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Old 03-03-2015, 12:48 PM   #1
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Travel across Death Valley, Late June 2015. Asking for precautions, suggestions etc.

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Old 03-03-2015, 12:57 PM   #2
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You can be assured it will be HOT! lol


There are campgrounds, couple fuel stops. Not certain of diesel availability.


Might wish to do a search of Death Valley Travel
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Only one place in the valley with diesel. It was $5.49/gal in Nov 2013.


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We just spent 4 days there. We came in from the SE(Las Vegas/Pahrump) and found it fine. There is a grade both up and down but nothing too bad. We went out the NW side thru StovePipe and that was a little more of a grade both up and down but I went slow up(like I had a choice), then used gearing and pumped the brakes on the way down(nothing wrong with slow).
We had no reservations and could not get full hook-ups but this time of year we didn’t need AC or heater so we were fine. In June you’ll probably want AC so hook-ups could be more of an issue. We stayed two nights at Furnace Creek, one at Stove Pipe and thought Furnace Creek was nicer.
We did multiple short hikes, the Titus canyon drive(easy) and the Race Track(27ml of bad dirt road).
This is a have to do trip but I am not sure we’ll go back,“ been there done that”.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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Ahh yes, The Race Track. Is that a fun ride or what? Now that the mystery has been solved, we won't go back. But I would recommend folks go there. My recommendation would be a rent a 4-wheel drive Jeep to make the trip. That road was brutal on my truck. Yes, 27 miles each way of rough, rougher, and roughest dirt/gravel road.
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Thank you all for your advice and sharing experiences. We will research a little further. We have reservations both coming and going, just wasn't sure how going through was going to be like.
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We found the roads to all be in very good condition. The campground at Stovepipe Springs has full hookups, but it is pretty much a gravel field. Be sure to stay up late as the view of the night sky and stars is amazing. There is very little light in the valley, so the night sky is impressive.
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Scotty's castle for us was well worth the drive up there. Furnace creek has full hook ups. For us it was a good campground. Two or three places to eat there. There is a gas station there also.

We rented a jeep just a couple miles from furnace creek & did the Race track. The rocks in that road are tuff on tires. Really glad we did the racetrack. That was a one time thing.

We have been twice in February. Was a great trip for us. We will return but not in the summer. Good luck on your trip.

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When traveling in HOT and out-of-the-way places, consider taking extra water in the event of a problem that disables your forward motion.
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