East of the Eastern Sierra Hwy. 395 is Panamint Springs and the impressive Panamint Valley, California. An awesome desert valley that is way less traveled than Highway 190; Located just west of Death Valley National Park and without all the National Park restrictions, it makes this a perfect place for wheelin. Although Panamint Springs is not a hot spring resort (like you had maybe hoped for), it is a decent place to stop for food, gasoline, or an excellent RV park, well positioned just outside the National Park boundary.
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Visiting the National Park may be an hours drive away, but you can camp almost
anywhere you want in Panamint Valley. There aren't many homes, developement
or services, so you can have the whole place to yourself. There
are plenty of old mining operations to explore and discover. But be careful
hiking around old mine shafts & pay attention to 'No Trespassing'
signs. There still might be a few old hermet or miners hidden back in these canyon, with a shot gun.
Several wide dirt roads are great for motorhomes who don't mind roughin' it. Those who want to stay over night primtive style, (no facilities or amenities) Nadeau Road is paved for miles & has many
places to pull off & camp with out the crowds. If you have
your SUV & wanna explore there are plenty canyons with dirt
roads leading to them. Camping out on the wide open areas are
great on calm nights, but be warned the wind can really pick
up out in these parts. Finding a spot up against a canyon wall
is your best bet.