TOURING DEATH VALLEY
Death Valley National Park is 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Average November highs are in the 70s, with nighttime lows in the 40s. November is one of the quieter months in the park, so campsites and lodging should be reasonably easy to find. The exception is the week of the annual Death Valley '49ers Encampment (Nov 7-11). INFO: $20 per vehicle for a seven-day pass; nps.gov/deva or 760/786-3200.
Furnace Creek Visitor Center & Museum (off State 190, adjacent to Furnace Creek Ranch; 760/786-3244) is the best place to get information and maps. The center offers regular ranger talks and guided walks. The General Store at Furnace Creek Ranch (on State 190; see below) has groceries and camping supplies.