DEATH VALLEY, CA – Due to the government shutdown, several sites within Death Valley National Park will be closing for health and safety concerns associated with continuing issues of human waste, trash, vandalism and park resource damage.
On Friday, January 4, the Furnace Creek and Texas Springs Campgrounds will be closed. Access roads to Natural Bridge, Dantes View, and Keane Wonder Mine will also be closed. The road to Salt Creek remains closed.
Visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations. During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible.
All normal park rules and regulations still apply and violators will be cited. Dogs are not permitted on park trails or off leash. Off-road vehicle travel is illegal within the park, vehicles must stay on established roadways. Camping must be in accordance with park regulations. The Stovepipe Wells Campground as well as private campgrounds at The Oasis Furnace Creek Ranch and Panamint Springs remain open and operational.
Visitors are encouraged to stop and use restroom facilities in the gateway communities before entering the park as there are extremely limited restroom facilities in the park. Visitors are also encouraged to practice leave no trace principles and pack in and pack out waste.
Additional roads and facilities within Death Valley National Park may close at any time for the health and safety of park visitors.
Thanks to donations from The Oasis at Death Valley, restrooms at the Ryan Junction, Zabriskie Point, Golden Canyon, and Badwater are cleaned and stocked daily. The Death Valley Natural History Association has also made a donation to have the Furnace Creek Visitor Center open from 8am-5pm daily. Ortega National Parks LLC. continues to operate the Stovepipe Wells Campground as a donation.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.