I wish I lived close to this place because I'd visit it multiple times a year, but I had to be content with a day trip from Las Vegas this spring. Came in from the south via Pahrump and went straight to Zabriskie Point in order to blow away my wife, who had never even heard of it before much less seen it. Mission accomplished, another perma-fan of DVNP.
The place is huge and we spent a lot of time in the car just gawking, but given the moderate morning temperatures that day we did manage to go for a nice walk way out on the salt flat at Badwater. Amazing how quickly people start to look like ants in that spot, they almost disappear after walking out only a few hundred yards.
Later we watched the outside temperature reading in the car quickly go up an extra 15-20F to 99F just by taking the short drive out to the Devil's Golf Course. I agree with other reviewers, there's not much to do out there except view the crystalline features up close, and perhaps be thankful you're not a pioneer trying to cross them on foot.
Ate our packed lunch in the shade (mandatory) at a road side table next to a palm grove by the Furnace Creek Ranch. Then we hit the park visitor center for a bathroom break and advice on some local road closures. We didn't want to climb any peaks so instead we stayed in the valley and went northward to the dunes at Mesquite Flat north of Stovepipe Wells. Went for a 30-minute walk on the dunes, but I wouldn't want to be out there that long in summer, it was plenty warm enough in mid-March.
The heat had really picked up by then so we mostly stuck to the car after that, enjoying the gorgeous blue mountain views before heading out along 374 toward Beatty NV. That route allowed us to pick up 95 back to Vegas instead of returning the same way we'd come in the morning. A really nice one day round trip.
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