Death Valley in California n Nevada
Devin Wilson 5th
Death Valley Trip WOO!
Monday, March 9th 2015 at 10am to Thursday, March 12th 2015 at 10pm
Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA, United States
- The main road transecting Death Valley National Park from east to west is California Highway 190.
- On the east in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty's Junction (State Route 267), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373).
The most direct route from Las Vegas (via Pahrump, NV) and other options are available by downloading Routes From Las Vegas(191kb PDF file)
- Coming from the west, State Route 14 and U.S. Route 395 lead to Ridgecrest, CA where State Route 178 heads east into the park. Further north on Hwy 395 at Olancha, CA you can join Hwy 190 to the park, or north of that at Lone Pine, CA, Hwy 136 will also join Hwy 190 heading east into the park.
- South of the park, Interstate 15 passes through Baker, California on its way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. State Route 127 travels north from Baker to Shoshone and Death Valley Junction with connections to the park on State Route 178 from Shoshone and connection with California Highway 190 at Death Valley Junction.
There is no specific street address for the park or the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Many GPS users have had success using the street address for the Death Valley Post Office which is located about 400 meters south of the visitor center.
The post office address is:
328 Greenland Blvd.
Death Valley, CA 92328
Map coordinates for the visitor center are:
Day 2: Mountain Biking
Bicycles can be used on all park roads that are open to public vehicular traffic. They can also be used on routes that have been designated for bicycle use in developed areas such as the path between the visitor center and the Harmony Borax Works. They arenot allowed on closed roads, service roads, off roadways, in thewilderness, or on any trails. Riding a bicycle abreast of another bicycle on our narrow roads is dangerous and is also prohibited.
Death Valley has more than 785 miles of roads including hundreds of miles suitable for Mountain Biking. Click on the highlighted link for a list of recommended routes of differing difficulties.
Day 3: Hiking
First time hikers to the desert may find trailless hiking intimidating, but once you adjust to it, you discover there are almost unlimited hiking possibilities. With that freedom comes the responsibility to take care of yourself and the land.
Due to the dry climate of Death Valley, you must drink more water here than in other places, even in the cooler winter months. Always carry adequate water (at least 2 liters for a short winter dayhike, 1 gallon or more for longer warm season hikes and overnighters). Don't "save it for later", be sure to drink it as you hike. If you are feeling thirsty, you are getting dehydrated. Springs and other natural water sources are rare and should not be considered reliable. Boil or treat water from these sources before using.
Day 4: Departure
$40 for group entrance
$200 fro hiking backpacks
$12 for water (48 pack)
$60 for 12 pounds of trail mix
$40 for camping stove
$25 for 48 hot dogs and buns
Bring your own clothes for the trip