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  1. Default RV trip Las Vegas to Yosemite in August

    Travelling with two adults and two children (10 & 12) from Las Vegas to Yosemite (and then on to San Francisco). Thinking highway 95, drop into Death Valley for the Ubehebe Crater, come out again and stay overnight Beatty, then 266/168 to Bishop stay overnight and then Yosemite via Tioga Pass. Most RV companies say no Death Valley in this period but up the 95 and across seems to be a reasonable workaround without having to do the less interesting loop via Bakersfield. Any views?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO



    Your other options would be I-15 to CA-58 to US-395, or US-95 to Tonopah, then US-6 to CA-120. I'd favor 15/58/395 because 395 all the way is a lot more scenic than 95.

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    Thanks. Very helpful. I hadn't considered the 395, but that is a good idea.

    With two kids how far could we reasonably expect to travel without a mutiny from Las Vegas? I want to have a stop on the way to Yosemite which could be one or two nights.

    Any thoughts on places to stay on the way would be very welcome.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default ET Highway ?

    Hi, welcome to RTA !

    You do have other options available. As mentioned you wouldn't have to go via Bakersfield, you could go through Barstow to 58 and then head north on 395 via Lone Pine, Bishop and Mammoth Lakes to Mono Lake, making an overnight stop at any of those places. Keeping on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada means you get to drive the spectacular Tioga Pass [CA120] over the high ground of Yosemite and down into the valley. Although if you went via Lake Isabella/ Bakersfield, Sequoia NP would become an option, although you would have to check the lenght restrictions on the 'Generals Highway' in the park. You can gain access to most of the attractions, the BIGGEST [literally] is the General Sherman tree, the largest living thing on earth.

    You could also head north out of Vegas [possibly visit Valley of Fire State park] and then take US93 to NV318/375 aka the 'ET Highway'. In Rachel you will find the Little'ALE'INN of 'Area 51' fame. You can get food and drinks here and check out the 'out of this world' photos on the walls. As you get get to US6 you will find the building remains of the once small community of Warm Springs, originally an old stage coach post. There is a hot pool here which is fenced off although there are a couple of holes in the fence, close to the 'Keep Out' sign ! A short walk up the hillside you will find the source of the Hot spring seeping out the rocks into a natural pool, beware the waters hot !

    After Warm Springs you will come to the old mining town of Tonopah, 'Queen of the Silver camps'. This would make a possible location for an overnight stop although just west of town on US6 you will find 'Millers Rest' with free overnight parking. There is not much there, but it's a good spot to get a nights rest in an RV. It's quite desolate along this route, but that in itself we found appealing.

    If you haven't booked a campsite yet, I would highly recommend you book a spot in Yosemite as soon as the booking window opens as there are limited RV sites in high demand. [Booking window for sites up to Aug 14th is open, from the 15th Aug the window opens April 15th. One of the 'Pines' campgrounds in the valley are ideal for a central location.

    If you do decide to enter Death valley, you should know that any damage or recovery from there would be charged to you and a tow or even a tyre change could become quite expensive, and damage could lead to having to pay out 'a lot of dollar.'

    With one night you would have a comfortable day to Bishop and enough time the following day to enjoy the Tioga Pass. You could make it to Tonopah or Millers Rest if you took the ET Highway which is about 3 hours from the entry station to Tioga Pass. You could include a drive through of Valley of Fire and still make it to Tonopah in a long day, or if you have 2 nights available you could spend the first day/night at the Valley of Fire and possibly stop night 2 at Millers rest or Lee Vining.

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