I am headed to DVNP for the first time the last week of March. I do photography as my hobby and Racetrack Playa has always been on my photography "bucket list".
I am coming to the park from the Palmdale/Lancaster area of California and I plan on renting a jeep from Farabee's to explore Racetrack. I will be in the park for a total of 3 nights/ 4 days and I am staying at Furnace Creek Ranch. I am travelling by myself for this trip.
Here is my issue: I want to be out at Racetrack either during sunrise or sunset to get the best light. I am also considering some star trail photography while out there, although I will probably do that elsewhere in the park as well. That means a drive in the dark, which I am not very excited about, having never been there before.
I am currently leaning towards heading out to Racetrack in the afternoon, which gives me daylight to scout for good compositions, then photograph through sunset and into dark. How bad would the drive back to Furnace Creek be at night?
I guess my other option is to spend the night in the jeep out at racetrack and drive back the next morning. I am not very excited about his option, as it would entail basically a sleeping bag in the jeep (I am not planning on bringing camping gear).
So, any thoughts on the safety of the racetrack to furnace creek drive after dark? I am a newbie 4x4 driver, BTW.