Weekend’s Storms Cause Limited Road Closures
DEATH VALLEY, CA – This weekend’s storms left several roads in Death Valley National Park closed. Park hotels and major attractions remain open.
Titus Canyon, Emigrant Canyon, Wildrose and Dantes View Roads are closed to due snow and ice. Saline Valley’s South Pass is currently blocked by a vehicle stuck in a three-foot snow drift. West Side, Mustard Canyon and Devils Golf Course Roads are closed due to mud. The normally-dry Amargosa River is flowing across Harry Wade and West Side Roads.
The National Park Service will reopen these roads as soon as they are safe. Park rangers post road conditions at Facebook.com/DeathValleyRoadConditions.
Artist Drive is closed from January 9 through March 15, 2017 for repairs.
Major roads in the park remain open, including CA-190 and Badwater Road. This provides access to popular sites like Badwater Basin, Golden Canyon, Harmony Borax Works, and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
The National Park Service’s headquarters at Furnace Creek is experiencing a power outage that started Sunday afternoon. This is affecting park staff’s access to the internet and ability to respond to visitor questions by telephone, but has limited impact on the experience of visitors in the park. The restaurants and hotels have power.
The official rain gauge at Furnace Creek Visitor Center received 0.10 inches of rain on Friday, January 20 and 0.14 inches of rain on Sunday, January 22. Precipitation in Death Valley can vary significantly based on elevation and location.
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