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post #1 of 7 Old 04-30-2010, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Death Valley, any suggestions?

I'm in Ventura County CA, and I'm planning on a run to Death Valley next weekend, overnighter. Anyone have any suggestions on what to see while there? Good routes to take? Never been there before and just want to check it out before it gets unbearably hot. Thanks
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Do yourself the favor and get a Tom Harrison Maps Death Valley Recreation Map. It has most of the trails and much more than any other map.

Camp in Furnace Creek. Come in Via 178 to Wildrose Canyon to Emigrant Canyon to Stovepipe Wells. Go see Dantes View and The Racetrack. Panamint Cabins are also said to be worth a look.

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It's a great place to ride. The cheapest gas is in I'm thinking Stove pipe wells. One variety. Furnace Creek is significantly more costly. There is no gas at the castle. I ran into construction on the road to Scotty's castle when we went about a month or so ago. They stopped traffic for about 15 or 20 minutes. We decided to go elsewhere instead of waiting, we understood there was additional stops ahead. I enjoyed the lunch in Furnace Creek, bit pricey but plenty to eat.
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It's a great place to ride, there is plenty to see. Go to the park welcome center in Furnace Creek, literature there to look through and find what you want to see. Bring a camera. It is fun. The road in off of the 395 is a good time. Lots of curves, surprisingly. Unless of course you get stuck behind slow vehicles. Lots of off road stuff there too. They looked like decent dirt roads, but we were on our goldwing so couldn't try them out.
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There was an excellent article in Rider Magazine about touring Death Valley. I cut the article out and saved it. It talked about roads, eaterys, gas, camping, etc. I will see if I still have it. You might want to check out the mag on line. You may be able to reprint the article. This is the best time of year, before it gets too hot.
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If you like sweating yourself to sleep, then camp down in the valley. If you want a nice cool camp, go to Wild Rose campground as your base, then ride down dueing the day and do the tours. I spent 3 nights up there, it was a very comfortable place to stay, just my opinion

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Your looking at temps in the 90's min. this time of year on the valley floor. Wildrose campground at around 4000ft is a good idea. Emigrant Canyon Road is a fun ride. A side road off that to Aquereberry Point is worth it for the view alone. It is generally hard packed dirt. You can make a loop out of the Badwater road, soak in the springs at Tecopa come back via Death Valley Junction and hit Dante's View. The ghost town of Ryolite is interesting, don't miss the cemetery. Lots of dirt roads and canyons are perhaps better explored on a dual sport due to soft sand and some deep gravel. If you are traveling alone on some of the back country road take lots of water.
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I wouldn't wait too much longer. I was there in October and it was about 10 degrees above the normal for that time of year. I did it once but won't go back. Scotty's castle is worth taking the tour. Watch out for coyotes crossing the road.
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