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Death Valley, Drive and hike exploring (suggestions, self guided)

  • Nov 21, 2012 · 8:00 AM

Start time: when you are ready, (8am would be good)

Duration: until sunset around 450pm (or you can quit any time you like)


Please note:  This is a self guided tour, **I will not be leading this ***

This is just a suggestion what you can do

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday....

You can do all of it or just a part, I have done it the last 3 times and it usually fits in a day, depending how much time you spend at some places and how far you walk / short hike.

Link to park map

I would think that some are interested and you guys can get a carpool together.

Ok here it goes, I usually like to drive to farthest point and make my way back (with exception of the first 2 stops)

**please consult the map(s) it will make more sense then, the basic visitor map you can get at the visitor center near the campground will do for this.*

From stove pipe wells campgr. turn left onto 190 and keep driving towards Furnance Creek, after about 9 miles you will reach a intersection where you keep right and follow 190, after about 7 miles, on your right

First stop,** Salt Creek**, a short walk on trail and board walk, maybe you are lucky and see a fish there.

Continue on 190 and after around 11 miles,

Second stop, ***Harmony Borax Works*** on your right, a short walk , some old ruins and story about the borax at death valley.

Continue on 190 through Furnance Creek,

a short distance after Furnance Creek you will turn right onto 178 towards Bad Water

Third Stop ***Bad Water*** short stop at the lowest point of the US, walk out as far as you like on the salt flat and enjoy the view of Telescope peak and more.

turn left, out of the parking lot going backwards towards Furnance Creek,

Fourth stop***Natural Bridge*** look for the  sign for Natural Brigde on your right, this will be a dirt road, which is graded and can be driven with a regular car, you still have to watch out a little for rocks, holes, bumps etc.

I think it is around 2 miles to the trailhead, park and walk up the canyon, the natural bridge is after around 1/2 mile, you should continue up the canyon for around another 1/4 mile or so and look for the what I call "cathedral dry fall" on your right, can't miss it.

you can turn around at that point, further up the canyon are just a few dryfalls the first one or two you can climb up, soon you reach one you can not.

back down the dirt road and turn right, look for the sign Devils golf course on your left.

Fifth Stop ***Devils golf course*** just a short stop to check out more of the salt flats, some. you can walk out on the salt flats as far as you like, **be cautious, that stuff can be nasty sharp***

back to the main road and turn left, look for the Artists Palette sign on your right,

Sixth stop** Artists Palette ***this will be mostly a drive to enjoy the colorful rocks, stop at your convenience where possible for pictures, after a while you will find a intersections which leads to a parking lot, you should go there, you can take a little walk around there as well and see the colour full hills close up.

from the parking lot you turn right and follow the drive to the end,   turn right onto the main road and look for the next sign Golden Canyon, turn right to the Golden Canyon parking lot.

Seventh Stop ** Golden Canyon *** a short hike / walk up the canyon, if you go far enough you can the Red Cathedral on your left.

turn right back on the main road and head to Furnance Creek,

stop 8, **Furnance Creek,  shop, gift shop, free museum, etc.

From there you drive back to the camp site,

Stop 9 ** Sand Dunes*** probably no time today if you did the full programm, but the Dunes are close to camp and you may find some other evening to visit them

They are great at sunset, ** I do recommend to bring the headlamps / flashlights for your way back if you go at sunset.

Some picture links for the tour,

Last year, Picture number  9 to 54

2 years ago picture number 10 to 34

3 years ago picture 8 to 21


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