I will be driving through death Valley the last week of July.
I will be leaving Ridgecrest, CA at 4-5am, stopping for a few pictures at the most easily accessible spots, and then carrying on to Las Vegas.
Google Maps gives me two comparable routes. One stays on highway 190 all the way through death valley, through Beatty junction. The other takes Daylight pass.
I understand it is very hot this time of the year and want to consider safety in the event of a breakdown (even though my car is in fine working order).
Which route is the road more travelled?
Is there considerable elevation change in either route? It seems like this may be the case for Daylight Pass road. The more up and down, the harder I suspect my engine would work.
Also I would ask which road is more scenic, but apparently there is no room for opinions on this site.
Thanks for any advice!