We made our 5th trip last November and keep finding more to do each time. We camped at Warm Springs, drove to the Racetrack and made our first trek through Titus Canyon this time around. We bought an old Explorer just to explore the off pavement places that eluded us our first trip. Since then we've been up Echo and Trail Canyons out to Petroglyph Canyon and Marble Canyon/Cottonwood Canyon. Everything from mine shafts to petroglyphs, geoglyphs and fossils and very few people. We usually have the place to ourselves. I love Yellowstone but the crowds ruin it, not so with Death Valley and Stovepipe Well is a great inexpensive place to stay. Oh yes and there is a saloon there too! Just don't go when we are there OK?
This is the place that made my wife and I national park lovers. It was a day trip to get away from Vegas and every moment of the drive out there was amazing! The views were unbelievable. The weather that day was 125 I think, but we didn't mind. We can't wait to take our kids there. I could go on and on about it. Go there!
I agree with the other reviewers about the variety here. Yes, you can go see the lowest spot in the continent, but there is much more -- wonderful sand dunes, Scotty's Castle (which looks like Errol Flynn should pop out any moment), the gorgeous Artist's Loop drive, the enjoyable strolls through the canyons, and the views from Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. This is a huge park and takes a lot of time to see -- you can't do it in one or two days. Come in winter when climate is nice and return again if you only have a short time to spend. Undeservedly overlooked compared to the other National Parks.
Visited during wildflower season. Pay attention to rainfall in D.V. during the fall and winter. If not above average do not expect an abundance of flowers. This year happened to be a spectacular year but we were told this very unusual. Scottys castle is an interesting story but tour is pricey. At least all the tour price goes to maintaining the location.
Other interesting sites, Ubuhebe Crater, Natural Bridge, devils golf course, the dunes, artist drive. If you have time and like to hike go up to wildrose and take in the views. None of the locations are as spectacular as say Arches or Yellowstone but they have a more muted beauty typical of the desert. Look for the small plants and the geologic colors and layers.
Also take the ranger tours if you can. The weekly tour schedule is posted on the NPS site for Death Valley. They help explain different sites. We did the Keane wonder mine tour which helped us understand the mining structures we saw.
Xantarras food is not cheap and also I would classify the quality as fair at best. Food was often cold and poorly prepared. Don't blame the servers, its xanterras and the kitchens issue.
i love death valley. my family have gone there for years for vacation and i always have wonderful times. there's so much to do! 4-wheeling, devil's golf course, scotty's castle, hanging out at furnace creek....great place to go when everywhere else is cold.