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Old 11-26-2010, 08:20 PM   #29
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Photos of Death Valley Fire Department, view from Furnace Creek Inn, Stovepipe Wells, and Shoshone RV park with our old Toy Hauler and the Road King. Shoshone has the best of the hot springs in the area.

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Old 11-27-2010, 01:23 PM   #30
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More photos of Crow Bar Saloon, Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley, China Ranch Date Farm located just south of Tocopah, and Bad Water....were it looks like people are walking on water on the south end of Death Valley NP. Trex "May Wally be with you"

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Death Valley is not for everyone.

If you are looking for a unique experience that puts you in a primordial world of barren mineral landscape, this is it. Early morning and late afternoon light brings out the best in Death Valley. The evenings add to the other world experience. Be prepared to walk surrounded by turquoise sandstone, leading into pure gold mounds then a deep red world of Artist Palette. There are many options for easy hikes with plenty of companions or other hikes that are all day loops where there is no one else in the world except you and your spouse. Some of the trails take you to ghost towns, abandon mine shafts, other evidence of previous habitation and faded dreams.

People that have lived in Death Valley seem to have an edge and story about them. Some are dark like Charles Manson and others are just plain dream seekers or escaping the world that has become intolerable for them. Early pioneers attempted crossing the desert to reach the California coast.

There are plenty of four wheel drive opportunities.

Furnace Creek campground is uneventful but the visitor’s center is next door with rangers and volunteers ready to share the many stories of Death Valley.

We’ve visited the past two Januarys and will spend three days again this January. We usually meet up with 5 or 6 other campers. Our plan then is to go on our own and head south to Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree NP.

The western approach to DVNP has two magnificent but very very steep and long climbs and descents. For us, October through April is the time to visit the California desert.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:01 PM   #32
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Death Valley in January

I am dying (no pun intended) to go.....when in Jan are you going and might we tag along??
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:44 PM   #33
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Make sure you check out the hot springs in the area

Make sure you check out all of the hot springs just south of the park. It really is worth the drive to soak in the pool at Shoshone RV park or the two person private pools at Tocopah RV park, Plus the public hot springs on the way to the China Ranch Date Farm in south Tocopah. They all have web sites.... It could make for a very fun day trip if you'er going to stay/camp in DV National Park the full time period you'er there.... Trex "May Wally be with you during your travels."

PS, stay clear of any Jimson weed you may come across....

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Old 12-09-2010, 08:56 PM   #34
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Hey Gatorboy,
Or anyone planning a trip out that way. Check out this website. Sierra Nevada Airstreams for WBCCI Sierra Nevada Airstreams. Click on rallies, then click on the year (2009-2010). Scroll down to locate the places and dates to click on. I am not a member of that unit but I like there site. Passing along the good stuff.
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Mojave National Preserve

what are the places to stay and see at the Mojave

What is the best route from Joshua Tree

and from Mojave...what is the best route to Furnace creek in death valley

and then

what is the best route to Fresno

and does anyone know anything about red rock canyon state park on california 14
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:58 PM   #36
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Death Valley, Mojave, and Joshua Tree

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what are the places to stay and see at the Mojave

What is the best route from Joshua Tree
and from Mojave...what is the best route to Furnace creek in death valley
and then
what is the best route to Fresno
and does anyone know anything about red rock canyon state park on california 14
If you'er coming from the south/east, you may want to go to Joshua Tree first, then head north thru Baker to Death Valley . From Death Valley you can drive to Mojave on Hwy 14/395 to 48. From Red Rock/Mojave you can go north thru Bakersfield. From Bakersfield go north on Hwy 99 to Fresno.

If you are going to camp in other areas in Calif. You may want to buy the book "California Camping" by Moon Outdoors, it has a complete guide to more than 1,400 tent and RV campgrounds in Ca. Barnes and Nobles or any other large book store should have it. Furnace Creek is nice, but there are many other campsites in the area that have more to offer. I have never gone to Joshua, but would like to go there someday.
Red Rock has 50 campsites...no hookups,$12.00 per nite, and no trailers over 30' long. Lots of good hiking trails.

Make sure you post your photos of Joshua Tree....

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desert trip

we love Joshua Tree...been there twice this year.....Plan is to go to Joshua tree first week of january late...then move to Mojave...wonder the best route>>??

where to stay and what to see at the Mojave National Preserve.....

then how to get to Death Valley...furnace creek...and what other sports that might be interesting and then

i want to leave death vallen and head south...or actually the destination is the SKP park...which is north of fresno on Hwy 41 ...i saw that red rock canyon state park might be on my route and wondered about it...

which roads in death valley are the roller coasters and others along the way???????

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which roads in death valley are the roller coasters and others along the way?????
Highway 190 off 395 east or west bound is not for the timid, I'd avoid it. You'll pull a easy grade on 58 west bound over Tehachapi pass, but care should be taken on the descent into Bakersfield. There is a neat SP, "Colonel Allensworth" off 99 north of Bakersfield, paved dry camping, showers, pretty view. Watch for the owls that burrow in the fields! 99 is a crummy road towards Fresno, take it easy.
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In and out of DV

The best way in and out of DV is through Baker, CA. Not nearly as steep as 190 off of 395.....eastbound and westbound......Death Valley is one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen. And the rangers are terrific....well worth your time attending their hikes and talks.....they are passionate about it......p
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I pulled my 31-footer up 190 into Death Valley. As I have a Duramax, uphills were no problem. The down hills are a piece of work.

It was a beautiful drive, but you've got your hands full controlling your downhill speed. It is spectacular, though.

When traveling south on 395, don't forget Bodie and Mono Lake. And Manzanar.

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Depends on the time of year for Bodie.

At this time of the year, Bodie is probably totally snowed in. And there can be snow on 395 sometimes as well........I have been receiving dump alerts from Mammoth Mountain which is just south of Mono Lake.....

You are right about the downhill being the challenge. The mountains are not that high.....I think the summits are only about 4900 feet or so but remember that Badwater is 280 feet below sea level......so the uphill should not be a problem....it is controlling your down hill speed that is the challenge. p
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At this time of the year, Bodie is probably totally snowed in. And there can be snow on 395 sometimes as well........I have been receiving dump alerts from Mammoth Mountain which is just south of Mono Lake.....

You are right about the downhill being the challenge. The mountains are not that high.....I think the summits are only about 4900 feet or so but remember that Badwater is 280 feet below sea level......so the uphill should not be a problem....it is controlling your down hill speed that is the challenge. p
Yep...I think you'er right... maybe the best way in and out of Death Valley in the winter would be thru Baker north to Shoshone than the Park. I think all of the other Hwy passes in/out are approx. 5,000 Elevation. Trex
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