Death Valley ’49ers Celebrate Their 70th Anniversary!

Pioneer costume contest

Have you ever gone to or had a desire to visit Death Valley National Park? This will inform you of an annual event there.

Death Valley National Parks started as a National Monument and was upgraded to National Park status in October of 1994. The Park will be conducting celebratory events from October 26 – November 2 to commemorate their 25th Anniversary. They will have Ranger walks, talks and hikes to offer. Learn about Park history and explore its beauty.

While Death Valley National Park celebrates their 25th Anniversary, the Death Valley ‘49ers celebrate their 70th Anniversary. There will be live music every evening in Sunset Campground starting October 28th and ending November 5th by Steve Hohstadt and friends. Encampment begins November 6 through 10, 2019. The encampment features programs of historical presentations, demonstrations, and programs bringing the past to life and live music in the evening with Richard Elloyan, The Old West Trio, and more. The 49ers’ are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that celebrates the Pioneers of 1849 who endured several months in Death Valley on their journey to a better life in California.

All events require Death Valley 49ers’ membership, Family $60, Single $35. This modest fee you pay to attend the annual Encampment and Music Festival entitles you to a one-year membership in the Death Valley ‘49ers. Other activities include 4WD adventure, hikes, blacksmith demonstrations and more. You must attend the meeting and register on Sunday, Nov. 3rd at 1 pm for the 4WD adventure. Also included are activities for the whole family. Contests include gold panning, a pioneer costume contest and more. There is also a Southwest Craft Show that features minerals, wood items, lapidary, arts, and crafts.

How about playing a round of golf at the world’s lowest elevation golf course? This could be the year for you to check this off your life list!

One of the longest-running invitational Western Art Shows in the U.S. is here as well. Our artists work in all mediums to create fine art in every form. There will be something for everyone. Artists interested in participating in the art show please contact the committee chair at mrhyytinen@

On Friday, November 8, we will have the U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, lead the arrival of The Wagon Train. The wagon train has traveled across the desert for many days, reliving the journey to Furnace Creek. Bring your chairs, have lots of water and join in the celebration of the arrival of the wagon train.

“While Death Valley National Park celebrates their 25th Anniversary, the Death Valley ‘49ers celebrate their 70th Anniversary.”

I saved the best news for last. We will be hosting the 20 Mule Team with newly built wagons. The new wagons have been built to their original size and dimensions. The 20 Mule Team does not perform often and this is something you will not want to miss. Come and learn the story of the 20 Mule Team, The Wagon Train, and the Pioneers who opened the West to future generations of America.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you. For information about the ‘49ers, please visit their website at www.deathvalley49ers. org.

For information on camping, please visit or call (877) 444-6777. For lodging at the Inn at Death Valley or The Ranch at Death Valley please visit or call (800) 236- 7916. Camping is also available on first come first served basis at Sunset and Texas Springs Campgrounds.


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