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Death Valley Road Trip

Discover abandoned mining towns, strange wildflowers, and an array of canyons.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview:  As the old saw in these parts goes, Death Valley isn’t really dead and it isn’t really a valley, which is why it is a must-drive for... more »

Tips:  February and March are cooler than most months and are the best time to see desert wildflowers.

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Points of Interest

1. Calico Ghost Town

Pan for gold and ride the mining train.

Address:
Ghost Town Rd.
Yermo, California
United States

Phone:
(800) 862-2542

2. Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort

The stucco buildings with orange tiled roofs have been recently updated and are set around a lush garden of date and fan palms near a warm-spring-fed pool.

Address:
Highway 190
Death Valley, California
United States

Phone:
(800) 236-7916

Here, on a lonely stretch of private land, for no particular reason, rest half a dozen outsize sculptures, including a 24-foot oxidized steel miner, pick in hand, standing next to a penguin.

Address:
Hwy. 374
Rhyolite, Nevada
United States

Phone:
(702) 870-9946

4. Mad Greek Restaurant

Watch for the exuberantly tacky billboards for the Mad Greek. The silly Greek restaurant is surrounded by plaster statues, but the draws are its delicious lamb dishes and fresh strawberry shakes.

Address:
72112 Baker Blvd.
Baker, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 733-4354

5. Mojave National Preserve

Take a scenic drive through the Joshua Tree Forest. Trudge up and down the preserve’s 45-square-mile Kelso Dunes—one of the largest dune fields in the United State.

Address:

California
United States

Phone:
(760) 252-6100