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70th Anniversary!

Come to Death Valley and enjoy one of the oldest continuous events held in California. Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the ‘49ers.

The Death Valley Conservancy’s Borax Twenty Mule Team® of Death Valley exact replica wagons will be at the Encampment with our complete set of borax wagons which now includes a new water wagon! If you can’t catch the wagons at the encampment, they are on long-term display at the Laws Railroad Museum just outside Bishop.

The Encampment will include the usual Art and Vendor shows along with musical entertainment by The Old West Trio, Richard Elloyan and The Messick Family Singers, and history programs in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

There are also events for your participation such as The Costume Contest, Gold Panning, Wheel Barrow Race, Pet Parade and Encampment Parade. The Borax Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley exact replica wagons will make their debut with a beautiful new water wagon, you won’t want to miss this. Plus many other events! Mark your calendar and come and have a wonderful time.

Join and support this historic organization by buying a membership. Family Memberships are $60.00 and Single Memberships are $35.00. Memberships are the primary channel of support for the ‘49ers.


Learn More and Buy A Membership on the Official ’49ers Website


Our master wainwright, Dave Engel, in front of the newly minted Death Valley 20-Mule Team Water Wagon.