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Visited Death Valley National Park in January 2018 for a day

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Submitted on Sep 13, 2018 Trip Brief

Day trip to Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas

My parents and I checked out this place as part of our SF-LA-Vegas trip earlier this year. It was pretty accessible from Vegas and I really enjoyed it


Trip overview

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Transportation

  • We drove from Vegas, it's about 3 hours away. We left at 7am and got back around 9pm
  • No need for off-road vehicles or AWD as all points of interest in the park can be accessed by paved roads
  • We started with a full tank of gas and didn't have to refuel until we got back Vegas at night


Fees

  • There's a $25 per vehicle entrance fee to the park we paid right before entering the park on route 190, between Death Valley Junction and Dante's Point (see the map above)
  • Payment was done in a roadside hut on an automated machine by credit card


Prep

  • The park was super accessible for pretty much anyone and we didn't get any special gears or prep before going
  • Just stock up on water and snacks before you go. The park is huge, empty, and the only place inside the park you can re-supply in Furnace Creek which is overpriced
  • There's very little cellphone coverage in most areas of the park as of 2018. For navigation make sure you open up Google Maps to the park area before you go, zoom and drag the map around a bit to download the area for offline use. Furnace Creek had coverage though


Other useful tips

  • When we went in January it was perfect 70 degree weather in the day. I wore a light jacket. It goes up to to almost 120 degrees in the summer time though
  • Furnace Creek is at the geographic mid-point of the park and is the only populated area in the area. We didn't stay overnight but there are some hotels in this town. For day trips you can replenish supplies here but everything is overpriced
  • The park is absolutely massive. We saw most of the sights in the southern part of the park and ran out of time. If I had to do it again I would do a 2-day trip and stay in Furnace Creek overnight. The northern part of the park has some great places to check out (like The Racetrack where rocks move on their own, Ubehebe Crater, etc)


Highlights we saw

We didn't see everything in the park, but we saw most of the highlights in the southern part of the park. All of them could be easily accessed by car and were just a short walk from the parking lot


  • Dante's View: great place for pictures

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  • Zabriskie Point

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  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes: from some angles look like what I imagine Sahara to be

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  • Badwater: massive expanse of salt flats. Good for pics

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  • Artist's Drive: a small road through a winding, narrow canyon

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User submitted photo of Death Valley National Park