Day-1 (Sun, 12/23): Drive from LV to DV via Jubilee Pass and visit the following places in that order with a late lunch stop at 49ers in Furnace Creek.
1) Badwater basin
2) Natural Bridge
4) Artist's Drive/Palette
5) Golden Canyon Trail
7) Dante's View
Then drive to Beatty for an overnight stay.
Day-2 (Mon, 12/24):
8) Drive from Beatty on 95 and 267 to get to Scotty's Castle.
9) Ubehebe Crater
10) Drive on Scotty's castle road and 190 to get to Mesquite Sand Dunes
11) Mosaic Canyon
12) Darwin Falls
Then drive on 190/395 to get to LA/Simi Valley in about 4 hours (probably late at night)
a) I won't have a 4WD or a Jeep. Are the roads and destinations suggested above ok?
b) Is the above itinerary doable considering the short winter days? I can start early and am used to long days.
c) I can easily skip Scotty's castle to make is more workable. What other places could i skip (Ubehebe Crater is a must-go) to cram this in 2 days?
d) Would you change the order or move things between Days-1 and 2 ?
e) Is my plan to enter via the Jubilee pass the best way or are other ways more effecient?
f) Would park facilities be closed on 12/24 and 12/25?