Emigrant Pass, Death Valley National Park
Emigrant Canyon road climbs to a higher altitude in the park and the landscape is much different than what people expect or associate with Death Valley. This was a very pleasant and eye opening drive. I recommend taking the time to drive this. There are several sites not to be missed along Emigrant Canyon Road. to name a few is Aguereberry Camp and Point, Eureka Mine, Wildrose campground and the Charcoal Kilns.
Because I camped at Wildrose, I drive as the sun was setting. The drive out at sunrise is just as spectacular. Be sure to have a full tank of gas and plenty of water. There are no services other than some pit toilets at Wildrose.
The road use to continue out of the park to Panamint Valley Road but the road washed out not too long ago so you have to return the way you came.
Arriving at Death Valley by "Emigrant pass" was certainly more impressive for the first immigrants that arrived there. Now, an excellent paved road offers a comfortable access and though the mountains are almost bare, that does not look like a desert.
A nice pullout that offers spectacular views is Towne Pass. This is a pass (at 4956 feet) through the Panamint Range that was used by early travelers and is still used today.