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Free entry, special programs for Death Valley's 25th birthday

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 19:53:24-04

DEATH VALLEY (KTNV) — Death Valley National Park is hosting special programs and events in celebration of the park’s 25th birthday from Oct. 26 – Nov. 2.

On Nov. 2, the park will waive entrance fees.

Death Valley was first protected as a national monument in 1933.

On October 31, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the California Desert Protection Act, which created Death Valley National Park, designated over 90% of the park as wilderness, and added 1.3 million acres to the park. The Act also redesignated Joshua Tree as a national park and established Mojave National Preserve.

Geologists, biologists, astronomers, and other specialists will share their knowledge of desert ecology, dark skies, and natural history from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2.

A ranger-led sunrise hike will meet at Zabriskie Point at 7 a.m. on Oct. 27.

Astronomy programs will be offered at Harmony Borax Works from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 28.

Park entrance fees will be waived on Nov. 2.

The public is invited to join Superintendent Mike Reynolds for a 5 kilometer fun run/walk at 8 a.m. at Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Wish the park happy birthday with cupcakes at noon in Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Neighboring organizations and partners will have exposition booths set up at the Visitor Center from 12-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Former Death Valley superintendents will answer questions and speak about the California Desert Protection Act from 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Close-toed shoes are recommended for hikes, which are on uneven terrain. Bring sun protection and water for daytime programs, and a headlamp, warm clothing, and a chair for evening programs.

For the full schedule, visit nps.gov.