Death Valley / Mojave Desert

Despite its severe name, Death Valley is home to amazing wildlife, lovely desert blooms, tremendous geologic diversity, and rich cultural history. From Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level to Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet the region is abundant in contrasts and extremes. Our Death Valley bike and hike tour offers you the chance to climb mountains, walk in canyons, cycle past sand dunes, volcanic craters, and other dramatic geographic formations. Let us know your lodging preference: the luxurious Furnace Creek Inn or the more moderately priced Ranch. Either way, you’ll enjoy delicious dining each day. Join us!

Biking: Great options for cyclists of all abilities. 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.

 

Hikes: We like to operate this trip as a multisport biking & hiking or even hiking only trip as there are so many great hikes. 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

 

Kayaking: Only in reaaaaaaly wet years, but it did happen in 2005 that someone made the cover of the LA Times kayaking at Badwater

 

Misc: You must spend time in the natural spring water pool at either hotel. The reason for the hotels’ location is the spring. Mining history.

Mid Range: Furnace Creek Ranch

 

Upper End: Furnace Creek Inn

Furnace Creek Inn

 

Wrangler Steakhouse

Late October to early April are ideal for our active trips.

“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.”