Originally Posted by daveb
I try to hit DV yearly. It's looking like they might have a good valley flower bloom this year about March. That alone would be worth the drive through. Watch your fuel, inside the park it's quite high priced. Most of the valley campgrounds are flat and wide open. You might want to look at Texas Spring CG. If the bloom is bigger than expected, some campgrounds might be packed. There are a few off road trails that are 2WD friendly where you can just pull off to boon dock at. IIRC you still need to be 2 miles in to conform to park rules...I'd check. Here is a link to a PDF map provided by the NPS:
20 Mule Train road is a great drive when heading out of the park provided you plan to go out through DV Junction. Have a good trip.
Thanks for the info!
I reserved 2 different sites, 1 per day, at Furnace Creek because there wasn't one site that was available for the 2 days straight.
So far, our plan is to only visit the southern part of DV.
Do you know specifically which trail is 2WD friendly and is 2 miles out that allows boondocking?
I don't really like crowded campgrounds and it seems like Furnace Creek is going to be crowded.