Furnace Creek, CA
On our final day in Death Valley we decided to take it easy and just visit a couple of places in the Jeep. We first went south on Rte. 190 to drive a scenic loop road through Twenty Mule Team Canyon. The loop is just a couple of miles long on a one-way dirt road that is smooth enough for any vehicle.
The loop road showcased some of the multi-colored rock outcroppings and mountains.
Next we continued south on Rte. 190 to the road to Dante’s View. The road to Dante’s View is paved and thirteen miles long. At the parking area there is a great view of Death Valley over 5,600 feet below.
We intended to hike a short distance to another viewing point and have lunch. But it was just a bit over 50 degrees and the wind was howling so we just enjoyed our lunch in the Jeep while checking out the view.
We returned to the motorhome in the early afternoon to begin packing for tomorrow’s departure. The park service operates three campgrounds in the Furnace Creek area but this is the only one with full hook-ups (Furnace Creek Campground). Their website states that the sites are gravel but, as you can see below, they have all been paved (including the no hook up sites in this park). We were told that there may not be any cell service in the park but found we had four bars (extended service for Verizon) and decent 3G data.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Death Valley. The beauty of the park was a surprise to us and the hiking was excellent. Next up is a visit to Lake Havasu.
More on that later . . .