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Overnight Stay - Panamint Springs or Stovepipe Wells?

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Overnight Stay - Panamint Springs or Stovepipe Wells?

We're planning a two day trip from Las Vegas in mid June. We had pretty much decided on Panamint Springs for our overnight stay until we read the reviews and Stovepipe Wells looks a wee bit better. All we're really looking for is a decent dinner and a bed for the night so we're not expecting 5 star luxury.

If we go for SW will we be missing much by not going to PS?


Our route there will be through Pahrump, over to Shoshone, up Badwater Road to Furnace Creek. Apart from Badwater Basin and the visitor centre at FC, are there any stops on the way to PS or SW that we should be making? We did Artists Drive in June 2009 so we'll only do that again if we've got time on our side.

Also, can anyone suggest a different route back to LV and stops along they way? Ideally it would be a shorter and more direct route back.

We'll just have a regular car, not a 4x4, so we don't want to go off road just in case! We're also not planning on doing very much walking at all due to the heat.

Finally, we're deliberately going on 19th June as there's no moon that night and we want dark skies to see the stars. Presumably both PS and SW won't be affected by much light pollution so there's no difference on that count??


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1. Re: Overnight Stay - Panamint Springs or Stovepipe Wells?

Panamint Springs is family owned, not corporate, has a decent restaurant, a great beer bar, and rooms that are clean, some recently renovated, a wrap around porch where you can eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink, wifi easily accessible, and drop down gorgeous location but on the western edge of the park. It is also cheaper than SPW. Europeans tend to love its authenticity, and enjoy the fact it is a little "quirky".

SPW is more corporate, rooms more cookie cutter, a bit more authentic than Furnace Creek Ranch, and has a pool and a bar that is not too good. You will get many different opinions. I always stay at least a few nights at PSR, because I love the vibe of the place. Will you miss something if you do not go there....well I think it is a true desert experience worth having, especially for non US guests. However, not the end of the world if you miss it.


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2. Re: Overnight Stay - Panamint Springs or Stovepipe Wells?

Thanks for that.

It's interesting you say that PSR has had some rooms upgraded. One of the things we're wary of is the pictures we found on Google images of problems with the rooms.

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