Death Valley West Side Road is a 35.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Shoshone, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
West Side Road is NOT paved--repeat--it is NOT paved. This is important to know because the conditions of unpaved roads throughout Death Valley can change, here, based on rain because portions of the road can get washed out. Also, before even thinking about taking this road, be sure you have plenty of water in your car because if anything happens to your car, it can get pretty hot out there and this road is not patrolled by park rangers very often (if at all???). Heck, I've seen more coyotes than anything else on this road. Why take it? Well, you might want to just get a different feel for Death Valley. You can take this road by catching it on Highway 190 (in Death Valley) just south of Furnace Creek and pretty much near where Artists Drive meets Badwater Road. West Side Road then runs south along the valley floor for about 40 miles. From this road you can access some other canyons to the west along the Paniment Range--but again, be sure you can change a tire and have plenty of water. Once you're on this 40-mile road, you can't get off it other than to meet up with Highway 190 further south. (We like to take West Side Road on our way back to Las Vegas as we're leaving Death Valley--makes it fun, and we count the coyotes along the way. Not recommended for families with a car full of young kids--there's just nothing out there except rocks!
Incredible views. Well worth the drive.