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Death Valley Inn-based Tour

Highlights

  • Best hikes in Death Valley National Park
  • Choice of casual or premier lodging in Death Valley
  • Alpine mountain trails with extraordinary panoramic views
  • Expansive salt flats and sand dune fields
  • Colorful volcanic deposits and craters
  • Iconic mining and pioneer history
  • Narrow canyons and prehistoric petroglyphs

Description

With secluded mountain canyons and alpine peaks towering over surreal, below-sea level salt flats, Death Valley is a land of contrasts that captivates the imagination. Our Inn-based Death Valley Tour allows you to enjoy the best backcountry trails in the park while returning to the comfort of contemporary lodging and relaxing restaurant meals each evening.
Death Valley—the largest national park in the contiguous United States—is 93 percent untrammeled wilderness, making it a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Discover narrow canyons, vast dune fields, ancient lava flows, high alpine forests, scenic mountains, and the rich history of the American West. After spending your days exploring this diverse landscape, enjoy your evenings in historic Furnace Creek lodging where you can clean up, eat a fine dinner, and relax by a crackling fire under incredible starlight.

Join us for a fascinating adventure in an otherworldly environment.
Please note: If you want to get out hiking this winter, Death Valley is a great place to do it (Death Valley climate info).
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2018 Dates
  • October 14-17
  • November 1-4
  • November 14-17
  • December 6-9
  • December 28-31



2019 Dates
  • January 3-6
  • January 19-22
  • January 29 - Feb 1
  • February 11-14
  • February 18-21
  • February 21-24
  • March 5-8
  • March 17-20
  • March 26-29
  • April 3-6
  • April 8-11
  • October 8-11
  • October 29 - Nov 1
  • November 10-13
  • December 2-5
 
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Death Valley: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 680 feet
  • Accommodations: Inn at Furnace Creek (Premier) or Ranch at Furnace Creek (Casual)
This multi-day Death Valley hiking trip begins with a morning pick up from your Las Vegas hotel. We’ll depart Vegas and embark across the fabled Mojave Desert’s basin-and-range landscape. Upon entering Death Valley National Park, we will be treated to morning views of the Badlands: jagged hills dazzlingly colored by volcanic metals. At the edge of the Badlands, we will walk to the top of Zabriske Point where we’ll first gaze upon Death Valley and the towering Panamint Mountains.

After a quick stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, we’ll head to the trailhead of Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch: a classic Death Valley hiking loop that takes us deep into the Badlands of the Amargosa Mountains. After a hilltop lunch with panoramic views, we’ll hike down into the water-carved Gower Gulch which will spill us out onto a slanted desert landscape at the edge of Death Valley itself.

Time allowing, we may stop at one of many historic points of interest near Furnace Creek before settling in at our lodging where we’ll enjoy a fine dinner at the historic dining room of the Inn at Death Valley.
Day 2
  • Drive Time: 3 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 9 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 feet
  • Accommodations: Inn at Furnace Creek (Premier) or Ranch at Furnace Creek (Casual)
After an early breakfast, we’ll head deep into the very spine of the park, the tree-clad Panamint Mountains, where we’ll take-on the 9000-foot Wildrose Peak. This rugged mountain hike offers a heart-pounding physical challenge with an equally rewarding summit. At the trailhead are the historic Charcoal Kilns: enormous stone domes used for smoking out wood fuel for Old West mining operations. With surprisingly cool temperatures, our hike will take us into a rich juniper and piñon forest as we climb the east slopes of Wildrose Peak. At the summit, we’ll have absolutely breathtaking views of Death Valley, Panamint Valley, and the snow-streaked Sierra Nevada Range on the western horizon.

We’ll finish our day’s exploration at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, where you’ll have chance to roam one of America’s most stunning dune fields—at the foot of the very mountain range we just hiked—before a relaxing restaurant meal.
Day 3
  • Drive Time: appx 3 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 3-5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 400-1200 feet
  • Accommodations: Inn at Furnace Creek (Premier) or Ranch at Furnace Creek (Casual)
Today’s unusual hike will take us through a unique volcano group in the remote northern reaches of Death Valley. We’ll explore the astonishing Ubehebe Craters, often considered a trip highlight by guide and guest alike. These impressive geologic formations and lava fields—some of which erupted a mere 800 years ago—reflect Death Valley’s rich volcanic history. Our loop trail will take us along volcano rims and, if time allows, to the bottom of the largest Ubehebe Crater.

For the final evening of our trip, we will explore the iconic Badwater Basin. After a sunset stroll into the very heart of Death Valley at 282 feet below sea level—the lowest point in North America—we will enjoy dinner next to the white glow of its vast salt flats.
Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-7 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200-500
  • Shuttle to Las Vegas: 2.5-3.5 hours
For our final day in Death Valley, we’ll hike one of several mountain canyons of the Amargosa Range. Desolation Canyon, Sidewinder Canyon, Virgin Spring Wash, and Kaleidoscope Canyon each offer their own taste of sublime Death Valley wilderness. We’ll have lunch on the trail or, if time allows, atop the expansive vista of Dante’s View—the best overlook of Death Valley itself—while celebrating and reflecting on our amazing journey.



Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 nights of lodging at Furnace Creek Resort or equivalent Death Valley hotel
  • Use of trekking poles and a day pack
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Death Valley hiking guide
  • Comprehensive, roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Las Vegas and back
  • All necessary entrance fees and permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Death Valley hiking tour features a combination of restaurant meals and meals prepared by your guide.

We provide breakfasts and lunches for the trip. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Las Vegas, Nevada. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at a hotel in Las Vegas. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Death Valley Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Las Vegas at an agreed upon time.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Death Valley

Death Valley encompasses an area with extreme elevation and climate variations. It is home to the lowest point in the United States: Bad Water Basin at 282 feet below sea level. Its highest point, Telescope Peak, is 11,049 feet high, a 11,331 ft difference!! Most of our trips focus on the lower elevations, and feature comfortably moderate winter temperatures, and warm-hot Spring/Fall temperatures. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the lower sections of Death Valley:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
40°
67°
 
 
February
46°
73°
 
 
March
55°
82°
 
 
April
62°
91°
 
 
October
62°
93°
 
 
November
48°
77°
 
 
December
38°
65°