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Hiking Trip Death Valley National Park Mini Hiking Tour Moderate

      Optional Add On to Grand Canyon

Date: Oct. 29 - Nov.2, 2017

(5 days, 4 nights; Sun. - Thurs.)

 

Assembly Point: Las Vegas

(airline service to Las Vegas; Timberline van shuttle between Las Vegas and Death Valley prior to and following tour)

Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am Drop - off time: 2 pm

Tour Cost: $2,549

(includes all lodging, all meals, van shuttle between Las Vegas and Death Valley, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps and narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost $380

Add on to Grand Canyon: $250 

     

Inn Highlights

  • The Oasis at Death Valley

Death Valley National Park has an instantaneous emotional impact on everyone who sees it. That initial view from Zabriskie Point across the vastness of the valley floor to the distant Panamint Peaks rising from the valley clad in an unmistakable mantle of snow is unlike anything that you have ever experienced in a hiking trip.

Spectacular though this view may be, it reveals nothing of the intrigue of Death Valley. Several days of hiking into just a few of the nooks and crannies of Death Valley confirmed for us why we choose to hike rather than do bus tours (as though we ever entertained such a choice!). You won’t believe the hidden treasures that await you on this Death Valley Hiking Tour—the startling colors of Mosaic Canyon, the improbability of a waterfall in Fall Canyon and the narrows of that canyon above the fall, the Ubehebe Volcanic Crater, and the breathtaking views from its rim, to name a few. And, with a little luck (and winter rain), we may be dazzled by an array of desert golds that will surpass any prior images of a desert in bloom. The reality is—when you’ve chosen to visit a region that embraces the lowest point in the western hemisphere that is located only 80 miles from the highest point in the “lower 48”, you need to expect the unexpected. Death Valley does not disappoint.

As a fitting beginning for our visit to a land of extremes, we’ll assemble in Las Vegas, but escape the city limits relatively early morning of Day 1 as we head to Death Valley National Park. We’ll picnic for lunch at the Oasis and then continue to the amazing sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells. We’ll hike among the dunes and then return to our lodging, where we’ll spend all four of our overnights.

Early morning of Day 2, we’ll head south from The Oasis to the Badwater region. We’ll hike from the Golden Canyon Trailhead along, over, around and through the otherworldly labyrinth of Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Point overlook for an awesome view of the vast and varied panorama of Death Valley (5 miles). Later that afternoon, we’ll walk through the salt flats at Badwater and also visit Natural Bridge (3 miles).

We’ll head north toward the Funeral Mountains on Day 3, we’re off to Stovepipe Wells for a visit to Mosaic Canyon. If you have even the slightest interest in geology, you will be dazzled by the rock and color of Mosaic Canyon. The characteristic pinks and oranges of the predominant dolomite formation are offset by the intense polished white of the metamorphosed marble. Erosion has created a corridor of spectacularly narrow slots in Mosaic Canyon (3-4 miles).

Day 4, we'll ascend the rim of Ubehehe crater for a unique view of the Death Valley region.  (6 miles).

We’ll leave Death Valley on the morning of Day 5 and shuttle to Red Rock Natural Area west of Las Vegas. We’ll hike along First Creek at Red Rock, with its stunning views of the park's massive red rock formations (4 miles), prior to our return to Las Vega for drop off at the hotel.

For those wishing to continue with our optional add-on to the Grand Canyon, we will drive to the south rim for a one night stay at Maswik Lodge.  On Day 6 we will have several hours to explore the South Rim Trail, catch the views from Hermit's Rest, and enjoy some ice cream at the Bright Angel Trailhead.  Mid afternoon we will return to Las Vegas for an 8pm arrival.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Group assembles in Las Vegas early morning; van shuttle to Death Valley National Park; hike Sand Dunes (2 miles); overnight at The Ranch at Death Valley 2 miles
Day 2 Hike Golden Canyon-Zabriskie Point- Gower Gulch (6 miles); visit Badwater, hike Natural Bridge (2 miles) 8 miles
Day 3 Hike Mosaic Canyon (4 miles), Sand Dunes (2 miles); and Salt Creek (2 miles) Dinner at the Inn 8 miles
Day 4 Hike Rim of Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters (4miles) Salt Creek Interpretive Trail 6 miles
Day 5 Van Shuttle to Red Rock Natural Conservation Area; hike First Creek; return to Las Vegas 4 miles
Optional Day 6 Grand Canyon South Rim Trail and Hermit's Rest.  Return to Las Vegas 4 miles

Total hiking mileage: 28 - 32

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.