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Old 10-30-2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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For Death Valley campers this winter

For those of you (like us) who are planning to visit Death Valley this year, be aware that the Scotty's Castle part of the park had severe damage from a flash flood. That area is closed until repairs are made, and almost surely through the full winter season. Guess we will have to stay in the southern part of the park and plan another trips,to see Scotty's Castle.

Scotty's Castle repair cost could reach $20 million | PV Times
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We just came from there. Both the roads to Scottie's Castle and to Bad Waters (lowest point @ -282 ft) are closed. There was also damage to the castle and/or outbuildings. No estimate as to when it might reopen.

We still had a nice visit and have a reason to come back.

We stayed at Panamint Springs Resort (using the term loosely). It was OK but not near as nice as Furnace Creek further into the park. No cell and no internet. We came in from Lone Pine on 395. That hill coming down to Panamint Springs is NOT for the faint of heart. Steep and curvey, many 25-35 MPH curves. We detached the toad about half way down and drove separately the rest of the way.
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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Saw a LandSat photo yesterday of before and after the heavy precip and flooding. Having been there last Spring, remarkable how much flooding occurred.
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Too bad....Scotty's Castle is always a highlight for us. It's awesome!
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Wonder if it had any effect on the Race Track (sliding rocks) ??

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Old 11-02-2015, 08:38 AM   #6
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Here is the official DVNP road condition website...

Death Valley Road Conditions

If you scroll down through the page, photos of Scotty's Castle road and ground damage is shown, as well as the latest road closure info.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:23 PM   #7
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We just came from there. Both the roads to Scottie's Castle and to Bad Waters (lowest point @ -282 ft) are closed. There was also damage to the castle and/or outbuildings. No estimate as to when it might reopen.

We still had a nice visit and have a reason to come back.

We stayed at Panamint Springs Resort (using the term loosely). It was OK but not near as nice as Furnace Creek further into the park. No cell and no internet. We came in from Lone Pine on 395. That hill coming down to Panamint Springs is NOT for the faint of heart. Steep and curvey, many 25-35 MPH curves. We detached the toad about half way down and drove separately the rest of the way.
Oh yes we know that road well. Stationed in Ridgecrest late 70s and drove it often
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Here is the official DVNP road condition website...

Death Valley Road Conditions

If you scroll down through the page, photos of Scotty's Castle road and ground damage is shown, as well as the latest road closure info.
Thanks for the link.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:51 PM   #9
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Oh yes we know that road well. Stationed in Ridgecrest late 70s and drove it often
I've driven that road on motorcycle camping trips for about 25 years. Now I have an RV that cannot legally drive it - the road over Towne's Pass is restricted to vehicles 40 feet and under.
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This is terrible news. I was unaware that the storm system that flooded the I5 and the 58 also impacted Death Valley. The news media never covered it.

Thanks for posting the info, I'll be following the recovery efforts.
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Glad to get firsthand info. Is highway 190 from the east entrance in good shape to Baker? Planning a DV trip this weekend in large motorhome. Is there water on the lakebed at Racetrack? I love Death Valley this time of year, but have not been there after a big rain. I'm really interested in any insights to a photographer. Thanks in advance and cheers.
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The park runs a really good Facebook page under "Death Valley Road Conditions" that is updated regularly. The park also posts updates on their regular web site, though not as frequently.
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