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I've been all over DV. It is a beautiful, fun place to explore, but know that summer temps are BRUTAL. 120F+ is not uncommon. Special precautions must be taken when doing the valley floors in summer. They lose a couple of people a year there due to heat exhaustion/exposure, sometimes just because of a flat tire. Whatever your plans, don't ever do it in the summer by yourself. Make sure you travel with at least two vehicles at all times.

A mobile/handheld amateur radio set (FCC license required, easy to get) is also strongly advised. There is no cell/FRS radio service and CB signals are killed by the mountain ranges.

Here's a great website to help you create trips in the valley: Death Valley in a Week: 1000 photos (800x600) with GPS trip coordinates
 

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just returned from a 5 night trip to saline. NOW is the time to go. wildflowers are in full bloom and the canyons have lots of water in them = waterfalls. springs are perfect and warm, remember it is clothing optional so relax. Also, the caretaker, Lee, lives there and is not salary- leave a $20 or so for the great camping that exists due to all the work that is done there. BTW- N. Pass is much easier on your rig.
Enjoy,
aaron
 
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