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Death Valley recommendations wanted: I'm going on a trip very soon
with a 10 year boy and two adult males to Death Valley. I would
appreciate hearing about any attractions (old mines, ghost towns)
of particular interest to a 10 year old boy. Thanks.
Been there many times. My favorites include walking into Artist
Palette and down below Zabriskie Point - past the Vista Points.
The beginnings of Marble Canyon were impressive and climbing
into some of the mine holes in the 12 mule drive. Very special was
the early morning horseback ride into the dessert. You don't need
any prior riding experience for this group outing and it put me more
in touch with the past of Death Valley. I always like the indoor and
outdoor museum at the Furnace Creek Ranch with all the things left
behind by the pioneers. On a windy day a hike down to the bottom
of Ubehebe Crater is fun. The sand dunes will be unforgettable if you
climb the biggest ones and then rest on top. You truly will feel like the
king of the mountain surrounded by total silence. I once saw two daring
teenagers sliding them down on the steep side. The biggest dunes are 10
minutes away from the Stovepipe Wells Motel on the same road. (This
motel sometimes has Coyotes hanging around a night in the parking lot.
Fun to watch.) If you go down the regular sand dune tourist road, you'll
miss the big dunes (after crossing 40+ dunes you won't have the energy
to go on). The most important advice: time everything beautiful around
sunrise and sunset!
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