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bobbyg2013

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Death Valley
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:13:55 PM »
Is it worth it to stop here for a night or two?  If yes, where do you recommend I stay?

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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 01:31:55 PM »
It is well worth a visit. What time of year are you visiting and do you need hook ups?
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 01:34:32 PM »
Death Valley is absolutely incredible and well worth a visit.  It is huge though, even bigger than Yellowstone. We prefer staying at Sunset campground when we are there. It is close to the private resort. No hookups though. There are private campgrounds with hookups, but the are frequently fully booked. Note all the big campgrounds are basically parking lots. Texas Spring (up the hill from Sunset, no reservations, no generators) and Mesquite Spring are lovely but hard to get in to.
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 01:49:10 PM »
Death Valley is absolutely incredible and well worth a visit.  It is huge though, even bigger than Yellowstone. We prefer staying at Sunset campground when we are there. It is close to the private resort. No hookups though. There are private campgrounds with hookups, but the are frequently fully booked. Note all the big campgrounds are basically parking lots. Texas Spring (up the hill from Sunset, no reservations, no generators) and Mesquite aspring are lovely but hard to get in to.
You took the words right out of my mouth. It is a fantastic place to visit between October and March. Between April and September you have to be insane to go there. It is a really beautiful place to visit and has some amazing scenery.
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 06:02:57 PM »
Two days aren't enough.  The distances are long between various features and/or attractions.

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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2018, 06:11:42 PM »
Two days aren't enough.  The distances are long between various features and/or attractions.

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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2018, 09:24:15 PM »
I was looking over the info on the upcoming 49er's gathering and it said Sunset Campground and Texas Springs Campground are both closed until further notice...Is this the real deal???
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 09:44:10 PM »
Sunset and Texas Springs campgrounds were briefly closed this fall due to the government shutdown. They were open when we stayed there in November. Both close in the summer. Death Valley is a spectacular place to visit. You need several days to get a taste of it. If you like it, you can always go back. We lived there 4 years and still go back every Year or two. There are parts of it that are great in the summer. Other areas are winter only visits. Go and enjoy.


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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 09:45:22 PM »
I was looking over the info on the upcoming 49er's gathering and it said Sunset Campground and Texas Springs Campground are both closed until further notice...Is this the real deal???
During the 2017 Encampment Texas Springs was closed. Sunset opened up for the Encampment, but it was scheduled to close again right afterwards. Due to hard work by park staff and some dumb luck, Sunset stayed open and Texas Springs opened up the day the Encampment ended. There should be no problems with either one in 2018.
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2018, 09:48:59 PM »
During the 2017 Encampment Texas Springs was closed. Sunset opened up for the Encampment, but it was scheduled to close again right afterwards. Due to hard work by park staff and some dumb luck, Sunset stayed open and Texas Springs opened up the day the Encampment ended. There should be no problems with either one in 2018.


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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2018, 11:06:12 PM »
What time of the year are you planning on going to Death Valley?

Spring break is a good time to visit as the wildflowers are beautiful. 

Little too hot in July and August....
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2018, 11:17:27 PM »
I plan on being there the week of March 26 and I understand that is Spring Break for Nevada schools. I also want to visit and camp at Valley of Fire State Park but it is a first come/served campground. I'm concerned that the locals from Vegas will get there before I do.  Anyone have an opinion?

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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2018, 11:19:23 PM »
If you are in a campground that doesn't take reservations it is simply a matter of being in the campground at daybreak and waiting for someone to leave. 
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2018, 03:29:39 AM »
We haven't stayed there ourselves but have visited the park several times.  Our friends stayed at the Furnace Creek Campground last year when Texas and Sunset were closed it seems like those 2 are pretty popular. Furnace seemed nice enough but no hook ups and you are likely to need A.C. if it's hot, March might not be too bad and will likely be reasonable  at night.

Lots to see there, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, the Charcoal Kilns and Devil's Golf course are nice to see as well as the sand dunes. The Artists Palette is a beautiful short drive and Dante's View a great scenic lookout.

Not sure if you have a car or just RV so check roads as some may not be suitable for RV.

Check out the park website for information and if you are on Facebook there is a great group posting fabulous photos of the park. You need to join it before seeing posts I think and they ask why you want to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/621816101277589/

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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2018, 09:41:34 AM »
Oh and if you fancy take a blue flashlight and look for Scorpions!
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2018, 10:01:56 AM »
Oh and if you fancy take a blue flashlight and look for Scorpions!

Thanks for the lesson on scorpion finding Jackie!  :)) I never knew about that, so I did an internet search and saw a couple of neat videos. Pretty cool.
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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2018, 04:12:19 AM »
Thanks for the lesson on scorpion finding Jackie!  :)) I never knew about that, so I did an internet search and saw a couple of neat videos. Pretty cool.
You're welcome. Not always easy to spot, but we saw some last year at Usery Mountain State Park in North Phoenix, see photos...
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2018, 05:52:06 AM »
Thanks!  8)
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2018, 09:40:34 PM »
Furnace Creek Campground does have some hookup sites. They are reservable and fill up fast.
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2018, 01:31:45 AM »
Furnace Creek Campground does have some hookup sites. They are reservable and fill up fast.
Thanks for correcting me Wendy, didnt realise there were any, our friends certainly didn't have a site with any. That's good info as we want to camp in Death Valley this year and that was a nice place.
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2018, 08:58:45 PM »
Furnace Creek Campground does have some hookup sites. They are reservable and fill up fast.

Stovepipe Wells also has some full-hookup spots. http://www.deathvalleyhotels.com/our-hotel/rv-park-and-camping/ They are also reservable online.  I wouldn't recommend staying outside the park; the daily driving distances would be a pain. 
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Re: Death Valley
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2018, 05:45:25 PM »
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I wouldn't recommend staying outside the park; the daily driving distances would be a pain.

I agree.  The distances within the park boundaries are long enough without adding a lot of extra mileage.

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