Of particular concern is the recent introduction of Senate Bill S. 493 by Senator Barbara Boxer, which seeks to remove critical motorized access from and additional 2.4 million acres of public lands, including hundreds of popular backcountry destinations.
Snow falls in the upper elevations of Death Valley National Park, and overnight temperatures dip to below freezing... below sea level! Brrrr!!! Just prior to Christmas our visit to Jackass Flat was highlighted by a couple of inches of newly fallen snow -- enough to raise the excitement level, but not enough to cause us any trouble! Although this is within the upper elevations of Death Valley National Park, even the lower elevations were seeing near record low temperatures.