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from Barstow - thru Lone Pine?

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from Barstow - thru Lone Pine?

I realize the Eastern way (I15 to 127) is quicker, but we wanted to see the Lone Pine area, movie museum and The Alabama Hills. From DV we are going to Vegas.

Does it make sense to go the western way through Lone Pine, even though its longer? This may be the only time we're in this area.

Or is there a way to include Lone Pin in our DV exploring before heading to Vegas?

TIA.

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1. Re: from Barstow - thru Lone Pine?

Where are you coming FROM to enter Death Valley? Is I-15 to 127 "quicker" from what particular starting point? For practical purposes for most visitors, it really is not, and makes sense only if you are starting from the San Bernardino, Ontario, Riverside, etc. areas. If you are coming from Los Angeles anywhere from about Pasadena westward, it is much better to take CA 14 and enter on the west. Not only is that more scenic, but you're out of the L.A. metro area and the nightmare urban traffic sooner. Even from Las Vegas, Barstow-Baker isn't the best entrance or the best way to see as much as possible in limited time. And it is by far the least exciting of all the routes.

The western approach has far more things to see and do. Maybe you've already searched on Lone Pine here, so you know that there's plenty in addittion to the movie museum and Alabama Hills. You are right next to the Sierra Nevada, with Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Lower 48 States (you can drive up the foothills as far as far as the climbers' base camp). There is also Manzanar, some amazing seismic features, a fine visitor center on Hwy 136 near 395, and one of the most charming small town main streets in California. Then, once you leave Lone Pine and head east, you start seeing wonderful "classic" Mojave Desert landscapes right away. The big lakebed on your right will be Owens Lake, once navigable until the river supplying it was diverted to supply the Los Angeles Aqueduct; now the surface is "mined" for mineral salts for industrial uses.

Lone Pine is about 104 miles west of Furnace Creek and 80 miles west of Stovepipe Wells Village. If you're staying over in DV, it would be a long day trip (and a day carved out of your Death Valley explorations) to go to Lone Pine. If it is at all possible to enter the park from the west, you should.

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2. Re: from Barstow - thru Lone Pine?

It's app 2.5 hours from Barstow to Lone Pine so just start early and you'll have the time for a visit. Agree with F-R to drive west of DVNP first and enter from the west again.

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3. Re: from Barstow - thru Lone Pine?

Thanks much.

We'll leave Barstow early and we are also staying overnight at Furnace Creek.

Open to any other suggestions!

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4. Re: from Barstow - thru Lone Pine?

Thanks much!

We will leave Barstow early and we are also staying overnight at Furnace Creek!

Open to any other advice!

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