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Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

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Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

We'll be travelling from Universal City to Death Valley -Furnace Creek Ranch on a Sunday in a couple of months time. Can I have any advice on the best route and also somewhere to stop for lunch. Planning to leave LA around 0900.

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1. Re: Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

Hi

I'd take 14 to us395 to Ridgecrest. Then via Trona and along the westside of Death Valley NP to 190 and on to Furnace Creek. Direct drive without stops app will take 6 hours. You can have lunch in Ridgecrest but not much after that till you get to Stovepipe Wells.

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2. Re: Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

Many thanks for that, is there any where to eat at Trona?

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3. Re: Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

Yes, I remember we've seen some places along the route but we never stopped. Trona won't win a beauty contest ;) Before Trona you'll find Trona Pinnacles. (not a restaurant though)

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4. Re: Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

There is very little in Trona--a gas station with a mini-mart. a small grocery store, and a drive-in called Trails, and it can be hard to tell when it's open. Ridgecrest would be a far better choice. You can also stock up on groceries and sundries there.

If you are coming in from Trona-Wildrose Road (which I recommend because it is very different from what most visitors expect in Death Valley), the next place will be Stovepipe Wells Village. This route is in the mountains, with lots of vegetation and even trees. It's a curvy, narrow road and only vehicles or combos 25' or shorter are allowed. One section of 3 miles is unpaved gravel, but maintained regularly and fine for any car driven carefully.

From Trona, the other alternative is Panamint Valley Road, which will have very similar scenery to the rest of the DV area. If you take it, you can have lunch at Panamint Springs resort, which has good food. However, this will also put you on Hwy 190 30 miles farther west (and farther from central Death Valley) than the Wildrose route.

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5. Re: Los Angeles (Universal City) to Death Valley

Many thanks for that. It appears it's Ridgecrest and a a later stop at Stove Pipe Wells.

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