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Old 11-07-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Has anyone done Death Valley? We are considering a few days there this winter and are looking for some recommendations?
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We have enjoyed staying at Furnace Creek in the area with full hookups. You have to call to get a reservation, you can't do it online. There are some photos in our blog. There are a couple of dry camping options or you can get hookups in Stovepipe Wells however we haven't tried any of those.
Here is the number for Furnace Creek if you need it (760) 786-2345
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Yes, what focker said.

This is what you can expect.

http://davenola.blogspot.com/2013/04...-2013.html?m=1
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One of our favorite places to camp particularly in our early years, I look forward to doing so again. I took a historical geology field trip there 45 years ago, It is like no other place on earth.
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Full-hookups are also available at Stovepipe Wells where there is also an NPS campground with no hookups. We stayed for 4 days and found it fascinating. Be sure and see Scotty's Castle and take both tours.
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Full-hookups are also available at Stovepipe Wells where there is also an NPS campground with no hookups. We stayed for 4 days and found it fascinating. Be sure and see Scotty's Castle and take both tours.
This Spring we stayed in Pahrump NV and made day trips to Death Valley.
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This Spring we stayed in Pahrump NV and made day trips to Death Valley.
Ditto. Stayed in Pahrump last Feb.
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IMHO there's no reason to have to drive to Pahrump each day; the sites at Stovepipe or Furnace Creek were quite acceptable and you can maximize your time in the park.
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IMHO there's no reason to have to drive to Pahrump each day; the sites at Stovepipe or Furnace Creek were quite acceptable and you can maximize your time in the park.
True. But Pahrump was a great base of operations that put us in range of many places within an hour or so. We went to Death Valley about every 3rd day, with 1 day at the RV resort and 1 day at other fine locations, such as Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, China Ranch Date Farm, Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, to name a few.
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True. But Pahrump was a great base of operations that put us in range of many places within an hour or so. We went to Death Valley about every 3rd day, with 1 day at the RV resort and 1 day at other fine locations, such as Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, China Ranch Date Farm, Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, to name a few.
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Has anyone done Death Valley? We are considering a few days there this winter and are looking for some recommendations?
We were there last winter in February. Stayed at Furnace Creek with full hookups. We did not have reservations. The area of the campgrounds we were in had maybe 8 sites. Very acceptable. Scotty Castle worth the drive.

We are going back this February and going to rent a jeep and do the off-road to the sliding rocks (racetrack). Would recommend Death Valley as a must see.
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It is probably worth noting for those who haven't been to the Valley, that there is virtually no cell service there (I think there was a little Verizon service near Furnace Creek). At Stovepipe we had no phone service and the campground had a single Hughesnet connection which was pretty much limited to an area near the office. Furthermore, if the wind was blowing the dust pretty much slowed the Hughesnet to a crawl. On the good side of things there was nothing to prevent us from getting a satellite TV signal.
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It is probably worth noting for those who haven't been to the Valley, that there is virtually no cell service there (I think there was a little Verizon service near Furnace Creek). At Stovepipe we had no phone service and the campground had a single Hughesnet connection which was pretty much limited to an area near the office. Furthermore, if the wind was blowing the dust pretty much slowed the Hughesnet to a crawl. On the good side of things there was nothing to prevent us from getting a satellite TV signal.
Nothing but a few million acre of rocks. Rock don't general affect satellite. Ha.
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We too have stayed in Furnace Creek campground and will be back again in February. Looking forward to an electric/water site this time.

We were able to have cell/email service in front of the store at Furnace Creek ranch. And, Furnace Creek is (unless it's changed in the past year) is the only area that has diesel fuel.

Depending on the weather (snow in winter!) we would recommend going to Rhyolite ghost town (on the Daylight Pass Road to Beatty) and then returning on the Titus Canyon road. Titus Canyon is beautiful and you'll go by another mining area called Leadfield. The road will eventually become 2 way as you near the opening of the canyon.

Another area to explore is Emigrant Canyon Road to the charcoal kilns - most of which are all intact. We had no idea how large these kilns were - they look like beehives! Again, check road conditions at the visitor center because Emigrant Pass is around 5000'.

Have fun - and don't forget the golf clubs - the course at Furnace Creek comes complete with coyotes on the course!
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