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Scotty’s Castle Road Reopens, Construction Delays Continue in Death Valley National Park

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Scotty’s Castle Road will fully reopen to through traffic on Friday, April 11, 2014. Scotty’s Castle Road, also known as Bonnie Claire Road, is located in the northern part of Death Valley National Park, and provides access to Scotty’s Castle historic house museum.

 

Construction will continue after the road reopens. The project includes widening lanes, replacing the historic concrete fence line, installing flash flood mitigation, and repaving the road. A separate chip seal road project will begin on the 33-mile southern section of the road between CA-190 and Grapevine Ranger Station on Monday, April 14th. This section of the road may have 15-minute delays. Additionally, the northern 8-mile section of the road between Grapevine and the park boundary may have 30-minute delays. This net total of 45-minute delays on Scotty’s Castle Road is possible until mid-May.

 

Currently Scotty’s Castle house tours are offered from 10:00am to 3:00pm, at least every hour. Tour schedules will be reduced for the summer season. Starting Sunday, April 21, the minimum daily schedule will be house tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00, although more tours may be added. Underground tours will resume in the fall.

 

Reservations for tours can be made up to 9pm the night before at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. On the day of the tour, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Scotty’s Castle.

 

For general information about Death Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov/deva. For general information about Scotty’s Castle, visit go.nps.gov/scottyscastle or call 760-786-2392.

 

 

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AdventureCORPS Presents Badwater Immersion on May 2-4, 2014 in Borrego Springs, CA

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in News | 6 comments

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Would you like to learn all about Badwater® and Ultrarunning, without having to run 50 to 135 miles? Would you like to enjoy a 48-hour active learning get-away in an awesome Southern California oasis in the company of high-energy, super friendly, very accomplished people like yourself? If so, AdventureCORPS invites you to immerse yourself in the world of ultra running and Badwater with some of the biggest names and most insightful coaches, promoters, and professionals ever assembled. Come to learn, to have fun, to expand your horizons, to learn the secrets of longevity, health, and more in this jam-packed weekend get-away held at a southern California desert oasis. Come to Badwater Immersion on May 2-4 in Borrego Springs, CA! Tuition costs just $79 for runners and crews entered in Badwater Salton Sea and just $99 for the general public. Registration closes on April 30. Open to the public, to anyone with on the quest to know and do more, Badwater Immersion will be held immediately before the world-famous Badwater Salton Sea race, giving participants the chance to rub elbows, run, practice yoga, and hang out with some of ultra running’s most elite athletes. Invitation to attend is extended to anyone interested in the BADWATER events and Ultra Running, whether as a competitor or crew member. The program includes two morning runs through Borrego Springs, Yoga Tune Up® and Yoga For Athletes classes, a three-hour hike, and four sessions of programs on subjects such as “Designing a Multi-Year Plan to Compete in a Pinnacle Event,” “Crewing 101,” “Finding a Balance in Your Life,” “Mental Aspects of Ultra Sports,” and “Conquering Your Life’s Badwaters.” Presenters include Marshall Ulrich, Jimmy Dean Freeman, Frank McKinney, and Laurie Kostman, plus an all-star panel of Badwater veterans for a round-table Q&A. Info below. More info: http://www.badwater.com/immersion/ Meet our incredible line-up of presenters: Marshall Ulrich is known by many as the ultimate endurance athlete. He has run more than 120 ultramarathons averaging over 125 miles each, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races, and climbed the Seven Summits all on his first attempts. He is a nineteen-time finisher of the Badwater 135 and completed the 2013 Badwater Salton Sea on Team Stray Dogs, as well as Furnace Creek 508 in 1996. Marshall also finished the first-ever circumnavigation on foot of Death Valley National Park, about 425 miles in one of the hottest, driest places on earth, during the most blistering month in U.S. history (July 2012). He’s ranked this expedition as tougher than ascending Mount Everest, but not as challenging as his record-setting transcontinental run of more than 3,000 miles from San Francisco to New York City, which was the subject of his memoir, Running on Empty. In his sixties and still actively competing, Marshall inspires adventurers, active and armchair athletes, and a growing general audience by sharing his experiences and defying the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.” Jimmy Dean Freeman is founder and head coach of Coyote Running in the Los Angeles area and is a veteran finisher of the 2010 Badwater 135 and 2013 Badwater Salton Sea. His Badwater 135 experience also includes crewing and pacing for Jorge Pacheco in 2009 and serving as crew chief and pacer for Kurt Lindermueller in 2011 and then Jay Smithberger in 2013. Jimmy is known for his pep talks and his emphasis on training the mind and mentality like a muscle. Since 2002, he has coached thousands of adults and young people to run more often, run further and run easier by helping dispel myths about running and creating an uplifting environment to propel people to break through self-imposed glass ceilings. Jimmy has been running competitively for nearly 30 years (200+ races, including the Angeles Crest 100, the Western States 100) and has over 13 years of coaching experience tackling ultra endurance over the last 7 years of that span. He has helped many runners & athletes to complete their first ultra trail races and 100 milers, and has personally completed 20+ races of 50 miles (or further) since 2005 while only failing to finish 3 races over that stretch. Personal bests include a 1:18 Half Marathon, 2:56 Marathon, 3:56 50k,7:07 50 Mile & 17:34 100 Mile. Frank McKinney is an eight-time entrant and six-time finisher of the Badwater 135. He is also a Real Estate Artist, 5-time International Bestselling Author, super hero meets Robin Hood, Philanthro-Capitalist, Risk-Taker, Ultramarathoner, Actor and Visionary who sees opportunities and creates markets where none existed before. Frank creates real estate markets where others dare to tread. He has built spec homes (homes built without a buyer) valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Since his first $2.2 million oceanfront spec home in 1992, Frank has created and sold 41 oceanfront properties with an average selling price over $14 million. Most importantly, Frank founded Caring House Project Foundation, which, in 2014, is planning to build its 21st self-sufficient village in Ravine a’ Couleuvre, a small Haitian enclave near the Town of L’Estere (pop 3,000). Kate Martini Freeman co-founded Coyote Running with her husband, Jimmy. She crewed the Badwater 135 for Shannon Farar-Griefer in 2011 & 2013, as well as Badwater Salton Sea in 2013 for Team Coyote, who went on to be the race champions. She completed her first race in 2002, the Kona Marathon (4:59:51) and has since lowered her marathon PR to 2:58:30. She has gone on to complete over 35 marathons. In 2006 and 2007 she focused on triathlons, most notably placing third in her age group in a full Ironman distance triathlon. In 2009 she ventured into the world of ultramarathons, completing a handful of 50k’s (winning five of them), two 50-milers, a 100k and two 100 mile trail runs. Her current goals (besides healing from a broken leg she brought back from a night time running excursion down a mountain in Iceland) are to improve her marathon time, test the boundaries of what she can run on the trails and inspire as many people as possible along the way. By day she exercises her passion for the arts, as a creative director for a beauty company. Her early mornings and evenings are spent running with and coaching the most fun category of people on the planet (crazy ultra-runners). Laurie Kostman is a fitness professional and exercise specialist with over 20 years of experience. She first joined the AdentureCORPS race staff in 2003 and has worked at five Badwater 135 races, the 2013 Badwater Salton Sea, and seven Furnace Creek 508 races. She also teaches yoga classes at all AdventureCORPS cycling camps and events. Laurie was trained as a yoga teacher at the world renowned White Lotus Foundation and holds a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 instructor certification and Yoga Tune Up® certification, as well as personal trainer, Mat Pilates, and indoor cycling certifications. As an outdoor athlete, Laurie is a veteran of Hell Week Texas, the 2011 Million Dollar Challenge (San Francisco to La Jolla by tandem bicycle: 620 miles in seven days on behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation), and she ran her first marathon during the Ironman Revisited Triathlon in 2005. She serves at Chief Wellness Officer for AdventureCORPS and as a Group Fitness Instructor for Equinox in Woodland Hills, Encino, and Westlake Village, CA. She is a mother of two and incredible wife. Chris Kostman has been the race director of the Badwater 135 since 2000 and has been producing ultra-distance sports events since 1984. He got his start early in ultra sports: He set world ultra cycling records in high school in 1984 and 1985 (riding against the clock from San Francisco City Hall to Los Angeles Cith Hall) and completed the 3127-mile, eleven-day Race Across America bicycle race at age 20 in 1987. That was a springboard to competing in events as diverse as the Triple Ironman in France, the 6.5-mile Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Canada, numerous winter ultras on mountain bike or snowshoes in Alaska, and scores of 24-hour mountain bike races and 200-mile or longer road bike races. He ran the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon and has run three 100-mile foot race on showshoes. Through his company, AdventureCORPS, he productes events such as the venerable Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race and the world-famous Badwater Ultramarathon 135-mile foot race and its sister events, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear. Chris has also published over 250 articles about the endurance world. All the info: http://www.badwater.com/immersion/
The BADWATER ULTRA CUP comprises Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and Badwater 135 in July. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. More info below and here. BADWATER® CAPE FEAR The BADWATER® ultra running experience came to the East Coast for the first time when the inaugural BADWATER CAPE FEAR race tookl place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 22, 2014. Besides featuring a 50km/51-mile ultra running race, this new event was also designed as a Spring Break Vacation and Badwater Family Reunion at a remote island get-away. The race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur! There were multiple social events and outdoor activities held in the days before and after the actual race, so many entrants made a 3- to 5-day trip out of the adventure and brought their family, friends, and club mates! 80 runners competed in the inaugural edition. All the info is at http://www.badwater.com/capefear/ BADWATER® SALTON SEA This remarkable race, first held in 2013, challenges 25 teams of three ultrarunners – running together for the duration, not in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. Scheduled for May 5-6, the race covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd edition of this highly acclaimed race. All the info is athttp://www.badwater.com/ss/ BADWATER® 135 “The World’s Toughest Foot Race” is going through an evolution this year because of permitting issues with the National Park Service. Scheduled for July 21-23, the new and improved 135-Mile World Championship event will feature an incredible route based in Lone Pine, CA and which does NOT pass through Death Valley National Park. The 2014 route features over 19,000 feet of elevation gain, two dramatic ascents into the Sierra Nevada to 10,000 feet and 8300 feet, and a 15-mile, self-supported, dirt road trek to Cerro Gordo, an authentic ghost town. As always, the finish line is at Mt. Whitney Portal. Al field of 100 runners representing 25 countries has been selected to compete. All the info is at http://www.badwater.com Contact: Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director AdventureCORPS, Inc. 638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311 Oak Park, CA 91377 USA http://www.adventurecorps.com http://www.badwater.com

Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate National Park Week

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20, 2014 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

National Park Week runs from April 19-27, 2014. As part of the week, the Death Valley National Park will promote junior ranger activities for National Junior Ranger Day on April 26th. Materials are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

The wildflowers are out in force this year, despite a drought in the rest of California. In some areas of the park there is an abundance of wildflowers along the roads and are draping hillsides with color. Or you can enjoy a day at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, wind your way through Golden Canyon, or stay cool with a visit to Scotty’s Castle. Stroll along the salt flats at Badwater or see the colorful display of minerals at Artist’s Palette. Temperatures are expected to be warm, so carry plenty of water and sunscreen, and plan outdoor activities for early in the day.

This year’s theme of “Go Wild!” coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Of Death Valley’s 3.4 million acres, 93% of the park is designated wilderness, offering unique natural experiences and outstanding opportunities for solitude.

To help plan your trip, go to www.nps.gov/deva, or call 760-786-3200 for more information. See www.nps.gov/npweek for more information on National Park Week.

 

 

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Death Valley National Park Hosts Third Annual MarsFest: Linking Extremes of Earth and Space

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in News | 6 comments

Death Valley National Park announces the third annual MarsFest March 28-30, 2014. MarsFest is designed to elevate public awareness about planetary analog research taking place on Earth, and its associated missions in space such as Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the upcoming 2020 missions.

The National Park Service is proud to collaborate again this year with the SETI Institute (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), various NASA branches, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to bring scientists and the public together to explore the fascinating research being done in this field.

Death Valley National Park encompasses some of the most extreme environments on the planet.  For decades, planetary scientists have come to the park to conduct research and instrument testing.  There are several planetary analog research sites —sites that are equivalent to those on other planets–within the park’s boundaries. Field trips to some of the sites are scheduled for Saturday March 29th.

The event is free and requires no registration, and is appropriate for all ages. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist within the Space Science Division of NASA Ames, and will also feature scientist-led field trips to analog sites such as Badwater Basin, Ubehebe Volcanic Field, and Mesquite Sand Dunes The event will also offer guest lectures and special presentations at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. An additional feature is a “Curiosity Hour” update featuring scientists participating in the MSL Curiosity rover mission, followed by a Q&A session.

For more information and a schedule of events, see http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/marsfest-2014 or Terry Baldino at terry_baldino@nps.gov760-786-3279.

 

 

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Tourism to Death Valley National Park creates $78 million in Economic Benefits

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in News | 3 comments

Report shows visitor spending supports 929 jobs in local economy

Death Valley, CA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 1 million visitors to Death Valley National Park in 2012 spent $78 million in communities nearthe park. That spending supported 929 jobs in the local area.

“Death Valley National Park is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said superintendent Kathy Billings. “We are delighted to share the storyof this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National Park tourism is asignificant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciatethe partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz forthe National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spendingsupported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and otheramusement and recreation (20 percent).

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California

communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment,and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/CALIFORNIA.

 

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Death Valley National Parks Announces Wilderness Walk Series

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in News | 3 comments

Death Valley National Parks Announces Wilderness Walk Series

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Death Valley, CA–Join Death Valley National Park in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by participating in a “Wilderness Walk” within the 3.1 million acres of designated wilderness in the lower 48’s largest designated area.

 

Wilderness is a specific designation bestowed by Congress for the “permanent good of the whole people”. Congress established a National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964 to be composed of federally owned areas for the preservation of wilderness character, which retains qualities such as natural, undeveloped, untrammeled, and offers opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation.

 

The walks will be held this spring on “Wilderness Wednesdays” and will commence on March 5, 2014. Following dates will be March 12, 19, and 26 and April 2, until resumption in the fall.  There will be family friendly hikes from 2-3 hours, or longer excursions from 4-6 hours, including driving time to destinations not regularly visited by the park’s guided hikes. All hikes will be within a 45 minute drive of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. In addition, the park will offer programs that touch on the wilderness theme throughout the year.

 

The hikes will be led by the park’s wilderness coordinator Ranger Charlie Callagan, a 23-year veteran of the park. Ranger Callagan worked in the park before it had any protected wilderness. The California Desert Protection Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, changing Death Valley’s status from a National Monument to a National Park, and adding 1.3 million acres of former Bureau of Land Management land.

 

Walks will be limited to 15 people, so advance registration is necessary. Sign up starts the Monday before the hike, you can stop by the Furnace Creek Visitor Center front desk to register. For more information about Death Valley National Park go to www.nps.gov/deva.

 

 

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Death Valley National Park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center Captures First Ever Design Award of Excellence

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in News | 10 comments

Death Valley National Park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center

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Captures First Ever Design Award of Excellence

 

Death Valley, CA—The Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park was granted the Award of Excellence from Docomomo US.  The award is part of the Modernism of America Awards, the first national program of its kind to celebrate the projects and people working to preserve and rehabilitate significant mid-century modern buildings for continued productive use, and to raise public awareness of the ongoing threats to modern architecture and design.

 

The program seeks to acknowledge the substantial economic and cultural impact such projects had and continue to have on our local communities and to set a standard for how preserving modern architecture can be accomplished. Through the awards program, Docomomo US seeks to bring attention to the many successful local, regional, and national projects, and elevate an appreciation for the value of modern architecture to our cultural and architectural history. Theodore Prudon FIA, president of Docomomo US states, “The quality and variety of the nominated projects submitted for the inaugural year of the Docomomo US Modernism in America Awards is inspiring and speaks to the increasing interest in the cultural value mid-century modern architecture brings to the United States.”

 

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center captured the Design Award of Excellence for the restoration of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park. In selecting the project, the jury noted the exemplary attention to detail in the preservation and expansion of the site. “Receiving a million visitors annually, Furnace Creek Visitor Center is an outstanding example of the National Park Service’s “Mission 66” program.”

 

Speaking on behalf of the jury, architect James Polshek continued, “With the recent loss of Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama building at Gettysburg and a number of Mission 66 sites lost or in serious need of restoration, we congratulate the team for recognizing the high architectural and historic value of the complex, committing the funding for its preservation and sensitively restoring, adapting and expanding it for continued productive use. The Furnace Creek project demonstrates the capacity of modern buildings to be productive, adaptable and sustainable well into the future.” Built in 1959 by noted Park Service architect Cecil Doty, the buildings were sensitively expanded in the lobby, restrooms and administrative offices. The additions respect the original architecture, while character defining features were preserved and historically significant landscaping was thoughtfully rehabilitated. New pedestrian paving and shade structures were added for visitor accommodation. LEED Gold certification is pending.

 

“Death Valley National Park is proud to have the Furnace Creek Visitor Center recognized though this award. A lot of thought and hard work was put in to keep the buildings true to their original design, yet increasing the functionality for modern day users” said Kathy Billings, Park Superintendent.

 

The Visitor Center was completed and re-opened to the public in November 2012, and holds an array of new exhibits and a new 20 minute park film “Seeing Death Valley”, narrated by Donald Sutherland. Visitor Center hours are everyday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information see www.nps.gov/deva.

 

About Docomomo: Docomomo US (which stands for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement) was founded in 1995 and is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Docomomo US has 15 regional chapters whose members work to exchange knowledge, stimulate interest, educate the public, and advocate for the appropriate protection and preservation of significant modern buildings, sites and neighborhoods and landscapes in the United State. More information on the awards program is available at http://docomomo-us.org/programs/awards.

 

 

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Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend with Free Admission to All National Parks

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Death Valley, CA– To celebrate the connections between our national leaders and national parks, all 401 National Park Service sites will have free admission during Presidents Day weekend, February 15-17. It is a wonderful time of year to visit Death Valley National Park, with its warm temperatures and promise of spring flowers.

“Every U.S. president has visited, resided in, or been honored in a national park,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Sites such as George Washington’s birthplace, Ulysses Grant’s battlefields and Jimmy Carter’s farm provide insight into the character of the men who have governed our country. Visit a national park and walk in their footsteps. See where they lived and learned, relaxed and recharged, experienced triumphs and tribulations.”

In addition to free entrance, many parks will host special events to celebrate the holiday weekend, including the unveiling of new permanent exhibits at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa.  Visit the Presidents Day page on www.nps.gov for a calendar of events as well astravel itineraries and lesson plans about the presidents.

Take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt – perhaps the president most associated with national parks – and visit one of America’s special places. In his words, “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on five additional days in 2014 – the first weekend of National Park Week (April 19 and 20), the National Park Service’s 98th birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 27) and Veterans Day (November 11).

National park passes that provide free or discounted admission year round are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.

 

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Death Valley NP Announces New Tour and Road Construction Schedule at Scotty’s Castle

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in News | 3 comments

Death Valley NP Announces New Tour and Road Construction Schedule

at Scotty’s Castle

 

Death Valley, CA—Road construction in northern Death Valley National Park will continue for the next several weeks. Crews will be on the road both east and west of Scotty’s Castle and the road to Mesquite Springs Campground.  Construction is in progress on eight miles of Scotty’s Castle Road (also known as North Highway or Bonnie Clare Road). Drivers can expect up to 30 minute delays on Scotty’s Castle Road and the Mesquite Springs Campground Road. The construction project is bounded by the Grapevine Ranger Station and the Death Valley National Park boundary. Pavement has been removed, so sections of both of these roads are currently unpaved.

 

Mesquite Springs Campground and road will be closed for one week, likely in late February or early March.

 

Part of Scotty’s Castle Road will be closed from February 10 through April 10, 2014. This closure affects five miles of road, from east of Scotty’s Castle to the Death Valley National Park boundary. During that time there will be no access to Scotty’s Castle from Scotty’s Junction on US-95 (from the east).

 

At all times, access will remain open to Scotty’s Castle from CA-190 via Scotty’s Castle Road (from the south) and from the unpaved Big Pine – Death Valley Road (from the northwest).

 

Scotty’s Castle will remain open daily during the road construction project. Tours are offered from 10:00am through 3:00pm. Reservations can be made until 9:00pm the previous night at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777.

 

More information about Death Valley National Park or Scotty’s Castle can be found at www.nps.gov/deva.

 

 

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Comments Sought for Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan Alternatives Development Death Valley National Park

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in News | 8 comments

Comments Sought for

Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan

Alternatives Development

Death Valley National Park

 

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to help inform and shape alternatives development for a management plan and environmental impact statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park (Park). Five alternatives have been drafted and the Park Service is asking for comments at three public meetings in February. Comments can also be submitted electronically or by mail.

 

The purpose of the proposed plan is to provide a basis for managing this remote yet popular area of the park, balancing the protection of unique natural and cultural resources with public health and visitor use at the Saline Valley Warm Springs.

 

Public input is important to this planning process, and the NPS encourages participation at the open house style public meetings at the Park and in gateway communities on February 4-6, 2014.  The NPS will present the elements of the preliminary alternatives and provide opportunity for attendees to comment on these and other reasonable options for the planning process.  The agency is asking for detailed comments on specific elements of an alternative(s) to help guide the Park in refining the alternatives.

 

Schedule:

On Tuesday February 4, the NPS will be hosting an open house from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Multi-Purpose Room, located in Death Valley National Park, 271 Highway 190, Death Valley, CA.

 

On Wednesday February 5, the NPS will be hosting an open house from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Lone Pine, CA at Statham Hall, which is located on 138 N. Jackson Street in Lone Pine, CA.

 

On Thursday February 6, the NPS will be hosting an open house from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Ridgecrest, CA at the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, located at 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd in Ridgecrest, CA.

 

The preliminary alternatives can be viewed at NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/deva. Comments for this phase of the planning process will be accepted until March 28, 2014. There are several ways to provide comments:

 

Comments will be accepted in person at the public open house meetings. Additionally, public comment may be submitted online until March 28, 2014, at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/deva.

 

If you do not have internet access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery by March 28, 2014 to:

 

Death Valley National Park

ATTN: Saline Valley Management Plan

P.O. Box 579

Death Valley, CA 92328

 

Comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted by an individual or organization on behalf of another individual or organization will not be accepted.

 

Notice Regarding FOIA

 

It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commenters using the website can make such a request by checking the box “keep my contact information private.”  NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.

 

 

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