Despite its severe name, Death Valley is home to amazing wildlife, lovely desert blooms, tremendous geologic diversity, and rich cultural history. The Mojave Desert is equally as intriguing with Joshua Trees, incredible art installations, and equally steeped in rich history. Both regions are abundant in contrasts and extremes.

There are just so many options. An‍‍‍ywhere from the flat 1-mile boardwalk hike along Salt Creek (home to an endemic fish, the adorable pupfish) to a 4-mile loop up Golden Canyon (where some of Star Wars was filmed) and down Gower Gulch to an epic all-day 8-14 mile hike in the Panamints up 9,064 foot Wildrose Peak, or 11,049 foot Telescope Peak.

“Death Valley has an incredible significance to me. I was born in the Mojave as my father was a National Park Ranger here in the early 70s. I just finally brought my wife and our kids to Death Valley. It’s with great pleasure that I return to my roots here each year with my father on our educational trips. I take considerable pleasure knowing that he designed the 4-mile trail we sometimes take up to the 9,064 foot summit of Wildrose Peak (at least on the way down). We spend 4-5 nights in the park – longer than most – so we are likely to get to experience the park in different conditions and witness the early morning and evening light dramatically warm up the otherworldly landscape.”

Death Valley / Mojave Desert

There are great options for cyclists of all abilities In Death Valley. We stay at the center of the park at Furnace Creek which is at sea level and for folks looking for an easier ride we can shuttle you up to 3,000-5,000 feet above sea level to enjoy a long downhill ride or a flat ride of 20-40 miles. Those looking to challenge themselves can skip the shuttle and ride uphill to ride 40-80 miles with 3,000-6,000 feet of climbing or more per day.

T‍‍he Mojave Desert should be at the top‍ of your list for a bike tour during the winter due to it's climate with typically dry weather,‍‍‍ a break from the harsh cold season found elsewhere in‍ ‍‍much of North America. It doesn't hurt that the roads are‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ great for cycling too‍‍‍. We’ve turned the pedals over all across the US and have spent a few seasons in search of that Eureka! moment. And we’re here to tell you, we've found it in the Mojave Desert.

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