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Oct 22nd, 2012, 12:03 AM
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Death Valley Accomodation

Hi ,

I am going to death valley in November(on Thanksgiving). I am loooking for 2 nights accomodation there(I dont wanna camp). Can anyone suggest me some cheaper accomodations nearby that area. May be within 20 miles from badwater /Furnace creek(appx less thn 100$).
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 05:22 AM
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The expensive place is the Inn and I don't think it is open that time of year, but there are three places that have motel type accommodations. Check out

www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/lodging.htm

to see if they have availability when you want to go. We haven't stayed at any of them as we have always done the 2+ hour drive from Las Vegas when we've visited.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 08:11 AM
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Furnace Creek Inn is open: http://www.usparklodging.com/deathva...cecreekinn.php (the Ranch is not)
That site gives you what's in the park (Stovepipe Wells is probably the cheapest) and also has a link to outside/nearby the park. http://www.usparklodging.com/deathvalley/index.php
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 08:53 AM
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We stay at Furnace Creek Ranch, which costs a little more than Stovepipe Wells and is worth every penny.

I don't know why sylvia3 believes The Ranch is closed, on my computer it is open.

We have learned that when we travel to popular destinations with few lodging options, we are going to have to pay more for rooms than we prefer to pay.

You can also see a great deal of Death Valley visiting it as a day trip.

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Oct 22nd, 2012, 08:55 AM
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DO NOT use the link that sylvia3 provided. That link is a middle man and not the actual concessionaire.

Here is a correct link and both the inn and ranch ARE OPEN.
www.furnacecreekresort.com

ALWAY USE THE ACTUAL WEBSITE-NOT THE USPARKLODING WEBSITE FOR ANY NATIONAL PARK. A common mistake made by a lot of people.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Stovepipe Wells is around $100 for a patio room, but they seem to be booked up around Thanksgiving. I would call them directly and inquire about cancellations if you want to stay in the park.

http://www.escapetodeathvalley.com/hotel-rooms

Furnace Creek Inn is over $300/night, the Furnace Creek Ranch is close to $200.

Death Valley Junction is about 30 miles from Furnace Creek, so that is your closest option outside the park. Beatty is about 40 miles from Furnace Creek. Shoshone is over 50 miles from Badwater.

The link emalloy provided has a list of all the options in those towns. The Opera House in DVJ is probably your best bet, rooms for under $100 and closest to Furnace Creek.

Please do not use that USPark lodging website to book anything, it is a 3rd party vendor and charges an additional booking fee. Just book directly with whatever hotel you choose. It is not affiliated with the lodging in the national parks either, in spite of the name which would imply that it is. The official vendor for in park lodging in Death Valley is Xanterra. If you ever see US Park lodging, know that they are always a 3rd party vendor and will always add a fee onto your booking for using them.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 10:22 AM
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Absolutely my bad! I was remembering that the Inn was indeed open that time of year (emalloy thought it wasn't), and went to the first link.
And do check for cancellations; we've done walk up and gotten rooms in Yellowstone and Death Valley when they were supposed to be sold out.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Check your options at http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/lodging.htm (the link emalloy provided). We have always stayed at Furnace Creek Ranch (or camped across the road). Do check with Furnace Creek Ranch directly as they do have some very comfortable but rustic cabins that are much cheaper than the motel-style rooms.

Friends have stayed in Beatty or Pahrump to save money (both casino-laden towns just out side park boundaries. Also the old, very funky motel next door to the Amargosa Opera House. I've seen these rooms and these would not appeal to me at all but friends have told me it was "tolerable."

There is a lot of driving involved in exploring Death Valley, and the advantage of Furnace Creek Ranch is that it is centrally located, has a couple of cafe options, a bar, and a small market, as well as a gas station. It is also next door to the Visitor Center.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 12:37 PM
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Hi evryone,
Thanks a lot for your valuable answers. I have one more question. Driving from SF to Death valley, do you think , its worth staying at death valley for 2nights/3 days ? Is there enough to see?
This is our tentative itinerary:
http://goo.gl/maps/m7NCu
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 01:16 PM
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2 nights for sure, it's a huge park. Whether you can fill up 3 full days depends on what you like to do. If you get bored by the last day, just leave and find something else to do on your way to the Grand Canyon.

By the way, you will need a high clearance vehicle to get to the Racetrack. If you aren't driving one there, you can rent a Jeep in the park. But I wouldn't try driving that road with a regular passenger car.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 01:21 PM
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Death Valley is one National Park that really suprised me how me I liked it. I wasn't expecting much. If you like to hike or explore a bit of the backroads/dirt roads, then yes you can find plenty to do.

Titus Canyon is a very interesting drive. I would think a high clearance vehicle would be in order.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Oh.. I didnt know that high clearance vehicle is needed.. We would be driving in our Prius or Mazda Miata... If we remove racetrack from our itinerary , then also are there any other areas(in our itinerary) which require High clearance vehicles?
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 01:59 PM
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You wouldn't need high clearance for any of the main roads, and only for a few of the back roads. But for some of them you would want a high clearance vehicle. I wouldn't do Titus in a regular car myself. I'm not sure what the NPS site would say. You can hike a portion of Titus and not drive it at all if you want to.

I do believe that there is now a Jeep rental company right in Death Valley. So, you could rent one for a day and do a couple of backroads and take a picnic along.

You could drive Artist Drive and see Artist Palette area. A short hike there is nice.


Racetrack area is bad to puncture tires, so for sure have tires there. I would think the Jeep rentals would be fine there probably.

I would think you would want to see Scotty's Castle, Badwater, Devils Golf Course, Maybe hike Natural Bridge, Zabriski Point.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Heated swimming pools are available. You can also play golf at one of the few golf courses that is 200 feet below sea level.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 02:08 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTYB3s4ABG0

Heres a youtube of Titus Canyon(not my video)

The road seems to be in a lot better shape than when I drove it. You probably could do it in a regular car, but might depend on how recently they graded the road. Just ask a ranger first. I would imagine this road doesn't get that many people on it in late afternoon, so be out before dark. I would do it in the morning, so in the unlikely event you did have car trouble, you wouldn't be spending the night in the canyon.
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 02:13 PM
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oh I forgot Ubehebe Crater.
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