If you go Where to stay

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Stovepipe Wells Ho­tel. 51880 Route 190, Death Val­ley. 760-7862387, death­val­ley­ho­tels.com One of only a few Death Val­ley lodg­ing op­tions, this cen­trally lo­cated full-ser­vice ho­tel has a restau­rant and lively sa­loon, plus a swim­ming pool. A gen­eral store and na­tional park of­fice are across the road. Rooms start at $140. Fur­nace Creek Re­sort. Route 190, Death Val­ley. 760-786-2345, fur­nace­creekre­sort.com. The sprawl­ing re­sort has two prop­er­ties: the luxe Fur­nace Creek Inn, built in 1927, with a posh pool, fine din­ing and an 18-hole golf course; and the more af­ford­able Ranch at Fur­nace Creek, with a restau­rant and gen­eral store. Ranch rates start at $150 and Inn rates at $400.

Where to eat

Bad­wa­ter Sa­loon. Stovepipe Wells, 51880 Route 190, Death Val­ley. 760-786-2387 Among the two op­tions at the Stovepipe Wells Ho­tel, this one has more per­son­al­ity, plus 20 beers on tap and a pool ta­ble. The Mex­i­canand West­ern-in­flu­enced pub food is hearty and ex­u­ber­antly named. (Ex­am­ples in­clude 49er Miner’s All-Busi­ness Chili, Bad­wa­ter 282 Be­low Tostada Salad.)

What to do

Death Val­ley Na­tional Park. nps.gov/deva A sur­real place of ex­tremes, in­clud­ing hottest, dri­est and low­est of all U.S. na­tional parks. Win­ter and its shoul­ders months are the time to visit. Sum­mer tem­per­a­tures well above 100 de­grees can be dan­ger­ously op­pres­sive. Rare rains last spring brought on an ex­plo­sion of wild­flow­ers known as the Su­per Bloom. Ve­hi­cle-en­trance fees are $25 per ve­hi­cle for seven days, $50 for one year. Gene Woods Racing Ex­pe­ri­ence. 121 E. Sun­set Rd., Las Ve­gas. 702-270-8100, racing­ex­pe­ri­encelv.com In Las Ve­gas, ex­pe­ri­ence go-carts on steroids on this half-mile track. The price is $20 per 15-to-20-lap race.

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