Here is my first attempt at an intinary. I welcome suggestions. A note about us: we don't have to see that much -- would rather spend more time outside walking around vs. being in our car for long periods of time (just in case that might influence what you would suggest for us). We like family friendly walks and moderate hikes, but are not hard core hikers. We do all have hiking boots, etc. DS is into photography too.
We'll leave Las Vegas around noon:
First thoughts for that partial day are to head over to Scotty's castle and take the one hour ranger guided walking tour there. Then I was thinking we'd head to Stone Pipe Village and see the Sand Dunes. After that we'd check in at the Furnace Creek Ranch and relax for the evening swimming / maybe a little tennis or an interpretive ranger program if one is offered.
Next we have our one and only full day at the park:
1) Stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center (see little movie etc.)
3) Next do a family friendly hike. I was thinking of heading back over to the Stone Pipe Village area and doing a moderate Mosaic Canyon hike. I hear it's about 2.5 miles with long narrow walls and some shade.
After that we'd return to our resort // maybe participate in a ranger program if there is something in the evening / relax at our resort.
Next Day -- All we'll do is get up, check out, and drive back to Las Vegas for a late afternoon flight home.
I welcome your thoughts, opinons, suggestions