There's Still Time For A Death Valley Experience That Doesn't Include Heat Stroke
Death Valley may not be the most attractive vacation prospect right now, what with the obscene gas prices, but if you want to see it soon (and you should), we couldnít help but notice that temperatures right now are a pretty mild 90 degrees, with a high of 99 for tomorrow and back to 96 for Sunday.
Which, seeing as summer temperatures are normally soaring by now, really isnít bad. Maybe itís suffering from the same cold weather front as Vegas (currently a miserable 79) has been for the past few days.
If you want to make a run for it this weekend, weíd advise bypassing the swanky Furnace Creek - because you donít go to Death Valley to play golf and live in a resort, do you?
No, you go to Death Valley to soak in nature, escape civilization and contemplate the magnitude of the earth and all that jazz.
And for that, we recommend Stovepipe Wells. It used to be the official National Park property in the Valley, before they switched to Furnace Creek (heresy!), and itís just what you think of Death Valley as. Half an hour from the bustle of Furnace Creek, thereís just a motel, a restaurant and a general store.
Rooms are simple Ė like a motel but poshed up with southwestern style throws, bull head lamps and swanky eco toiletries (sadly in wall dispensers so you canít steal). Thereís air con, but itís the blustery old kind in a box Ė another reason you donít want to be there when itís too hot, because thereís only so much the box can do.
Itís simple Ė too simple for some people Ė but itís awesome. Sitting outside your room watching the sun set over the valley, and then stargazing from the porch, is something else. And if you can do it right now without expiring from heatstroke, so much the better.
If you want to escape to Death Valley this weekend, a room will set you back $120 for tomorrow or $114 for Sunday. Just remember to fill the tank before you get there.