled visitor center at Furnace Creek, Calif. The 52-year-old building has been retrofitted with solar panels and other energy ...

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New national monument could add to Great Basin’s scenic spaces

February 8, 2012, 10:42 am
On a quiet swath of land in Morongo Valley, wildflowers, boulders and sky stretch for miles. Water trickles down a hill, coating the pebbles below with moss. The Little Morongo Canyon area is designated as federal wilderness area, but its designation leaves it vulnerable to competing interests. Conservationists and a slew ...

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Death Valley’s Ubehebe Crater could explode again

January 24, 2012, 6:43 am
Conditions still ripe for massive steam-magma interactions Along with heat exhaustion, flash floods, rock falls, rattlesnakes and scorpions, visitors to Death Valley may one day witness a phreatomagmatic explosion in Ubehebe Crater, one of many unusual geologic formations in the California national park. Geologists recently took a close look at the ...

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Beyond the Main Road at Death Valley National Park

Much of Death Valley’s beautiful scenery is located beyond the park’s main road. More than 800 miles of unpaved, backcountry roads provide access to wilderness hiking, camping and historical sites. You’ll need a licensed, street-legal vehicle with high clearance for all backcountry roads, some of which may also require ...

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Death Valley Ghost Towns

No trip to Death Valley would be complete without visiting one of the area’s many ghost towns! The conditions of the ruins vary, but all serve as reminders of Death Valley’s rough and tumble mining history. Ballarat Ballarat, a gold mine camp, was home to 400 people in 1898. Today, it ...

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Rhyolite Area : Mercantile at Rhyolite Ghost Down near Death Valley
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Celebrate the 62nd annual Death Valley '49ers Encampment!

When the weather in the north starts getting chilly, head down to warmer weather for some fun. Join the Death Valley '49ers from Nov. 9-13 for the 62nd annual Death Valley '49ers encampment. The encampment includes a large amount of family friendly activities that will be sure to entertain.

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