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You need just a bit over two hours to get from Las Vegas to Death Valley if you decide to go via the fastest route. Unfortunately, it's also the ugliest of all routes you can take. It takes you to Furnace Creek along the Nevada State Route 160 and the California State Route 190. In total, you are to cover a distance of about 135 miles. What this means is that if you don’t take any stops along the way, you should be at Death Valley in approximately 2h 10m counting from the time of departure from Las Vegas.
But, what’s the point of going on an adventure if you’re not gonna experience some excitements along the way? That’s why our suggestion is to stay away from the shortest route and pick an alternative route. For example, you can take it north from downtown Las Vegas and pass through the Indian Springs and Cactus Springs, the home of Genevieve Vaughan‘s Temple of Goddess Spirituality.
Then, take the Veterans Memorial Highway until you reach Armargosa Valley, where the Area 51 Alien Center is located. Then turn to NV-373 S and drive past Ash Meadows and Funeral Mountains Wilderness Area until you reach the Death Valley Junction. That’s where you should turn right and onto CA-190 and keep driving straight until you reach your destination. This whole journey should not take you more than three hours in total, counting a few stops along the way.
Whichever you route you choose, make sure you have the fuel tank full for this road trip. After all, you’re traveling to one of the least hospitable places in the whole wide world. This is something that even the National Park Service recommends to the visitors of the valley. Apart from the gas stations in Las Vegas, you can find stations at Panamint Springs, Stovepipe Wells, and even at the Death Valley Ranch.
The average fuel price in Nevada is about $2.88 per gallon, which is a bit higher than the country’s average. What this means is that you won’t spend too much cash for your Death Valley trip. Of course, this is only true if you’re going by your own car. If you’re renting, the things are a bit different.