Death Valley is the lowest point in North America and not to be missed. We have added this route to Route 66, with departure and arrival in Las Vegas.
Departure from Las Vegas
Duration > 5 Days D
Distance 745 Miles / 1200 Km
Depart from Furnace Creek to explore Death Valley. You can base yourself at the National Park campsite or the adjoining Furnace Creek Inn, which has a restaurant, shops and the world’s lowest golf course. Take the opportunity to explore in the direction of Stovepipe Wells, as tomorrow you will leave in the opposite direction.
Day distance 209 km to Furnace Creek from Las Vegas.
Shortly after leaving Las Vegas, visit Red Rock Canyon and Zabriskie Point.
Today we leave for Barstow. It seems like a huge rodeo but Providence Mountains and Devil’s Playground are between Death Valley and Lake Havasu and there is no direct road. 272 km to Barstow. Visit Badwater Basin (the lowest point in the United States just 225 km from Mount Whitney, the highest in the country). Take shuttle from KOA to the silver mine in the abandoned village of Calico.
Quickly travel the kilometers through the Mojave Desert to reach the picturesque landscape of Lake Havasu, in the park of the same name. The point of greatest attraction is the famous London Bridge, bridge that was transported stone by stone from its original location on the Thames in London in the 60s. 390 km to Lake Havasu.
Retake Interstate 40 north of Havasu and head to Blake Ranch east of Kingman. It is only 90 minutes and we propose to enter Route 66 (towards Kingman Airport) and follow the last sections of this historic road to Seligman or even Ash Fork, before returning to Interstate 40 to Blake Ranch (exit 66). 138 km to Kingman. On Route 66 visit the Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs.
Since Blake Ranch is close to the Grand Canyon, you’ll want to head out in that direction. Those returning to Las Vegas will have time to visit Chloride, where there is an old silver mine that a few citizens want to abandon. 195 km to Las Vegas for vehicle return.
THE VALLEY OF DEATH CAN NOT BE VISITED IN THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST DUE TO THE EXCESSIVE HEAT.
IN THE MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER, IT IS WARNED THAT IT CAN BE VISITED AT THE VISITOR’S OWN RISK.
Ten minutes from the site is the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay (www.bcferries.com) ferry. It is advisable to have reserved a place (Early Bird Departure Special) in order to arrive in the afternoon at the end point of the itinerary. If you prefer, you can spend a few nights at Burnaby Cariboo Campground. The crossing takes two hours to which is added half an hour more to reach the end of the journey. 32 km from Nanaimo to Delta, plus time on the ferry / 46 km to Cariboo.