One of the Largest National Parks, huge desert landscape, hotest place on earth
during summer, cold at wintertime. A lot of interesting places to visit in this
the colder month of the years are the only option to visit this park (summer is
totally not recommended time), winter can be cold but usually above freezing temperature.
It less preferable to be here at winter rainstorm, happened only few times a
year but the amount of rain create river to flood so check in advance.
about the visiting this park:
fill your gas when you can, there are few gas stations in the Death Valley but driving
distance can be long (especially if you are sleeping outside the park).
is too hot and not recommended at all, even for car trip
is cold, it snows in the surrounding mountains, in the valley itself temperatures
can be cold but usually above freezing at night and day time is much warmer.
aren’t many options for resupply inside the park (few convenient stores at gas
stations) and only few restaurants. Check in advance where you are staying for
the night what are the nearby dinner options, see if you can make a reservation
5. If you
are going to remote off-road locations know what you are doing, 4x4 vehicle is highly
recommended, off-road after rain is not recommended.
sure your visit is not right after major rain event, then all off-road locations
can be completely inaccessible.
are few organized campsites in the park, try to book in advance, I think that
for the one near Stovepipe Wells has also “first come first serve” option (pay
at the self-pay station), check in the park website
Wells Village Hotel: Simple but good, excellent location near the sand dunes +
nice restaurant for dinner
Creek: I did not stay here
Springs Resort: Very simple place but an option, I did not stay here
the towns of Beatty or Pahrump Nevada: Towns outside the park with hotels and restaurants
(can visit ghost town Rhyolite), I did not stay here
Pine California: this is not so far option and you can stay there at the day
before or day after the park visit.
thoughts: This visit is in this park is different; you are visiting interesting
desert places that are isolated from each other and you need to drive from
attraction to attraction.
visited here in winter and even if it snowed it is not so much cold at daytime.
did not visit here with 4x4 vehicle, but this is defiantly on my to-do list…
of the largest parks in the US this park visit is different from others. Visiting
this vast desert landscape looks like driving in any other desert landscape
with attraction that are spared and not “connected” to each other. Although
there is main valley to explore there are few major mountain range and other valleys.
Most of the visitors are traveling along the main roads and attraction sites
can be crowded (like sand dunes, Badwater, Golden Canyon, …).
a nice stop on the way, a high viewing point (+restrooms 😊) on the large
deep canyon. This canyon is being used by nearby air-force base for canyon
flying training. If you see someone with radio scanner and check with them if
they can hear the pilots coming and you will see the airplanes flying down in
the canyon, a nice and noise view.
to the trail head starts from hwy 190 just west of Panamint Springs Gas station.
Few miles off-road drive in the dry riverbed will bring you to the trail head
on your right. After less than one-mile walk in the dry river you will reach a
green section that has running water year-round. After less than additional ½ a
mile you will reach the nice waterfall. This is not a long hike, there is no
shade so bring with you enough water. Overall this visit can take up to 2 hr.
Flat Sand Dunes:
one of the park attraction point. Highly recommended place for sunset and
sunrise, come enough time in advance so you can get into the dunes. The large
dunes are at list 30 min walk into the dune.
into the dunes, as you progress you will see less people but do plan not to be alone
over there. People are staying there late at night for star pictures and come early
morning at the darkness to get first sunshine hitting the dunes.
with them sand-board, but I must admit it does not look like a lot of fun …
stop on the way, to learn about Borax mining activity and the twenty-mule team
wagon, very short walk out from the parking lot.
loop one-way drive with the car, can have short hikes at the different stops,
nice to see the colored rock up close
place to see the salt rocks, need to drive 15 min on un-paved good but bumpy road
to the end of it, get out of the car and see the sharp rock formations
A nice hike
in the canyon, In & Out, the arch is less than a mile into the canyon, you
can keep going inside, very nice and with less people …
point in the USA.
into the dray Salt Lake, go as much as you want. It is highly recommended to
get at list ½ mile into the dray bad where it is completely white flat with
salt triangles formation on the surface. You can keep going inside, the more
you walk the less people you will see, Bring enough water.
Death Valley attractions that I did not visit yet:
Canyon Trail: I did not visit there but I think it is nice hike, In & Out
the same way, you can go as much you want up to reaching some dry waterfall.
Point: Just off hwy 190 on the way out of the park east, a nice viewpoint on
the yellow mountains, good for sunrise.
Canyon: This is a nice canyon hike, walk as much as you want and go back to
your car, did not visit this place but looks very nice.
View: Viewpoint, long drive with the car to mountain top with a view of the Death
Charcoal Kilns: Interesting place of well preserve rounded Charcoal Kilns, long
drive and can go up to the mountain-top
Dunes: Send Dunes located in the north isolated section of the park.
Racetrack: Amazing place were large stones create a moving track in the dray muddy
soil (created during winter icy and windy days), need 4x4 car
Valley Warm Springs: Nature hot springs in the middle of the desert, need 4x4
Hebe Crater: Interesting volcano crater
Canyon Rd: one-way, east to west, 4x4 driving trip, starting point is outside
the Death Valley near Beatty NV
Ghost town ruins, recommended to visit if you are sleeping at Beatty NV