I tried my first post a few of hours ago but nothing has come up so I'm posting again. Hopefully this won't be a duplicate.
We were going to go to Death Valley next weekend and spend the night at Stove Pipe Wells but we may have to leave early the next morning to pick up friends in Vegas on our way to Zion so we're thinking about doing Death Valley in one day. We'll be heading out early AM from near Red Rock Canyon and we'll go until dark, eating meals along the way. These are the places that we'd like to go in the order that seems to be the most efficient route.
20 Mule Team Canyon
Devil's Golf Course
Golden Canyon Trail
Salt Creek Flats- pupfish
Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes
Other than Golden and Mosaic Canyons, it sounds like most of these are drives or short stops but I have no idea how long it takes to get from one place to another. If anybody can give me an idea so I will now how we're doing time wise, that would be great.
I read that Zabriskie's Point is best at sunset or early morning but then we'd have to back track to pick up 20 Mule Team Canyon and Dante's View. Is it worth doing that?
I had also planned to finish up at the Sand Dunes near sunset but then I read that the sun sets there 90 min earlier than other places. If that is the case, would we be able to go to Mosaic Canyon after the dunes or does the sun set early in the canyon too?
Do we need to see Golden Canyon and Mosaic Canyon or does seeing one give you a feel for the other? If we have to cut something, any suggestions as to what to cut first?