Planning a trip for next May. Mapquest tells me to go from Pahrump to Shonshoe to get to Death Valley Junction. Isn't there a shorter way and what is the mileage? Is this route all paved roads? Can anyone tell me the mileage from Pahrump to Ridgecrest via this way? We are leaving Pahrump early AM to try and catch sunrise at Zabriski Point. I need to know how long it will take me to make this drive.