As of mid-November, the temporary shallow lake at Badwater is still present. Although it is only a few inches deep, it is very beautiful. This is a rare event; we don't know how long the lake will be there.
There were temporary ponds in Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes following the flooding, but they have dried up.
There are a small number of individual wildflowers, but the park is NOT having a major flower bloom. It is too early to know if there will be an impressive bloom in our normal wildflower season, mid-February through mid-April.
Death Valley Road Status
— Open Roads (paved) — Closed Roads — Dirt Roads: Many backcountry roads have areas of moderate to severe damage due to flooding. Some areas are impassable. --- Hiking Trails
Roads & Locations
On August 20, 2023, rain from the remnants of Hurricane Hilary triggered flash floods that damaged all park roads. Although many roads remain closed, many popular points of interest and hiking trails have reopened.
CA HWY 190- open all the way through the park. Expect delays and multiple locations with active road work. (Access to: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Mosaic Canyon Trail, Harmony Borax Works, Zabriskie Point.)
CLOSED: Note that road closures listed below apply to ALL motorized vehicles, including motorcycles. Thank you for your patience as we work to reopen these locations. Bicycles and foot traffic are permitted (except for Bonnie Clare Road). Bicycle use is prohibited in Titus Canyon for safety reasons.
Father Crowley/Rainbow Canyon Vista Point- within active construction zone along CA Hwy 190.
Beatty Cutoff Road- contractors will make permanent repairs fixes. Estimated reopening sometime after February or March 2024. (No access to: Keane Wonder Mine)
North Highway - this may open by late December. (No access to: Fall Canyon Trail, Old Stovepipe Wells, Lower Titus Canyon, Ubehebe Crater, Racetrack Road)
Wildrose Road / Emigrant Canyon Road- this will open sometime after April 2024. Work will be done by a permanent repairs contract. (No access to: Wildrose Charcoal Kilns, Wildrose Peak Trail, Telescope Peak Trail)
Bonnie Clare Road and Scotty’s Castle due to flood recovery work . Unlikely to open beforelate 2025. No access permitted. No foot, bicycle, motorcycle, vehicle, etc. use allowed.
Twenty Mule Team Road
Grotto Canyon - the road now ends where it used to drop into the wash.
Echo Canyon Road
Hole in the Wall Road
Cottonwood Canyon & Marble Canyon Roads - only Cottonwood sites 3-10 and Marble sites 1-4 are open for permitted camping.
Greenwater Valley (aka Furnace Creek Wash Road) - access to Deadman Pass and Gold Valley. Use extreme caution on Gold Valley Road, which has not been repaired since it was damaged by flooding 8/23. There is a section which could tip over a stock 4x4 high clearance vehicle.
Note that road closures listed below apply to ALL motorized vehicles, including motorcycles.The roads were completely washed out in places and entry will cause tire tracks and braided roads in wilderness as users try to locate what was once the road. Thank you for your patience as we work to reopen these locations. Bicycles and foot traffic are permitted except on Titus Canyon Rd.
Only major roads are listed for reference below, but MOST backcountry roads are closed.
Westside Road - as of 10/7/2023, NPS crews cannot get through the north end of the road due to a 4-foot drop-off into a muddy trench 10-feet wide and filled with a foot of water. No estimate reopening date.
Lower Wildrose Road (aka Trona - Wildrose Road, connects Wildrose to Panamint Valley)- completely impassable due to a 9-foot deep cut across the road. Likely to remain closed until fall 2025.
Upper Wildrose Road (above the Charcoal Kilns) - No access due to extensive damage on Emigrant Canyon Road and Lower Wildrose
Saline Valley Road - Signed closed by Inyo County.
Hunter Mountain - Signed closed by Inyo County.
Salt Creek - Closed. Will not open before fall 2024.
Titus Canyon Road - closed due to flood damage- this includes bicycles. Impassable. Not likely to open before January 2025.
Steel Pass - closed due to extensive flood damage. From an airplane, it appears the road is completely erased from Eureka Dunes through Dedeckera Canyon. Steel Pass itself looks okay. From Steel Pass to Upper Warm Springs, there's no sign of a road at all. Designated wilderness begins 50 feet on either side of the legal road (which is erased). Anyone trying to drive that would likely be illegally driving in wilderness. The park hopes to be able to work on this road in winter 2023/2024.
Lemoigne Canyon Road - closed due to flood damage. No estimated timeline for reopening.