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Answer this1 AnswerDeath Valley National Park is open throughout the year. It's just very, very hot that time of year.
I believe you are talking about Marta Becket, the Ballerina of Death Valley Junction. She is alive and well, and though she does not dance anymore, she still has a show at the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, which people still come to from far and wide to see. Here's some info on the Amargosa: http://www.amargosa-opera-house.com/index.htm. And here is a great piece that NPR did on Becket last summer: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91845687. Enjoy!
Answer this1 AnswerDepending on local conditions, the various species of American Southwest cacti typically bloom in late spring, May to early June. Death Valley's terrain is famously harsh due to its extremes of heat, dryness, and soil salinity, but cactus species that can be seen here include cottontop barrel, silver cholla, and beavertail cactus. Desert wildflowers are currently starting to bloom in some of the park's lower elevations, and you should start to see some spring flowers on the cacti toward the end of April. Check with the park for specifics and best viewing locales. More info at: http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/wildflower-update-2010.htm