Twenty-five percent of visitors experience one or more flat tires. Dangerous curves are often unmarked, and posted mileages may be inaccurate. Cell phone coverage is spotty or nonexistent in this area. Since there are few, if any, year-round residents, assistance is not guaranteed on any route. For these reasons, no one should attempt the trip without ample preparation and knowledge of the hazards associated with remote desert travel. Travelers should carry:
• Extra water, food, and gasoline;
• Good tires including at least one usable spare;
• and parts, tools, and knowledge to handle vehicle and tire repairs including tire plugs and a portable air compressor.
A tow costs $1,000 - $2,000.