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Steve LarsonMore info

Steve Larson

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Thanks for putting this up Bob. There are some nice pictures and good info here. I visited the dunes last weekend, and it seems the NPS has done some work there. There are several officially sanctioned camp sites near the Dunes. These are marked on a map at the intersection of Eureka Valley Road and Death Valley Road/Big Pine Road (not sure what it's called at that point), and also when you reach the dunes. The first one you come to has four concrete picnic tables and fire rings. There is also a pit toilet, but it isn't stocked with TP, so bring your own. The other camp sites are just spots off the road that have been marked around the perimeter with small rocks. They don't have tables or fire rings, so the first four are the only place you can legally have a fire.

We found that coming in from the west from Big Pine it was probably fastest to take Death Valley Road instead of 168. This cuts about 19 miles off the trip according to Google Maps. DV Rd. is paved until the park boundary, and is a very smooth graded dirt road from there to the turn-off to the dunes. It took us a little over an hour from Big Pine to the dunes.
Posted Nov 15, 2010 8:38 am

Bob SihlerRe: More info

Bob Sihler

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Thanks, Steve. I copied the camping info in and credited you.

I think the DV Road you mention is the Big Pine Road I mention. Is that right? Do you know which is the official name? I recall Big Pine Road for some reason, but it's been about six years since I was last out at Eureka.
Posted Nov 15, 2010 2:36 pm

Steve LarsonRe: More info

Steve Larson

Voted 10/10

You're right Bob. The Road is called Death Valley Road outside of Big Pine. I don't know exactly where it changes name.

One other thing to add--the road over Steele Pass requires a narrow vehicle with a short wheel base and lots of ground clearance. I'll post some photos of the nasty bits when I get a chance.
Posted Nov 16, 2010 7:32 pm

Bob SihlerRe: More info

Bob Sihler

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Done (at last). Please let me know if and when you add those pics. Not only would I like to see them for their own sake, but I also would consider displaying them on the page with the Steele Pass information or at least putting in links.
Posted Mar 5, 2011 10:21 am

Steve LarsonRe: More info

Steve Larson

Voted 10/10

I posted the photos a few months ago. Use them as you please.
Posted Mar 13, 2011 11:57 pm

Bob SihlerRe: More info

Bob Sihler

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Thanks-- I put them on the page. And I don't think I'll be trying that road in a rental!
Posted Mar 20, 2011 4:09 pm

CraigandJudyRoute from Big Pine

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Judy is terrified of long steep dropoffs off the side of roads and thus cant go to Eureka via the route from Ubehebe. Just want to confirm that the route from Big Pine has no such dropoffs, and a rented 4WD SUV can make the trip. [May also drive from Beatty; anyone know the distance?

Thanks.
Posted Apr 12, 2013 4:50 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Route from Big Pine

Bob Sihler

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I don't know the distance from Beatty, but the route from Big Pine is fine. Honestly, there are no instances of long, steep dropoffs as I think of them along the road from Ubehebe. The road does for a time wind up and down a pass, but it isn't scary.

You might get more feedback on this forum: http://www.death-valley.net/forum/.
Posted Apr 12, 2013 7:28 pm

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