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Encampment Program

2016 Example

Down the Trail



November 8th-12th, 2017


General Meeting


Saturday, March 10th, 2:00pm

Heritage Inn & Suites

Ridgecrest, CA

~ ~Over Herd~ ~


2016 Keepsake

"The Passionate Creation of

the National Park Service"

by Steve Hale


"Death Valley - A Winter's Journey"

by Jackie Keller

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The Water Hole


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Special Events

Educational Talks

The Death Valley National Park Superintendent and NPS Park Rangers present interesting programs during the Encampment. Come hear about all the good things happening in Death Valley National Park, and learn more about the history and present-day initiatives of the park.

Chautauqua Performances by Steve Hale

Chautauqua presentations bring historic characters to life. You will be entertained while learning about some of the people who influenced the winning of the west and shaped the history of this region. Past characters presented by Steve Hale included John "Snowshoe" Thompson and General John C. Fremont. In 2016 we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service with a visit by first NPS Director Stephen T. Mather. Mather started his career as the marketing and sales manager for the Pacific Coast Borax Company and was responsible for the creation of the famous 20-Mule Team brand.


Representatives from all of the Encampment activities will participate; E. Clampus Vitus, Costume Contestants, Red Hat Society Ladies, Hikers, Trail Riders, Wagons, Special Vehicles & lots more are in the parade. If you have an entry come join us at 9:00 A.M. at the corral area on Furnace Creek Ranch. The Parade will take place along the main road through the Date Grove.

Shoshone's Old West Celebration

This event takes place during our Pre-Encampment and includes: Old West Musical Festival, Deep-Pit BBQ, Crafts, Gem & Mineral Show, Cowboy Poetry, Native American Dancing, Trail and Wagon Rides.

Sunday Morning Sing

Join our Master of Ceremony and others at the Furnace Creek Golf Course for hymns, gospels and other songs to warm the heart. We also offer a Gospel Sing with Tom Leftwich and Old Valley Gold at Stovepipe Wells.

Veterans Tribute

Join us at the Fiddler's Stage as we honor all veterans. Service conducted by ‘49er Jan Pickering. Music will be; Ray Parish and Friends.

Video & Slide Presentations

Producer and Writer/Director Ted Faye presents his Weird Tales series of films; taking you on a journey into Death Valley's stange side. You can also learn about the famed Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad in his film The Great Railroad Race.