Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Death Valley Car Camping
clipbord  Trip Report : February 13-18, 2015
 Trip Report : December 26-29, 1996
where? Death Valley National Park, California
the trip     This informative write-up is designed to gauge your level of interest into a four (4) nights and five (5) days round trip to Death Valley National Park in California. In talking to some of our hiking club members, I found out that quite a few of us have never been to the Park. After such a highly successful and fun week’s long trip to Zion National Park in southern Utah, it is time to plan another multi-day trip to somewhere. And why not to Death Valley National Park? It is the same distance as Zion National Park from central Phoenix, about 400-450 miles.
    The difference this time is that this trip is not just a “motel staying” trip, but it will also have an option for camping for those of us who wish to do so. Those of us who would like to stay in a motel; we will do so in one of six (6) motels available in a small town just outside the Park, namely Beatty, NV. Beatty is about half an hour driving distance or 26 miles on highway 374 to the intersection with highway 190, Scotty’s Castle Road. This intersection is located just in the middle of the Park where highway 190 serves as the main “drag” in the Park and traverses the Park from north to south.
    The trip is planned to take place between February the 14th, which is Saturday, our travel day from Phoenix to Beatty, NV. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we will visit the Park and I will enumerate for you in a more detailed presentation, each day’s activities. On Wednesday, February 18, we return to Phoenix.
    For a complete and detailed presentation of this trip, please click on the following link: http://1drv.ms/1wt6poh. This link will take you to my OneDrive in the “clouds” to read the report in its entirety with all the trip details etc.
    To preview some of the most beautiful pictures of Death Valley National Park, please click on this link: http://1drv.ms/1rVU3OY. It will take you again to my OneDrive in the clouds to view several dozens of pictures and get a feel for what you are going to experience at the Park. I hope these pictures will excite you.
What you need to take along:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water for every day of activities
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses, some warm clothing for early morning hours
•  Enough clothes for 5 or 6 days
•  Lunch or snacks for each day
•  Camera
distance There are several hiking trails planned for this trip. Total distance cannot be determined yet depending on time and how many we hike. But there would be enough for everybody and for all levels of hikers.
time Three full days in the Park. Five days round trip.
EC Variable depending on the trail.
elevations From below sea level to a few hundred feet.
type In and out mostly but some loops.
starting at Various trailheads in Death Valley National Park.
on trail 100%, except on sand dunes and where trails do not exist.
rating "C" for most of the trails.     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost A National Park Pass or Senior Pass per car will save you the entrance fee to the Park for all passengers in that car. See write up for other details regarding fees. When car-pooling, please pay your share of the cost of gasoline and any other fees. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Death Valley
meet Car pools will start from their points of origin throughout the Valley. Some may want to caravan.
drive From Phoenix, to Las Vegas, by way of AZ highway 93. In Boulder City, NV Hwy 93 turns into Hwy 95 which will take you all the way straight to Beatty, NV.


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