I am trying to plan a trip to death valley from Las Vegas. We haven't booked flights/hotels so our plan is quite flexible. Currently thinking of a 7 - 10 day trip with 3-4 days in Death Valley.
I am travelling with my husband and my mom. My husband and I are in our 30s and love to hike and explore. We love the outdoors and sites like Scotty's castle don't really appeal to either of us. My mom is in her 60s and has some mobility issues (cant go on long/strenuous hikes. 1-2 miles are fine). She is fine spending a couple of hours at the visitor centers when we go on longer hikes.
I wanted to explore what are the must see's for a once in a lifetime trip to death valley for folks like us. We all like to see magnificent landscapes, desert wildlife, sunrises, sunsets, stargazing.
Are 4 days good enough to cover majority of Furnace Creek,
Scotty's Castle, Stovepipe wells and Panamint Springs Areas with say a hike or two each day.
What we have shortlisted from the NPS site:
Scotty's Castle: definitely want to visit racetrack and the moving rocks and the eureka dunes. Do you think we could fit in Ubehebe Crater as well in a single day here?
Stovepipe wells area: Mesquite Flat Dunes and Titus canyon look interesting. Is Salt Creek worth visiting in December if there is little chance of seeing pupfish? Can these be done in a day?
Furnace creek: Definitely want to go to badwater, Zabriskie point, Dante's View. Can we walk on the salt flats? Is Dante's view accessible in dec? Is Twenty Mule Team Canyon worth the drive? Golden Canyon, Artists drive, devils golf course also seem interesting and will try to do them if we have time.
As you can see we almost want to cover everything in this trip (We love packed trips :-)) Is this doable or am I kidding myself due to distances and other factors.
What is the best way to see these from LasVegas (Vegas -> Furnace Creek -> Panamint Springs -> Scottys Castle?).
Any suggestions to stay? Thinking of renting a 4WD from Vegas.
What about food options for vegetarians in the park?
I know these are a lot of questions but would really appreciate some answers to help with my trip planning.