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Continue to Be Safe in Death Valley. :)

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Continue to Be Safe in Death Valley. :)

The NPS is reminding people that as the weather begins shifting "from hot to comfortable," visitors still need to use common-sense safety precautions. Although it's cooler now than it was 3 months ago, temps are still in the triple-digits Fahrenheit or 40s Celsius.

The NPS also wants to remind people to drive safely. A tour bus accident a couple weeks ago injured several people on Badwater Road, and it isn't a unique incident. People get distracted by the majestic scenery and gawk themselves right off the road. Single vehicle accidents are the most common cause of deaths in the park.

www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/loader.cfm…

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We will be in Las Vegas in early February 2011. However we only have one day and had planned to take an organised tour to DV. The helpful info from others on the forum have encouraged us to rent a car and see sights unavailable on tour. The rental company have advised we can only travel on paved roads - will this restrict the number of sites we visit - in particular Dante's Peak and Badwater?

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2. Re: Continue to Be Safe in Death Valley. :)

We will be in Las Vegas in early February 2011. However we only have one day and had planned to take an organised tour to DV. The helpful info from others on the forum have encouraged us to rent a car and see sights unavailable on tour. The rental company have advised we can only travel on paved roads - will this restrict the number of sites we visit - in particular Dante's Peak and Badwater?

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3. Re: Continue to Be Safe in Death Valley. :)

Welcome to Death Valley. February will be nice, winter will pretty much be over in DV and the weather will be cool but pleasant. It may be early for wildflowers, although there is a chance at the lowest elevations if it has been warm.

For Badwater and Dante's View roads, any car will be fine. Badwater is on the main road (Badwater Road). Dante's is on a two-lane paved side road about 22 km from the main highway.

Most cars driven carefully will be OK on gravel roads to major sights like Natural Bridge, Devil's Golf Course, 20 Mule Team Canyon, and Mosaic Canyon. The biggest risk to passenger cars on such roads is flat tires or nicks from gravel tossed up by the wheels, not suspension damage. Slowing down will help minimize that. If a road is sand or deep gravel, or you can see it's heavily rutted, you don't want to drive a car there.

I'm often fascinated by how many people refer to Dante's Peak in connection with DV. The place is actually Dante's View, but we know what everyone means. Was the American volcano disaster movie "Dante's Peak" popular in other countries?

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Thanks for your reply Frisco_Roadrunner - we will look forward even more to seeing as much of DV as we can. Not sure why I said Dantes Peak - of course it's Dantes View - maybe it is because we are great movie fans...or maybe just lacking concentration. Anyway always enjoy reading your posts thanks

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Good reminder Frisco.

Wow Death Valley is going to be soooo hot in July when I'm there as part of my honeymoon seeing as it's 3 figures in October!!

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There was an unfortunate event on Sat Oct 23 in the park. We were heading back from the crater toward STW and just passed the junction to go up to Scotty's Castle when traffic was stopped. Multiple flashing lights from ambulances and patrol cars can be seen. The news that filtered down was that an accident occurred involving 3 motorcyclist injuries, one with broken leg. Few minutes later we were told to move cars back a way to make room for 2 helicopter landings. The injured were airlifted out and we were on our way again 1 1/2 hr later. Two motorcycles were seen in the gravelly roadside, and I wondered if riders drifted and spun out of control.

Beautiful place can be distracting. Be safe.

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Is there a link for Death Valley temps and weather, Frisco?

Weather underground gives China Lake which right now is in the low 80's....

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This is from the park website. The different links give the current forecast, real time conditions, and historical climate patterns and records.

nps.gov/deva/…weather-and-climate.htm

The Weather Channel website gives forecasts for today, weekend, and 10-day projections. Just enter the ZIP code for DV, 92328. The predicted high and low for tomorrow (10/28) 85° abd 58°F.

http://www.weather.com/

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Yes, lovely!

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