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Vegas to Death Valley and Back in One Day.

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Vegas to Death Valley and Back in One Day.

We are going to rent a car on Super Bowl Sunday. We have already done the Hoover Dam VOF loop last year. We were thinking of going to Death Valley this year. Any suggestions would gladly be welcomed.

Looking at the map, it looks like 95 to Beatty, then over to the RHYOLITE GHOST TOWN would be fun. (Anything stops in between?) Then over to 190 and the Furnace Creek Visitor center. My questions are....any places to stop on the "tour"? Any good food stops on the way? Any suggestions?

Finally, can we take STATELINE ROAD AND BELL VISTA ROAD to get back to 160? Is this the best and safest way back to Vegas?

THANK YOU in advance!

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1. Re: Vegas to Death Valley and Back in One Day.

Found this very helpful nps.gov/deva/…20Vegas.pdf

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2. Re: Vegas to Death Valley and Back in One Day.

It will take you roughly 2 hours to get to Rhyolite from Vegas, maybe 2.5 depending on your driving. No stops between Vegas and Rhyolite unless you want some food in Beatty, but nothing really too good there. Many stops from Rhyolite to Furnace Creek. However it gets dark around 5 so plan accordingly. Best though with your limited time would be to go to Visitors Center ( it is not that great but new and better than before for sure) and then on to Badwater, Artists Drive, and Zabriskie Point, then to Dante's View if you have the time.

You could stop to eat at Furnace Creek Ranch but honestly if I were you I would pack a picnic lunch and eat it along the way.

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3. Re: Vegas to Death Valley and Back in One Day.

This is possible, although winter is not an optimal time to do it because of the short daylight hours,

There is a thread on the "Top Questions" corner about this.

If you enter from Beatty and down Daylight Pass, stop at Hell's Gate and enjoy the view. You'll see the 14-square-mile expanse of the Mesquite Sand Dunes; to go there, take the Stovepipe Wells fork from Hell's Gate. You'll be able to double back for Furnace Creek afterward.

Stateline Road and Bell Vista is the most direct route coming or going. One advantage is that Dante's View, Zabriskie Point, and 20 Mule Team Canyon are on the way, and when you get to the Badwater Road junction, all the main natural wonders (Devil's Golf Course, Badwater, Artists' Drive, and Golden Canyon) are in the first 17 miles south from 190.

If at all possible, I would always suggest staying over a night to give yourself time to see more, enjoy the sights in a more leisurely way, and experience nighttime in Death Valley, where there are completely wide open spaces, views all around of the valley and mountain ranges, no congestion, not a single electric traffic light, dark skies for stargazing, and opportunities to take nature strolls or rides in the morning or evening and see wildlife.

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4. Re: Vegas to Death Valley and Back in One Day.

A BIG Thank You to Zabrisk, Frisco and Al for great ideas. Looking forward to using your suggestions!

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