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Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

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Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Hi there

I am planning to drive from 29 Palms to Death Valley. On the way, I wish to see something interesting, like Kelso Dunes and Cima Dome.

Is there any place where I can find a hotel/motel room for a night to divide my journey as we do not want such a long, 6 hours exhausting journey? Is Baker not a place to stay? I read some very negative reviews. Is there anywhere apart from Baker to stay to cut the journey into half or more manageable for us?

Many thanks

Celine

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1. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Baker is “a place to stay,” but little more. It is a small, unexciting town on I-15 with several motels. I think they are all indies now; there was a Motel 6 (U.S.-Canada chain) in the past but I can’t track it down now. There are also restaurants, gas stations, what they claim to be world’s tallest thermometer (134’ high, in honor of the highest recorded Fahrenheit temperature in Death Valley), and a state prison. Most of Baker’s traffic is traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. There really isn’t anything of visitor interest there, but if you’re spending some time exploring Mojave National Preserve, it is the most logical stop on the way to Furnace Creek.

The next town is Shoshone, about an hour north of Baker, and a lot more quaint. It has fewer services (one motel, a gas station and general store, and a charming little local museum). Not counting any mileage for exploring and sightseeing, from Twentynine Palms to Baker is 180-190 miles, and it’s another 55 miles to Shoshone.

From Shoshone to Furnace Creek is 60-75 miles, depending on whether you take Hwy 178 and the Badwater Road all the way or Hwy 127 to Death Valley Junction and then 190 into the park. Both of those beautiful and scenic, and which one I’d suggest depends on how much time you have to spend in Death Valley and a little more detail about your overall itinerary.

Since 6 hours is a long drive for you, and you will want to take time to enjoy Mojave National Preserve and not exhaust yourselves driving to your overnight stop, I suggest simply picking a place in Baker that looks OK. It's been years since I stayed there so I can't recommend a specific place, but maybe someone else here can..

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2. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Hello Celine, and welcome to the Death Valley National Park forum.

Traveling from Twentynine Palms to Death Valley via the Mojave National Preserve does not provide much in the way of hotel or motel lodging. As Frisco_Roadrunner already stated, Baker is a place. . . but not much of a place to stay the night. There are two independent type motels there. . . the last review here on TripAdvisor I saw said that the hot water was not what you would call "hot." Lukewarm at best. You get the picture. You get the four walls, but the level of habitability is not what I would call "standard" in any way. Be prepared to accept less than the usual, and you'll survive just fine should you choose Baker as your overnight stop.

I personally wouldn't, however. You could take F_R's response about Shoshone - I honestly hadn't known that there is a motel there - or you could go up Baker grade on Interstate 15 towards Las Vegas and stay in Nipton at the Nipton Hotel, which is down home Mojave Desert lodging, but everything is serviceable and in good repair and works. Nipton is down the I-15 hill grade getting you into Primm, Nevada, and to the right a few miles on Nipton Road. Interesting place to stay, and recommended here on the forums.

Another option is to simply take I-15 north a few more miles and stay at the border locale of Primm. Three modern hotel/casinos there,and they should all be comfortable and be in working order, etc. I've stayed there myself. . . no problems.

Both Nipton, California and Primm, Nevada are about an hour and a half away from Baker in driving time. I'm sorry there isn't any more central location for you, but as this is the Mojave Desert you are visiting, this is as good as it gets here in the "middle of nowhere" as outsiders often tell us.

Whatever you do, please be sure to bring plenty of drinking water with you on your trip. I personally carry a flat (or more) of bottled water with me in my car's trunk. Even in the Springtime, the sunshine can cause you to get thirsty quicker than you may be used to being.

Enjoy your travels with us.

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3. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

What are your plans for Kelso Dunes? Hike up?? That;'s strenuous. If you just want to see the dunes from nearby just drive the short dirtroad to the parkinglot. It won't take much time then.

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4. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Do not recommend staying in Shoshone! Also as others have said Baker is nothing to write home about. Continue driving to Death Valley and stay there. Much much better. I have driven from 29 Palms to Death Valley several times and it is an easy drive.

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5. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

I agree with ZB as I already suggested in my earlier post.

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6. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Baker is just a little bitty town in a big desert. As has been stated, there are a few motels and some places to eat - all very basic. As long as you don't expect anything fancy, you'll be fine.

Click on this blue link to see a picture of the town... http://bakerchamber.org/

Here are more photos:

http://tinyurl.com/78tnu9w

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7. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

You all are so kind!

After having a clearer picture of what deserts and desert towns are like. I think we will drive up directly from our hotel in Palms Springs to Death Valley all in one go. Stop over in Barstow or Baker for a cup of coffee and rest for a while.

I am very grateful for you all in helping us to make a smoother trip!

Kind regards

Celine

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8. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Good decsion! Be prepared for wonder.....

ZB

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9. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

If you have decided not to stop overnight, you already know this will make a long trip for you since you plan to explore in Mojave National Preserve. The travel distance (not counting the sightseeing) is 250 miles or more, via Baker.

You do not need to go to Barstow. That is far out of your way, and there isn't much of absolute "must-see" interest for most visitors there either. Baker has plenty of fast food places and one less typical, the Mad Greek's. It has gotten very mixed reviews here, but being out in the middle of nowhere 100 miles from Las Vegas and 180 miles from Los Angeles, I guess it is what it is!

Anyway... no need to go to Barstow. Here is some of what you'd miss, mainly of minor regional interest. It is a Route 66 town, but much of the main drag where Route 66 ran has been altered a lot. It is a historic railroad town with a depot that once contained a Harvey House (the Judy Garland musical “The Harvey Girls” is based on this chain of early 20th century railroad dining establishments). The ornate, sort of Spanish Baroque-ish style building has been restored and is now Barstow’s Amtrak and Greyhound depot and a museum. Barstow is still a railroad hub for Amtrak and private railroad companies. It’s a major military town, with several Army and Marine Corps training and logistics bases nearby. And all roads lead to and from Barstow, for Las Vegas, Flagstaff, San Diego, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and beyond there, northern California, making it a major highway hub as well.

On your way up from 29 Palms, before you get to Mojave NP, there is a site you might enjoy: the old Route 66 town of Amboy. It's very small, but it is a picturesque place that characterizes the towns along the old "Mother Road" that were eventually bypassed by I-40 and became sleepy hamlets or total ghost towns. If you saw the original “Hitcher” movie with Rutger Hauer, you’ll recognize Amboy and Roy’s Café as the location for some pretty unpleasant scenes. You’ll get there if you go east from 29 Palms to Amboy Road and then north to get to Mojave NP.

Website about Amboy: http://www.rt66roys.com/

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10. Re: Hotel between 29 Palms and Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Whoa! I just noticed your last post mentioned your hotel in Palm Springs. Are you staying in Palm Springs or 29 Palms? Palm Springs is about 55 miles farther south.

If you are actually staying at Palm Springs, and maybe planning to explore both Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve before heading for Death Valley, you will need more than one day for travel and exploring.