Drive up a paved road to a spectacular viewpoint over Death Valley.
|Total Distance: 13.2 miles point to point (dead end)||Elevation Gain: 3,528ft. up, 48ft. down (1,989ft. to 5,480ft.)|
|Road Difficulty: 0.7||Bicycle Difficulty: Easy|
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|Pets: Yes||Horses: No|
|Best Seasons: October-May||Special Permits: None|
|Water Availability: None||Overnight Options: None|
|Amenities: Primitive restrooms 0.6 miles below Dantes View||Crowd Factor: Moderate to Crowded|
Mile-by-Mile: Dantes View Road
0.0 Beginning of Dantes View Road on CA-190 (2,000ft.). Drive south up Dantes View Road. The views are excellent to colorful hills in the Black Mountains. About mile 1.4, pass a gated road to the old Boraxo Mine Site. Continue on the paved road. Pass another old road on the left about a mile later. The road works its way up a small canyon (part of the Furnace Creek Wash) before entering a broad plain in the mountains. (36.363071°, -116.709177°)
7.5 Greenwater Valley Road on left (east) (3,230ft.). The dirt Greenwater Valley Road goes off with a sign that tells you Shoshone is in 36 (miles). A paved parking area is on the right directly across the road. A gate just beyond the junction can be closed if Dantes View is inaccessible. Continue straight (southwest) on the paved road. The road ascends across the broad plain, working its way southwest and into the higher peaks of the Black Mountains. About mile 12, pass an old road (now only open to horse and foot traffic) on the right. (36.268580°, -116.663770°)
12.6 Trailer parking/restroom on left (south) (5,182ft.). This is as far as trailers are allowed to go; parking is available near the restroom (note that there is no restroom at the main parking lot, higher up the hill). Non-trailers can continue up the winding road to the the main lot. (36.217854°, -116.722250°)
History & More
In 1971, Tenneco, Inc., opened the Boraxo Mine near the Dantes View Road. The pit mine was sunk 400ft. before public outcry prompted Congress to pass the Mining in the Parks Act in 1976, closing Death Valley National Monument to future mining operations. Four years later, some mining resumed, including the Billie Mine, which was the only active mine in the park until it closed down in 2005.
The Mining in the Parks Act of 1976 required the National Park Service to reevaluate the validity of all of the potential mining claims in the park. Even when the evaluation was over, valid mining claims were required to be run with much stricter environmental standards.
Even with the refusal of mines to be operated within Death Valley, some mining areas are still privately held and closed to the public. Often, they’re only vaguely signed, and they rarely appear on park maps. So be careful to obey all signage and not to stumble onto private property as best as you can.
The Dante’s View Road may close after storms that bring mud down on the road or in winter when snow and ice pose a threat to motorists. Please respect the closed roads, as the park service is often working overtime to reopen it and other roads in the park to motorists and visitors alike.
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Leave No Trace Principles are enforced
Drones and model aircrafts are prohibited
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