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Route Overview

Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra including Death Valley

This is your chance to use your sport utility vehicle to its full capability. An SUV combines comfort and ease of operation with an extra edge of ability and safety on roads that are steep, winding, rough, rocky or icy. With your SUV, an intelligent and cautious mind, and the tips, checklists (Adobe PDF) (Text Only Version) and directions in this guide, you have what you need to explore and appreciate the backcountry wonders of Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra.

These routes are almost entirely on public land - your land. We chose to feature routes that are adventurous, rich in interest, and reasonably safe (of course conditions can be unpredictable and you drive each route at your own risk).

We also chose routes that you can travel without damaging the land. There are other places for people who want to test the limits of their vehicle by tearing up dirt. We know that the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley draw visitors who appreciate extraordinary natural beauty and want to keep it that way.

Explore! Enjoy!

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Overview Map
If you are unsure about the area take a look at the map to give you an overview of the area. Identify a route number and select one of the links below for a full description of what to expect, length, map, and what you will see along the way.

Various laws, regulations and restrictions apply to the activities and areas mentioned in this guide, in order to protect natural and cultural resources and for user safety and enjoyment. It is your responsibility to learn and follow applicable restrictions. Contact appropriate agencies for information.

The agencies and organizations involved in producing this brochure do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political affiliation and familial status.

Front Cover of Motor Touring Guide.  Antique car in the Alabama Hillsl with Mt. Whitney in the background.

As a visitor to the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, you have a responsibility for your personal safety during activities you might pursue. Natural hazards exist. It is your responsibility to know the hazards involved and to use the proper safety precautions to minimize the inherent risks of your activities.