Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

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Gateways offer a warm welcome to Death Valley

March 15, 2010, 7:30 am
Desert towns outside the national park offer vast and quiet open spaces, good food and even music in an opera house. At 2 a.m. the coyotes began circling, yipping and howling in the darkness beyond our tepee. I gulped hard and stared at my friend Terry. Were these fearsome beasts ...

Death Valley's Furnace Creek Resort Offers Self-Drive Jeep Rentals

February 18, 2010, 7:12 am
The Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park has announced that self-drive Jeep rentals are now available to its guests and Death Valley visitors. The new Jeeps give visitors who arrive at the park in rental or two-wheel-drive vehicles an opportunity to explore some of the park’s rugged ...

Borax - How an All-Natural Cleaning Product Brought Tourism to the California Desert

February 16, 2010, 1:49 pm
Our grandmothers used it to clean laundry. A small-time miner discovered it and made a fortune. A forward-thinking company mined it and built the luxurious Inn at Furnace Creek in the California desert. The longest running radio program in U.S. history was inspired by it. And with the renewed ...

Death Valley Insiders List Top Park Activities

January 20, 2010, 6:35 am
The Furnace Resort is more than just a home base for a vacation in Death Valley National Park. It offers activities and advice for places to visit in the 3.3-million-acre park, the largest in the continental United States. Although there is plenty to do, the staff has shared their favorite ...

Species Spotlight: Death Valley Pupfish

January 19, 2010, 11:56 am
by Ashley Pettigrew In one of the most inhospitable environments in the world it’s well known that animals must adapt to survive. But one species has managed to survive and adapt so well that scientists and researchers now use it to determine the overall health of the ecosystem. Meet the ...

Meet the Death Valley ‘49ers

January 19, 2010, 11:27 am
An All-Volunteer Organization Supporting Death Valley National Park The Death Valley ‘49ers, Inc. was organized in 1949 for the purpose of planning a pageant in Death Valley to celebrate California’s centennial and commemorate the Death Valley Wagon Train of 1849 and the 20 Mule Team Borax.  The event attracted more ...

The Land of Extremes: Death Valley National Park

January 19, 2010, 11:17 am
by Ashley Pettigrew Nestled deep in the corner of America’s southwest, Death Valley National Park is a land of extremes. With summer temperatures averaging well over 100 °F and snowcapped mountains surrounding the valley in winter, Death Valley provides the perfect opportunity to view some of the more spectacular features ...

Top Ten Warm Winter Getaways

December 17, 2009, 10:38 am
Our national parks are home to beaches, deserts and subtropical wildernesses—all of which make great vacation destinations during the cold winter months. If you’re tired of all the snow and in search for an escape from your cold weather blues, check these Top 10 Warm Winter Getaways. 1. Death Valley ...

Desert reflection in Death Valley

November 30, 2009, 7:47 am
Encounters with unforgiving nature - and a few unlikely characters - unfold amid the otherworldly landscape of California's Death Valley National Park.The early morning sun crawled across the floor of Death Valley, illuminating the pond scum at Badwater, where mules once dropped dead of thirst. It pulled the darkness ...

Three Stunning National Park Images in Today's 'Big Picture'

November 23, 2009, 11:31 am
Today's Big Picture photo essay on features images from National Geographic's International Photography Contest. Here at we're glad to see that three of the 25 featured photos were taken in our national parks! One features Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, one features Wild Goose Island ...

Danger lurks for visitors in Death Valley National Park Temperatures often hit 120 in the summer, so pack lots of water and tak

August 10, 2009, 6:59 am
Drop $4 on an extra case of bottled water. Tell a family member where you're going and when you expect to be back. Such tasks seem almost trivial before you hit the road, but under the glare of the Mojave sun, these precautions might just save a life. ...

Visit a ghost town on the way to Death Valley National Park

June 10, 2009, 6:57 am
Have you ever read those headlines about old West ghost towns, with haunted  hotels and abandoned mining  towns and wonder what they have to offer?  This adventure if you are planning to go to Death Valley National Park from either the south of Ca. or from northern down the Hi-way 395 ...

Death Valley: Girl's Night Out

March 6, 2009, 12:27 pm
An impulse strikes you. Perhaps you’re driving down California 395 and you see a sign pointing to Death Valley. Or you’re in Las Vegas and decide to visit a national park that’s nearby. Your friends go along with you because it will be an adventure. So you turn off 395 ...

Death Valley California Chip Seal Test

February 17, 2009, 6:56 am
It's a safe bet the drivers of the stone-filled semis were not thinking about the engineering significance of the job as they focused on not letting their trailers jackknife and become airborne over the edge of the steep mountain ...

Storm Dumps 27 Inches of New Snow on Mount Charleston

February 10, 2009, 10:11 am
A weekend storm that brought cooler weather and more than half an inch of rain to the Las Vegas Valley also brought 27 inches of fresh snow to Mount Charleston and smiles to at least one ski resort operator.The precipitation sparked no weather emergencies in the valley, but it ...