I was going to do one long post about my time in Death Valley but I feel that it will go on and on and so, I decided to split it up.
I first visited Death Valley in 2016 and instantly fell in love. On my first visit, I stayed at the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel. To be honest, for the price, I thought that the hotel was awful. I paid about £170 for one night, room only for two people. The room was dark and had loads of small fruit flies in it. The air conditioning was noisy and it smelt like the drains needed cleaning. The hotel is rated a three-star, I would probably give it one or two and the actual rooms looked nothing like the pictures on their website. The area around the hotel is cool though, there are a few old vehicles and things to have a look at and at night, it was beautifully quiet. There is a gas station and a general store, I would advise to full up before entering Death Valley though as gas prices were expensive.
Stovepipe Wells was the first Tourist town in Death Valley. In 1926, Bob Eichbaum opened Stovepipe Wells Hotel and operated a toll road. From looking online, Xanterra Parks & Resorts® used to manage the hotel but don’t anymore. They do manage the two hotels at Furnace Creek.
Just down the road from Stovepipe Wells, is Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The dunes are easily located, right off Highway 190. There is a car park, with plenty of spaces. You are free to walk on the dunes and there are some fabulous photograph opportunities, with lots of dead trees and branches lying around that make great props.
I have not yet had the chance, but I’ve read that it’s beautiful at sunrise and sunset. Remember, it is the desert so take plenty of water.