Death Valley camping trip, 20-30 January 2000
2250 miles in Mr Bus, starting at ~126,000
20 January Boulder-Richfield, Utah. Cloudy for lunar eclipse. :-(
21 January Richfield, Utah--Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California
via Las Vegas, Tecopa Hot Springs, Shoshone, Bad Water.
22 January East of Furnace Creek: 20 Mule Team Canyon, Slit Canyon
behind Hole in the Wall.
23 January r&r at Furnace Creek.
24 January Dante's View, more r&r.
25 January Harmony Borax Works, up to N part of Park,
back down 29 miles to end of Racetrack Valley--one
of the most sustained rough roads I've driven. Either
the eroded water course for the valley or hard, high
washboard--or both. Exactly the worst frequency for
26 January Ubehebe Pk, other branch of Teakettle Junction into
Hidden Valley, back out to camp at Mesquite Campground.
From 4pm to 4pm, I was alone in Racetrack Valley.
27 January Wind, rain during the night; washed one side of Mr Bus.
Snow on peaks next morning, but air VERY clear.
Tour of Scotty's Castle, then back down valley, over
Daylight Pass to Beatty, Nevada, and then Rhyolite.
Down Titus Canyon and back to Furnace Creek.
28 January r&r at Furnace Creek.
29 January Furnace Creek to Salina, Utah, via Zion Canyon road.
Dinner at Mom's in Salina; don't miss it!
30 January 18 degrees across Fishlake Mtns and San Rafael Swell.
12 degrees on top of Vail Pass and at Eisenhower Tunnel.
Home to Boulder.
Fotos start here.
Mr Bus's color should be "Death Valley yellow" rather than "ivory."
Tecopa Hot Springs-yes! (Thanks to one of Roadcow's trip reports!)
Good showers at Furnace Creek Ranch. $2.
The burgers at the snack room at Scotty's Castle are great--went
back for a second!
Not so good to go alone in an 18 year-old vehicle. Raises the
caution about remote backroads up to parnoia. Two people or
two vehicles would be better. Of course Mr Bus performed
Nat'l Park Service Death Valley web site