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If you climb the one-way Artist Drive, it's almost inevitable that you'll be doing this one as well. This second portion of the drive is short and sweet, through a beautiful narrow canyon.
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Roadway & Traffic:
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. The beautiful black tarmac alone makes this climb worth doing. Traffic is light and slow moving, a pleasant experience.
Parking is available at Furnace Creek or south at Badwater but you may have to pay the National Park fee. You may also park at the scenic Artists Palette overlook at the top of the first Artist Drive climb and do a short loop (our recommendation)
The only provisions you'll find in Death Valley are at Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells, which is all the way across the park. Death Valley is on record the hottest place on earth, so be careful and go prepared! Bring more than enough water, as temps even in the spring and fall can get into the 90s and 100s.
Even if its cool out, bring more water than you think you'll need - the dry air even on a nice day can lead to dehydration very quickly.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
There are some rustic resorts central to most of the climbs in Death Valley, but even so you'll most likely have to drive from climb to climb, unless you're into 100+ mile rides. We recommend the Ranch at Furnace Creek as the closest hotel to Badwater, Artists Drive and Dante's View. Check out other hotels or rentals in Death Valley NP to plan an epic cycling trip to this otherworldly landscape.
There is also free camping almost anywhere in the park. Check out the NPS Death Valley backcountry camping page for more details
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