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3 nights around DV on a budget.

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3 nights around DV on a budget.

Hello

We are visiting DV in June and want to see as much as possible. We had thought about starting in Beatty and then staying overnight camping at Furnace Creek and then see things on that day before leaving for Lone Pine that night.

However camping seems to be just too uncomfortable in June in DV so now we are a little stuck. Should we stay two nights in Beatty and commute in or should we stay somewhere south of DV and then stay in Beatty in the middle before going to Lone pine on the last night?

We will be coming from Zion to DV and leaving towards Yosemite. If you had three nights BETWEEN Zion and Yosemite i.e. 1st Zion, 2-4 DV 5th Yosemite.

Can you give us suggestions on this please? We really cannot afford Furnace Creek rooms but i don't see how we can camp in such heat is there an alternative.

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1. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

As a follow up, what do you think of staying in Shoshone the night before entering before heading into the park on the first day and staying in Beatty that night. Then after staying in Beatty heading back into the park and exiting to the West and staying in Lone Pine that night. Would that give us a good opportunity to see a lot of the sights?

We could maybe stretch to one night in Stovepipe Wells but i see it is only 35m from Beatty, is it worth the premium considering this? If we did stay at Stovepipe would it be best to start at Shoshone or Beatty? Would camping anywhere around or within be a comfortable experience?

Thanks in advance.

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3. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

We never camped in DV but stayed at all places inside the park. Shoshone only has 1 tiny motel and Beatty has a lot more options so I'd pick Beatty. A night in DV is an unique experience with sunset, sunrise and stargazing so if you can afford stay a night at Stovepipe Wells for sure. It also has a pool. The other option is to stay at Panamint Springs. That's cheaper but no pool and pretty close to Lone Pine already at the far western side of DV.

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4. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

Mahogany Flat and Thorndike campgrounds can be comfortable in summer, but they're a fairly long drive from the most popular locations in the valley (Zabriskie Point, Badwater, Mesquite Flat, etc), so might not make sense if you only have a couple days. If you want to camp there, be sure you check the DV web site for road conditions first. For motels, Beatty is definitely a cheaper alternative to the lodging in the park (and has more choices, and generally better quality, than Shoshone). I often stay in Beatty -- I get up before dawn so I can be in the park by sunrise, and don't arrive back at the motel until after dark.

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5. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

Take a look also at Tecopa hot springs and Cynthia's at the Date Farm. I have stayed at both and they are a true desert experience.

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6. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

Panamint Springs is 50 miles from Lone Pine, 30 from Stovepiope Wells. Fewer facilities than in Beatty, and no casinos, but possibly quite sufficient for your needs. Either would be closer than Shoshone, which does have the Tecopa Hot Springs nearby. Saw one motel there where you could stay in wig-wams.

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7. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

I see that several people have responded, so I will come back a little later and decide if there is anything I need to add, after touring around other parts of TA to see what else has happened here overnight and this morning.

Thanks to all who have answered so far. Just in general, we (even those who love DV), rarely suggest camping at the lower elevations in summer. Even if we ourselves have done it, we're here to help you with your needs, not convince you to do what we would do.

Panamint Springs does not have a pool. Furnace Creek Ranch and Stovepipe Wells Village do, and they also sell guest passes for their pools and showers to the public for about $5.00 a day.

Of all the nearby towns, Beatty is the one I would suggest over the others. If you're going to stay in a town and commute 30-40 miles, pick a town with decent services, and Beatty is the one. See my "Users' Guide to Beatty" on the Nevada forum to see what it offers.

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8. Re: 3 nights around DV on a budget.

Thanks so much for all of your feedback and advice. I think on the basis of your advice it looks like Beatty for the night before with a mega early start and then Stovepipe for the middle and Lone pine at the end. It is more expensive but hey we are only going once (for now :) ).

Thanks so much, we will be well prepared for our trip! Cannot wait!

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