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How to Get From Las Vegas to Death Valley


A strange desert scenery lies in Death Valley National Park. Death Valley National Park's flash and splendor make it a terrific day trip from Las Vegas. This guide provides information on vacation planning, driving routes, packing lists, and Death Valley accommodations from Las Vegas.

Trip Planning Tips

Best Time to Visit Death Valley

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Maximize your experience by visiting Death Valley at the proper time. Avoid the 120°F+ heat of summer and choose October through April for better weather to explore the park's different landscapes.

Trip Length

Choose between a day or overnight tour. A day trip offers convenience as there's no need to reserve a hotel, while an overnight stay allows for more exploration and the chance to see the night sky without the light pollution of Las Vegas. Check out the Where to Stay section below for overnight accommodations.


Before traveling, make sure to check for permits and costs. Death Valley National Park charges per automobile for seven days of visitation and additional permits are required for backcountry camping and special events.

Transportation Options

Driving is the preferred option, and hiring a car from Las Vegas to Death Valley is the easiest choice. Las Vegas offers numerous automobile rental options with a selection of vehicles that will make navigating Death Valley's difficult terrain comfortable and safe.

Driving Routes

Via Furnace Creek

  • Duration: 2.5 - 3 hrs
  • Distance: 134 mi

This path winds across Death Valley, providing breathtaking vistas of wide deserts and steep mountains. Furnace Creek offers hotels, restaurants, and a visitor center. Don't miss attractions like the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Badwater Basin, North America's lowest point.

Via Beatty

  • Duration: 2 - 2.5 hrs,
  • Distance: 120 mi

Enter Death Valley National Park via Beatty, Nevada. It's a popular route among travelers seeking a new perspective. Explore Beatty, including the Beatty Museum and Historical Society. Visit Rhyolite, a ghost town, and appreciate the scenery as you enter Death Valley.

What to Pack


Stay hydrated by consuming at least one gallon of water per day, especially during summer when dehydration is dangerous.

Sun Protection

Bring high-SPF sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing to protect yourself from the desert sun.


As some parts of the park have limited food options, pack plenty of non-perishable snacks and meals.


Since the park lacks cell service, bring maps or a GPS device for navigation.

First-aid kit

Carry a first-aid kit with bandages, painkillers, antiseptics, and prescription medications.

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Clothing/Footwear Recommendations

  • Wear loose-fitting, moisture-wicking shirts, shorts, and pants to stay cool.
  • Opt for strong closed-toe shoes for hiking.
  • Bring a light jacket or layers as temperatures can drop dramatically during twilight and at high elevations.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat or neck-protecting hat to block the sun.

It’s important to be well-prepared so you can freely explore Death Valley National Park while staying comfortable and safe, so make sure you don’t miss a thing when packing!

Where to Stay

Visitors have numerous lodging options in Death Valley to suit their tastes and budgets. You can stay at Death Valley National Park or choose accommodations nearby.

In Death Valley

The Oasis at Death Valley

This historic resort offers two lodging options,

  • The Inn at Death Valley
  • The Ranch at Death Valley

They provide a range of amenities, including restaurants, swimming pools, and a golf course.

Furnace Creek Campground

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This campsite offers tents and RV sites, toilets, and picnic areas.

Stovepipe Wells Village

This rustic motel in the northern part of the park provides pleasant accommodations, a restaurant, and a general store.

Near Death Valley


Beatty, in Death Valley, offers hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts located 40 minutes from the eastern entrance of Death Valley.


Situated east of Death Valley, Pahrump provides motels and resorts for visitors.

*Remember to book your accommodations well in advance, especially during peak seasons.


Escape the bustling city of Las Vegas and experience an exciting getaway in Death Valley. Remember to stay hydrated, pack wisely, and show respect for the fragile natural environment as you explore the various landscapes and breathtaking panoramas. The memories of Death Valley will definitely last for a lifetime.

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We hope that we’ve given you all the information you need to make the most of your day. Your vacation is extremely important to us so if you have any questions feel free to reach out at aloha@shakaguide.com.

For more detailed information to help you plan, check out our Death Valley National Park Itinerary and Know Before You Go article.

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