Death Valley had drastic weather changes this week. From a year’s high of 128° on Wednesday, a shocking cold spell hit and it plummeted to a high of just 103° on Friday. This was due to cloud cover and thunderstorms developing.
In the 24 hours ending Saturday morning, Furnace Creek got 0.06” (six one-hundredths of an inch) of precip. However, Scotty’s Castle had 1.2”. Rain in the mountains can cause flashflooding down the canyons and depositing of debris on the roads.
Accordingly, Scotty's Castle Road and 20 Mule Team Canyon Road are now closed due to debris, and Emigrant-Wildrose Road has a caution advisory due to debris. Mesquite Springs Campground is closed due to debris.
Today's forecast (Sat. 7/14) includes a 50%% chance of evening thunderstorms. Tomorrow's includes a 20% chance. So it's very possible that more roads and campgrounds could be impacted
Check the Morning Report on the park website for daily conditions.
You can also call the park at 760-786-3200. If you are in the park and have any questions, ask in person at a visitor center or ranger station about roads or areas you are interested in.