"Getting to Death Valley" Death Valley National Park Favorite Tip by goingsolo

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  Death Valley National Park
by goingsolo

Favorite thing: There are several ways to get here, depending on your point of origin and what you'd like to see en route.

From Las Vegas, highway 95 runs parallel to the park. Hwy 373 leads you through the Amargosa Valley and onto Death Valley junction, but, as of November, 2004, Death Valley Junction remains closed due to the flooding and is not expected to reopen for the next several months. An alternative is highway 374 at Beatty which leads into the park and runs into US 190. Drive time for these routes is approximately 3-4 hours.

The scenic route from Las Vegas begins with Hwy 160 west which becomes 127 and then 178 at Shoshone. This route crosses a couple of mountain passes (which received heavy snow before my November visit, so keep that in mind if you take this route in winter), the Ashford Mill Ruins and the Badwater Basin before leading to Furnace Creek.

From LA, take I-15 north to 127 to 178 at Shoshone.

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  • Updated Dec 7, 2004
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