Death Valley from the East Entrance
The East entrance from Beatty, aptly named "The Gateway to Death Valley", offers the tourist, sightseer, adventurer, or hiker the closest access to almost all of Death Valley National Park's most popular and interesting attractions. Death Valley National Park is so large (3.2 million acres), so the jump-off point for your adventures should be closely and centrally located inorder to make the most of your time as driving distances between different parts of can be great. That is why Beatty is a great 'Gateway'. Most of the most popular sites to see and explore are closer to the East side of the Valley (closest to Nevada and Highway 95) than they are to the West entrance (the California entrances from Highway 395). The Beatty entrance is the most central of the Nevada side entrances and thus the closest to most of the most popular sites to see in any direction North or South once a traveler reaches the valley floor. Some popular sites are literally between Beatty and Death Valley (the ghost town of Rhyolite and the Goldwell Open Air Sculpture Museum). One must-see adventure, Titus Canyon can only be entered from the direction of Beatty.
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