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Death Valley Experience Run Descriptions

On August 20, 2023, rain from Hurricane Hilary triggered flash floods that damaged and closed all the roads in Death Valley. The Park Service and contractors have repaired and reopened many of the roads, but storms on February 4-7, 2024, moved debris and caused more erosion. Roads to some popular points of interest will remain closed until after the scheduled dates for Death Valley Experience 2024. Each day we plan to have one run to the northern portion of Death Valley, one run to the central portion of Death Valley, and one run to the southern portion of Death Valley. The exact routes and points of interest will depend upon road openings and closures.

Northern Death Valley

One of the following runs each day:

1. Rhyolite, NV, Stateline Mine and Gold Point, NV -  Explore two ghost towns. Refuel and resupply in Beatty, NV. This run is rated moderate.

2. Ubehebe Crater and The Racetrack - Visit two natural wonders of Death Valley. This run is rated easy.

Central Death Valley

one of the following runs each day:

1. East Side of Death Valle - Depending upon road openings, visit Chloride City, Keane Wonder Mine, Echo Canyon, Zabriskie Point, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Dante’s View, Artists Drive, and/or Badwater. This run is rated moderate.

2. West Side of Death Valley - Depending upon road openings, visit Charcoal Kilns, Eureka Mine, Aguereberry Point, Skidoo, Telephone Arch. This run is rated easy.

Southern Death Valley

One of the following runs will be offered each day.

1. Barker Ranch - This run will loop past Badwater, through Warm Springs Canyon, Butte Valley, Mengel Pass, to Barker Ranch, then return via Goler Wash and Ballarat. This run is rated difficult due to rough conditions in Mengel Pass and Goler Wash.

2. Saratoga Springs - This run will loop past Badwater to Saratoga Springs (home of desert pupfish) then stop for an optional soak in Tecopa Hot Springs before returning via highway to Stovepipe Wells. This run is rated moderate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a group campsite in Death Valley?
No. We will not have a group campsite in Death Valley. Instead, please refer to the list on our website of the public and private campgrounds and hotels in and around Death Valley.
Is the Death Valley National Park entrance fee included in the registration?

No. The entrance fee is not included in the Death Valley Experience registration. If you already have an Annual, Military or Senior pass, you do not need to pay the entrance fee. If you don’t have a pass, you can purchase a 7-day pass for $30 at the Visitor Center or any of the campground kiosks. If you later decide to purchase an annual pass, the entrance fee will be applied toward the purchase.

Note that the park has gone cashless as of June 1, 2023. Read this article for more information.

What radio will we be using for trail communications?
A major part of the Death Valley Experience is to learn about the area from our trail guides. To do so, you need a GMRS radio capable of receiving on channels 15 – 22. If you don’t have a mobile GMRS radio, a hand held GMR radio will do.
Can I get fuel in Death Valley? Is it expensive?
Furnace Creek has regular gasoline, premium gasoline and diesel. Stovepipe Wells has unleaded regular gas and the price always seems to be lower than the price in Furnace Creek but the price in both places is higher than outside the Park. Three of the runs (Echo Canyon, Rhyolite/Titus and Scenic Central Death Valley) will make a stop in Beatty, NV where the fuel prices are lower than in the Park. If you need diesel, the only options are Furnace Creek, Beatty NV or Pahrump NV (60 miles east).
Can I charge my electric vehicle in Death Valley?
Furnace Creek has level 2 chargers by the laundromat. They use a NEMA 14-50 or J-1772 plug. Beatty NV has a Tesla Supercharger and a Chargepoint charging station.
Where can I buy groceries in Death Valley?
The General Store in Furnace Creek has a grocery section with non-perishable and fresh food. The Stovepipe Wells gas station has a mini-market with a limited selection of non-perishable groceries. Beatty NV has a small grocery store. Pahrump NV has several supermarkets (Walmart, Albertsons, Smith’s).
Where can I find water to refill my water jugs and water bottles?
The Death Valley Visitor Center and all the developed campgrounds have potable water.
If my vehicles breaks down, can I get it repaired in Death Valley?
There are no automotive repair services or parts available in Death Valley. The nearest parts and service facilities are in Pahrump, NV (60 miles east). It has AutoZone, NAPA and O’Reilly stores, and a Jeep dealer.
Where can I get medical care?

In an emergency, call 911, for routine care call these facilities:

  • Amargosa Valley Medical Clinic, 1690 East Amargosa Farm Rd., Amargosa Valley, NV 89020 (775) 372-5432 M-Th 8am-6pm
  • Beatty Medical Clinic, 250 S. Irving, Beatty, NV 89003 (775) 553-9111 M-F 8am-3pm (a nurse is on duty; a physician by appointment only)
  • Desert View Regional Hospital, 360 S. Lola Lane, Pahrump, NV 89048 (775) 751-7500
Where can I get care if my pet gets sick or injured?
Animal Care Center of Pahrump, 6891 State Highway 160, Pahrump, NV 89060 (775) 751-2224 Mon-Sun 8am-5pm.