I sometimes wonder if Death Valley was a creation by nature in anticipation of the future invention of a BMW GS motorcycle. It is a vast geographic area that is impossible to explore in a car, and too big of an area for a jeep.
Even on a GS, it can take weeks and many trips to explore the many features and historical areas of Death Valley. It is best not to plan too much and simply take what time, weather, and road and trail conditions and closures allow—and no more! This is not a place to push any equipment or personal physical boundaries.
Here is a track that can be done in a few days under ideal weather conditions, that captures many Death Valley highlights. This track does not even attempt to explore the amazing Panamint, Saline, and Eureka Valley’s that are also part of the park. Save those for future trips, because once you travel this route you will be a Death Valley addict. If conditions are not perfect, then simply do pieces of this route, using it as a basic starting point of a plan and add/detract as timing of your trip permits. Carry extra gas!!
|Technical Difficulty / Terrain (1-10)||7 – Offroad|
|Elevation Change (feet)||43,536|
|Scenic / Historic (1-10)||10|