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Itineraries

To help you make the most of your trip, following are a few recommended itineraries using Las Vegas as a starting point.

Tour 1: Tecopa, Shoshone and Death Valley

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From Las Vegas, take Hwy 160 toward Pahrump. 13 miles before Pahrump, turn left onto the Old Spanish Trail (sign says Tecopa Road) and travel 36 miles to Tecopa Hot Springs.

  1. Stop at China Ranch for a date shake and hike the Amargosa Canyon.
  2. Soak in a hot springs bath at Tecopa Hot Springs and visit the Tecopa Artists Gallery (Open year round), or dine at Pastels Bistro (Open seasonally from mid October-May).
  3. Take Hwy 127 from Tecopa Hot Springs Rd. and go 7 miles north to Shoshone. Stop in at the Visitor’s Center at the Shoshone Museum. Pick up the Walking Tour Map, which includes the Shoshone Cemetery and Dublin Caves. Services include a gas station and General Store, and the Crowbar Café.  At the Amargosa Conservancy, learn about area conservation issues, or sign up for one of their educational outings.
  4. Just north of Shoshone, take Hwy 178 W (Badwater Road) into Death Valley National Park via Badwater. Walk out on the Boardwalk.
  5. Continue on to Furnace Creek and visit the numerous facilities at Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch. (see Itinerary 4).
  6. Tour the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and enjoy the extensive exhibits and gift shop.
  7. Continue on Hwy 190 to the Route 5 turnoff to Scotty’s Castle, and exit the Park through Beatty or Scotty’s Castle to Hwy 95.

Tour 2: Ash Meadows, Shoshone, Tecopa, and Death Valley

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Take Hwy 95 north from Las Vegas to Lathrop Wells. Head south on Hwy 373. In California, Hwy 373 becomes Route 127.

  1. Visit the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
  2. Be sure to stop at the Amargosa Hotel and Opera House at Death Valley Junction.
  3. From there, take Hwy 190 into Death Valley National Park to Furnace Creek, or continue south on Hwy 127 to our Visitors Center at the Shoshone Museum. See Itinerary 1 for details.
  4. Soak in a hot springs bath at Tecopa Hot Springs, visit the Tecopa Artists Gallery, or dine at Pastels Bistro. (Bistro open seasonally from mid October-May).
  5. Visit China Ranch for a date shake and hike the Amargosa Canyon.
  6. Take Hwy 178W into Death Valley National Park via Badwater to Furnace Creek and Stove Pipe Wells Village.
  7. Exit the Park through Scotty’s Castle or Beatty back to Hwy 95.

Tour 3: Weekend Getaway from Nature’s Wonders to Art and Opera Saturday

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From Las Vegas, take Hwy 160 toward Pahrump. 13 miles before Pahrump, turn left onto the Old Spanish Trail (sign says Tecopa Road) and travel 36 miles to Tecopa Hot Springs.

  1. Stop along the way at China Ranch for a date shake and hike the Amargosa Canyon.
  2. Soak in a hot springs pool at your choice of facilities at Tecopa Hot Springs. For total luxury, add a massage session.
  3. For a glimpse of the desert muse, take a turn around the Tecopa Basin Artists Gallery. Check the Calendar for Exhibits and Artist Receptions.
  4. Spend the night at the Amargosa Hotel and Marta Becket’s world famous Opera House, Attend a performance. The Opera House calendar lists artists and performance times.
  5. Sunday: Have brunch at Longstreet’s Casino 8 miles north. Explore Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and learn about the amazing pupfish.
  6. Travel north to Lathrop Wells, and return to Las Vegas via Hwy 95.

Tour 4: Weekend Getaway Hiking, Golfing, Brunching

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Saturday: Take Hwy 160 to Pahrump and 372 (turns into 178E in CA) to Shoshone.

  1. Just north of Shoshone, enter Death Valley via Hwy 178W and the Badwater Road.
  2. Tour Death Valley National Park, with stops at Badwater, Devils Golf Course, Artist’s Drive and Golden Canyon on the way to the Furnace Creek.
  3. Explore the Furnace Creek Visitor’s Center and its extensive exhibits and gift shop.
  4. Play golf at Furnace Creek Ranch (call for tee times and reservations).
  5. Spend the night in Death Valley at the Furnace Creek Inn, Furnace Creek Ranch or the Stovepipe Wells Resort. Visit the Harmony Borax Museum and other historical sites.
  6. Try one of several great venues for dinner.  Take a relaxing swim, go bicycling, rent a Jeep, ride a horse, or just swagger into the local saloon.
  7. Sunday: Indulge yourself with the lavish Sunday brunch at the Furnace Creek Inn.
  8. Exit Death Valley National Park via Beatty or Scotty’s Castle to Hwy 95.

Tour 5: Weekend Getaway Retreat into Nature Saturday

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Take Hwy 95 north from Las Vegas, then head west into Death Valley National Park via Beatty or Scotty’s Castle.

  1. Spend the day in Death Valley National Park, with numerous wonderful destinations and stops to choose from.
  2. Exit the Park south, via Badwater Road and Hwy 178 to Shoshone. Dine in Shoshone at the Crowbar Café (Open year round) or in Tecopa at Pastels Bistro (Bistro is open seasonally from mid-October-May).
  3. Spend the night at China Ranch or Tecopa or Shoshone and enjoy the quiet, the sunset, and the fabulous night sky. Check Calendar for Star Gazing dates near the New Moon.
  4. Sunday: Enjoy lunch at Pastels Bistro, and walk the Meditation Labyrinth at Tecopa Hot Springs Resort. Go biking, birding, wildflower viewing or take your camera to the Amargosa Canyon, Grimshaw Lake, or anywhere nearby on surrounding public lands.
  5. Follow the Old Spanish Trail back to Hwy 160, and proceed back to Las Vegas.

Tour 6: Weekend Getaway Touring Two Desert Parks

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Take I-15 south to Baker. Exit Kelbaker Road and meander into the Mojave National Preserve. Visit the Kelso Depot Visitors Center for wonderful exhibits, gift shop and travel information.

  1. Spend the day touring the back roads of the Mojave Desert.
  2. Return to Baker on Kelbaker Road, and continue north on Hwy 127 toward Shoshone. Spend the night in Shoshone or Tecopa Hot Springs.
  3. Just north of Shoshone, head into Death Valley National Park on 178 W via Badwater. Spend the day touring the many wonderful stops in Death Valley.
  4. Exit the Park via Beatty to Hwy 95, and head back to Las Vegas. There are overnight accommodations in Pahrump, Tecopa, Shoshone, Amargosa Valley, Death Valley Junction, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Beatty. Check “Lodging” for details.