In an ominous preamble to the expected El Nino this year across California, a series of severe thunderstorms passed over Death Valley National Park, knocking down power lines and stranding park rangers and visitors alike in the Ubehebe Crater in the north end of the park.
Feet of mud has been reported at Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center, the exterior of which is surrounded by mud and debris. Roads across the national park were closed and Mesquite Campground was evacuated Sunday night.
California 190 remains open, and Stateline Road / Bell Vista to Pahrump is open, but still has flowing water on the California side and large vehicles may have trouble with this road.
CA 127 is open, but Badwater Road (Highway 178), Scotty’s Castle Road (North Highway, West Side Road, Big Pine-Death Valley Road and Racetrack Road are all closed.
For a current update on road conditions at Death Valley national park, visit the National Park’s Page or Like their Facebook page.