Death Valley National Park reopened a limited number of roads and services in the northern area of the park on Wednesday morning. The roads and services opening Wednesday represent the first public access to the park since the August 15th closure.
The following roads opened:
California State Highway 178 from Ridgecrest to Death Valley National Park.
California Highway 190 from U.S Highway 395 to the junction with the Scotty's Castle Road.
Scotty's Castle Road from Highway 190 north to Nevada Highway 267 and U.S. Highway 95 at Scotty's Junction.
Wildrose-Emigrant Canyon Road connecting California Highways 178 and 190 through Death Valley National Park.
In addition, the following facilities resumed operation:
Scotty's Castle reopened for ranger-guided tours; its gas station, gift shop, and snack bar also opened.
Stovepipe Wells Village, including lodging, gas station, restaurant, RV hookups, and the general store.
Emigrant, Wildrose, Thorndike, Mahogany Flat, and Mesquite Springs campgrounds.
Entrance fees are not being charged for access to the park during this period of limited access, but camping fees and Scotty's Castle guided tour fees are being collected. All other park roads and visitor services remain closed due to ongoing cleanup and repair operations. A total of 91 NPS employees from Death Valley and other nearby parks are involved in ongoing recovery operations, including staff from Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Mojave National Preserve, Zion National Park, and the Santa Fe Support Office of the Intermountain Region. For further information and updates on flood recovery activities, please visit the Death Valley National Park website at www.nps.gov/deva
[Submitted by Joe Zarki, Public Information Officer]