Have lived in California over 30 years and never got out to Death Valley. Expected just desert. The highlight of my trip were the mountains. The view of Telescope peak dusted in snow from Panamint Springs was a real surprise. Enjoyed driving over Towne pass.
Though we spent much of our time in the Death Valley, we stayed @ the Panamint motel. For what was visable from there the hues of blues/ grays, reds and sand changed with the passing clouds and dusk and dawn. Hope to explore more there next time.
We made a long run into the Panamints to visit some old mines over a 4WD road, meeting other non-traditional types along the way. Everybody was friendly and helpful and the mines were simply amazing. What were these old-timers thinking setting up shop in such places? Their craziness contributed to ours and we had a lovely time. Take water!!
If the weather is fine, Highway 190 through the Panamint Mountains is an absolutely magnificent route. If the weather is not fine, DO NOT be tempted!
From Furnace Creek it is about a 60 mile drive along highway 190. The trip itself has beautiful scenery all along the way. You go from a couple hundred feet below sea level to 5000 feet above. You ca make a food, gas, supplies & souvenirs at the little town of Stovepipe Wells. We ended at "Father Crowley's View" atop... 更多
I came up from Ridgecrest. The Road is well maintained and is an easy drive, except for one 6-mile section that recently washed out. It is graded but quite rough. Proceed slowly, to control dust, and look for areas where there are fewer tracks for smoother travel. It was late May and temperatures were still tolerable. Do bring water and... 更多
Went up to see the end of the "Super Bloom" and found some lovely specimens, but not many. Started at 70 degrees and ended up at 30 degrees and 2 inches of slushy snow, but the views are beautiful.