Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder Passes 100,000 Downloads!

May 26, 2011, 10:27 am
Great news: The community that's grown around Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™, our new FREE mobile app, has surpassed the 100,000 user mark! We’ve put a lot of hard work and research into the app, but we couldn’t have hit this humbling milestone without all of the park lovers who downloaded ...

Mount Rainier's Paradise & National Park inns to Accept Online Reservations

May 16, 2011, 10:58 am
For the first time, visitors can go online to book a room at Paradise Inn or the National Park Inn. Mount Rainier Guest Services has started taking online reservations through its website for the two inns at Mount Rainier National Park. “In the past, they weren’t able to do that. They ...

Seven Great Cabins in National Parks

May 11, 2011, 10:17 am
In America's national parks, you won't risk your Boy Scout badge for secretly longing for a shelter with a door, not a zipper, and a bouncy mattress, not packed earth. Repeat after us: Real campers do stay in cabins. The National Park Service runs, through concession arrangements, hundreds of beguiling ...

Charit Creek Lodge

Located in the heart of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Charit Creek Lodge is the perfect getaway for those who want to get back to the basics. The guest accomodation buildings are on the National Historic Register and the lodge and bunks are the oldest buildings ...

The Ahwahnee Reopens Today After Multiple Renovation Projects

March 18, 2011, 10:43 am
The Ahwahnee, a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond property that opened in 1927, will reopen today after completion of a multi-million upgrade to the fire, life and safety systems and a remodel of its guest rooms, public spaces and exterior areas.  The Ahwahnee, a member of Historic Hotels of America, was ...

Tools for Planning Your Alaska Adventure

March 15, 2011, 1:30 pm
A trip to Alaska in summertime is a true escape. Alaska’s parks are as varied as they are vast, and each is worthy of exploration. The national parks in Alaska represent both the great sweep of American history and her natural abundance: artifacts of the earliest North Americans; the ...

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

Lake Erie is the southernmost of the Great Lakes and offers some of the best seasonal adventures in Ohio. Geneva State Park is situated right on the shores of the lake and is the perfect weekend escape. If you’re looking for a close to stay, The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake ...

Enter to Win a Two-Night Stay at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake!

March 3, 2011, 8:14 am
With new restaurant renovations comes the need for a new name, and The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Lodge wants your help! In anticipation of revealing the renovations at the end of April, participants have until March 15, 2011 to enter their suggested names. The restaurant has a reputation for it’s ...

Plan to visit Death Valley in mid April and stay at Furnace Creek. Should we plan 2 nights or 3 to see the park? Will drive & walk.
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Considering that Death Valley is the largest park in the lower 48 states, I would always recommend that you stay longer! There is a lot of park to be seen in such a short period of time, and Death Valley has a lot to offer whether you are auto-touring or hiking. Just remember that there is a vast range of temperatures throughout the park, so be sure to being layers for chilli desert nights!

Our favorites are the Salt Flats, Racetrack Playa, and the Dunes. With three days you may have time to see them all!

For more on things to do in the park, visit our page on Death Valley here.

7 years ago
carolyn s...
Visiting the park May 7-9, Drive from SLC, want to make most of trip, but know some roads are closed. also would like to see Cody, WY
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7 years ago
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Early May can be a iffy time for roads. According to the NPS site, "weather permitting" roads from Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge and out the East Entrance should be open to vehicles. The West Entrance should also be open at that time since it's slated to re-open around April 15th. The South Entrance doesn't open until May 13th. Also, Dunraven Pass, the road that links Tower Junction with Canyon Village doesn't open up until later in the season. Great places to hit up in the park include:

  • Old Faithful
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Elk Park
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Gardiner, MT (North Entrance Town)
  • Fossil Tree
  • Lamar Valley
  • Cooke City, MT (Just outside the NE Entrance. Some great food!
  • Upper and Lower Falls
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Hayden Valley
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • and Cody, WY

If you were coming later in the season, I'd suggest Dunraven Pass (in the park) or the Beartooth Highway (just NE of the park, starting past Cooke City). Some excellent views on both of them. 

I hope this helps!

7 years ago
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