Death Valley and Joshua Tree

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Jul 19th, 2007, 05:06 AM
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Death Valley and Joshua Tree

Thinking about a trip here in November. Any thoughts/suggestions?
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Jul 19th, 2007, 06:07 AM
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In Death Valley we like to stay at Furnace Creek Lodge (not Stovepipe Wells).

We usually drive to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs from Las Vegas. The drive via Primm, Cima, an Amboy is tranquil and beautiful.

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Jul 19th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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Check out www.tabhauser.com and click Death Valley / Las vegas. This is a trip I did not that long ago. We love Death Valley and have been there a few times.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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We loved hiking in Joshua Tree NP...stayed at a B&B (Twenty Nine Palms?) that was charmingly quirky...views to the back were magnificent, but the front vista was of a military base...as, I said, a bit quirky.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 10:10 AM
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death valley we stayed at the furnace creek ranch. less expensive more casual then the furnace creek inn. make sure to do the tour at scotty's castle. it's very interesting. depending how much hiking you like to do, i'd suggest 3 nights/2 full days here. longer if you want to do a lot of hiking.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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This is a big help--thanks. Any thoughts on where to stay in/near Joshua Tree and about the rock climbing?
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Jul 19th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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Twenty Nine Palms is not far and the place we liked (with reservations, as discussed above) is called The Homestead Inn.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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There are two lodges at Furnace Creek, the Inn and the Ranch. The Inn is more expensive and upscale and the Ranch cheaper and more like a motel. Both are better than Stovepipe Wells.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 10:38 PM
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We still love going to Death Valley after about 30 trips! We had our camping days (sort of like camping on the moon - beautiful at night); then we rented the little rustic cabins at Furnace Creek Ranch - clean, rustic, but now they have air cond and TVs. These days we stay in the motel section of the Ranch.
Expect to drive every day to the area you want to visit, sort of like the "E-ticket" rides at Disneyland.
If you like rock-climbing, ask the ranger at the Visitor Center about Sidewinder Canyon. There are some hidden slot canyons with dryfalls where you need to rock scramble - incredible.
Titus Canyon, Fall Canyon, and Mosaic Canyon are great hikes, too. Or take the drive through Titus Canyon from the road near Rhyolite. Visit the pupfish. See Scotty's Castle. Go to Badwater.
It's all great - have water with you at all times.
Stovepipe Wells has had comparatively good food, so try dinner there one night, and then go climb/roll in the sand dunes in the moonlight.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 05:08 AM
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WOW!
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