Death Valley Scenic Byway
The California coastline offers long picturesque drives along the coast of the pacific ocean and is a popular attraction for many snowbirds this time of year. But, there is more to see of California than just the coast. Travel inward a few miles toward the desert and you'll experience the same breathtaking views, just of different land forms.
The Death Valley Scenic Byway is some of the most traveled highways in southern California and offers some of the warmest temperatures and lowest elevations. The drive through Death Valley is about 130 miles long and takes about 3 and a half hours from start to finish; a journey you can make in a day. But, there are many stops to make along the way you may just want to make it a 2 day trip in your RV.
Your journey begins in Olancha on US-395/CA- 190 and ends on a 13 mile steep stretch of Dante's View , another attraction, and connects back to CA-190. Along the way you'll travel through Owen's Lake Bed as you make your way up toward Death Valley National Park. From here you'll wind through the Panamint Valley where you'll get a glimpse of the Panamint Sand Dunes in the distance and finally reach your highest elevation of the trip, 6,433 ft, at Agureberry Point. Once you've taken in the views all around you, you'll start to make your way back down through the Mosaic Canyon which boasts multicolored, layered marble rock which was created by years of rushing waters that eventually receded.
If you feel like taking a detour toward Scotty's Castle you can tour a 1.4 million dollar Spanish Villa built in the 1900's. Also in this area is the Ubehebe Crater. Created by steam explosions, it was the last and largest to be formed. Once back on track, you can visit Furnace Creek, home to numerous natural springs that gush over 600 gallons of water per
minute. Then just up the road is Zabriskie Point where you can view ancient lake beds and will lead you down a gravel road toward the Badlands and the Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Finally, you'll make your way through Dante's View, your last chance to view Death Valley in all it's glory before making your way back toward the coast.
You can get a full map and directions by visiting www.myscenicdrives.com and downloading their interactive map. Although the entire trip can take as little as a few hours, you'll want to make sure you have everything you need to spend the day in your RV. Make All Valley RV in Acton your first stop before hitting the Death Valley Scenic Byway.