Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

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 efficient features that are expected to save the park $14,000 a year.

Much of the exterior of the building was left untouched to preserve its history, though the old sign outside was changed from "museum" to "visitor center" and an ornamental pool on the grounds now holds glass tiles instead of water.

The work inside the visitor center is ongoing.