Lower Wildrose Road Repair
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to rehabilitate 4.8 miles of the Emigrant Canyon Road, commonly referred to as Lower Wildrose Road, at Death Valley National Park.
The section of road proposed for rehabilitation starts at the junction with Emigrant Canyon Road and Charcoal Kilns Road and ends at the pipe gate at the old National Monument boundary, approximately 1 mile east of the current National Park boundary. This section of Lower Wildrose Road has deteriorated over the years due to flash flooding and presents a hazard to vehicular travel in the Park.
Lower Wildrose Road serves as an access point for the western boundary of the Park and is the most direct route of travel for visitors coming from Ridgecrest, CA. It provides access to the Wildrose area of the Park, which is home to the historic Charcoal Kilns, Telescope Peak Trail, and several backcountry campgrounds. A flash flood in the late 1980s caused major damage to the road. Since then, the road has continued to experience flooding episodes and thus continues to degrade. The resulting road is partially paved and is a safety concern for those traveling by vehicle.
Mike Cipra, Environmental Protection Specialist