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Need help with trip to Death Valley tomorrow (Wednesday)

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Need help with trip to Death Valley tomorrow (Wednesday)

We are currently at Lone Pine and will be heading to Death Valley tomorrow. We have accommodation booked at the Furnace Creek Ranch.

Coming from Lone Pine what would be the best way to go to see the sites on this side of the park? We are not sure of what order the sites are? We would like to see what we can on the way in to Furnace Creek Ranch, and then see more of the sites on our way out the next morning and afternoon on our way to Vegas.

Any help would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Need help with trip to Death Valley tomorrow (Wednesday)

I hope you're still checking the forum before your departure. This post came pretty late for us in California, lol, so I'm glad I'm awake early and checked in.

While in Lone Pine, take the short ride up to Alabama Hills and Whitney Portal (turn west at the only traffic signal in town). It's only 12 km or so to the top, where the base camp for the climb is located. Alabama Hills is on the way, a little over 3 km from town (look for a sign for Movie (or Movie Flats) Road on the right side.

On the way out of town, stop at the visitor center on Hwy 136. It's relatively new and has scads of info and exhibits for the entire Eastern Sierra Nevada and Death Valley.

Going into the park, stop at Father Crowley Vista Point to enjoy a panoramic view of Panamint Valley, the valley just west of DV (the Panamint range is their common wall). Walk out the short footpath from the end of the car park to see the view.

Panamint Springs is a small resort a little farther along, where you can have a bite if you wish. There is a gas station, with typically high prices.

Hwy 190 continues into the park to Emigrant Junction, where there are a couple of historic stone buildings from the 1930s President Roosevelt administration. They were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of FDR's programs to help the unemployed learn job and life skills. Continue down toward Stovepipe Wells, being aware of the gradual, steady descent (you can build up speed very quickly). Just before SPW is Mosaic Canyon, a gorgeous hike. You don't need to walk far to see some of the beautiful colors and formations, including polished canyon walls resembling marble.

SPW is a larger resort with all visitor services. Even if you don't have breakfast or lunch, it's fun to look inside the restaurant and saloon to see the "Old West" decor. Timbers from an old DV mine were used in the construction.

The Sand Dunes and Devil's Cornfield are just beyond SPW. The next major sight is Salt Creek, the habitat of a species of pupfish that is dormant in summer. But the habitat where they live is always green even when the creek is low, and you can generally see birds and reptiles.

This should keep you busy for a few hours, and these are some of the main highlights that you wouldn't want to miss on your way to Furnace Creek.

I'll check back here later today.

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2. Re: Need help with trip to Death Valley tomorrow (Wednesday)

Take a look at this very similar recent post:

tripadvisor.com/…52479732

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3. Re: Need help with trip to Death Valley tomorrow (Wednesday)

Basic map: americansouthwest.net/california/death_valle… This may help you see the order of the "attractions" but it isn't a great road map. Use the official DVNP map that you'll get when you pay your fees at the Visitor Center.

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4. Re: Need help with trip to Death Valley tomorrow (Wednesday)

How was your first day in Death Valley? Isn't it an awesome place? If you're like most folks, you might be either enjoying the pool or out stargazing at the moment.

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