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Death Valley National Park Bike Tour

  • Zabriskie with dunes and road
  • Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
  • Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
  • Mesquite Flats, Death Valley
  • Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley
  • Cactus Flower, Death Valley
  • Dante's View, Death Valley
  • Harmony borax works, Death Valley
  • Dunes in Death Valley
  • Death Valley park sign
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
15 to 66 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
3-Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$2495
SINGLES ADD FROM
$550

Trip Overview

Looking for a late- or early-season trip with warm temperatures? Join us to bike the best sights in Death Valley, the largest national park in the Lower 48 states. With its sand dunes, slot canyons and salt flats, Death Valley is a land of surreal beauty and extremes. This is a popular cycling destination for good reason — the location makes for great riding in the shoulder seasons, there are plenty of cycling-friendly roads, and the views are out-of-this-world spectacular.

The trip begins and ends in Las Vegas. You spend the first day riding in the Red Rock Canyon before heading into Death Valley National Park. You enjoy all five nights of the trip inside the park, staying in just two inns. During the 6-day trip, you visit the park’s top scenic highlights — including Badwater Basin, Artist’s Palette, Dante’s View, and the Ubehebe Crater. On your last day, you pedal to the quirky Rhyolite Ghost Town before heading back to Vegas.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 15 to 27 miles | Climbing: 800 or 2,100 | The Ranch at Death Valley
The trip begins with a 12-noon meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas Strip South. Arrive ride-ready and with a full stomach. After a brief orientation meeting covering trip logistics, you shuttle a half hour outside of town, where today’s ride begins through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Within the Mojave Desert, Red Rock is an area of great geological interest and beauty. After the ride, shuttle two hours to The Ranch at Death Valley, where you stay for the next three nights.
DAY 2 - Salsberry Pass & Badwater Basin
Distance: 23 or 66 miles | Climbing: 2,100 or 2,900 ft | The Ranch at Death Valley
After a hearty breakfast, shuttle to the beginning of today’s ride. Those opting for the longer ride begin at the top of Salsberry Pass (3,315 ft), which offers a lovely 15-mile-long descent before passing the historic Ashford Mills Ruins and the salt flats of Badwater Basin. Those opting for the shorter route begin their ride at Badwater Basin. At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is North American’s lowest point. (Surprisingly, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, Mt. Whitney, is a mere 85 miles away!) Everyone rides the one-way side road to visit the colorful Artist’s Palette before returning to The Ranch.
DAY 3 - Dante's View & Zabriskie Point
Distance: 25 or 50 miles | Climbing: 0 or 5,600 ft | Terrain: Easier or Advanced | The Ranch at Death Valley
Today’s destination is Dante’s View, which offers an incredible panoramic view of Death Valley. If you enjoy climbing, work your muscles on the 5,600-ft. climb up to the viewpoint. Or skip the climb and shuttle to Dante’s View so you can fully relish the nearly pedal-free descent back to The Ranch. Along the way, all riders visit Zabriskie Point, which offers a unique erosional landscape that has preserved sediments for a whopping 5 million years. After your ride, visit the National Park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center, which is conveniently located next door to our inn. Or, pedal a short two miles from the hotel to visit the Harmony Borax Works, where the well-known 20-Mule Team wagons began their journeys. Those who prefer to spend the day off-the-bike can stay at The Ranch to enjoy the 87-degree spring-fed pool, horseback and carriage rides, the 18-hole golf course or jeep rentals. If you wish, you can also hike Zabriskie Point, Golden Canyon or Gower Gulch (all 3 to 8 miles in length).
DAY 4 - Ubehebe Crater & Mesquite Flat
Distance: 46 miles | Climbing: 900 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Today’s ride begins with a shuttle to Ubehebe (pronounced YOO-bee-HEE-bee) Crater, which was created following an explosion thousands of years ago. The crater is an impressive 0.5 miles wide and 600 ft. deep. Take the 1.5-mile hike around the crater before beginning your ride. Once atop your steed, begin the ride with a rolling descent down from the crater. Along today’s ride, pass through Devil’s Cornfield and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, where fields of majestic dunes and other sand formations stretch as far as the eye can see. End your ride at the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel, where you stay for the remainder of the trip.
DAY 5 - Panamint Springs, Wildrose or Mosaic Canyon Hike
Distance 31+ miles | Climbing: 3,400 – 5,600 ft | Terrain: Advanced | Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Today you explore the park to the west of Stovepipe Wells. Visit either Panamint Springs or Wildrose. Both destinations allow for a variety of distances and elevations, depending on your desired ride. Regardless of the ride you choose, you experience the pleasures of solitude riding in this remote part of the national park. If you wish to have a day off the bike, hike the popular 4-mile out-and-back Mosaic Canyon Trail.
DAY 6 - Departure Day & Ghost Town
Distance: 15, 22 or 36 miles | Climbing: 500, 2,500 or 4,900 ft | Terrain: Easier, Intermediate or Advanced
Today you can choose from routes of three different lengths. Whether shuttling or pedaling, all riders will pass through Hells Gate on the climb up to Daylight Pass (4,318 ft.). Just after the pass, cross the border from California back into Nevada. Near the end of the ride, pedal to Rhyolite, a gold-rush ghost town and popular movie set. Have your camera ready to capture the quirky views available at the Goldwell Open Air Museum (a unique outdoor sculpture park) and Tom Kelly’s Bottle House. After lunch, shuttle two hours back to Vegas to say our goodbyes.

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Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Mar 27, 2022 Apr 01, 2022 $2495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Apr 03, 2022 Apr 08, 2022 $2495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

All daily shuttles, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (you are on your own for 1 dinner), two leaders, van support, route directions, a bicycle and a helmet. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Mar 27, 2022
End: Apr 01, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Apr 03, 2022
End: Apr 08, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

All daily shuttles, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (you are on your own for 1 dinner), two leaders, van support, route directions, a bicycle and a helmet. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

The Ranch at Death Valley
Set next to the National Park Service Visitor Center, at this hotel complex, part of The Oasis at Death Valley, you can enjoy a classic town square with towering date palms and mission California architecture. You’ll find a new restaurant, ice cream and coffee bar, general store with souvenirs as well as groceries, and you can have drinks and dinner in the must-see Last Kind Words Saloon – straight out of a western movie. Plus, there's an inviting 87-degree Fahrenheit spring-fed pool.
Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Situated in the vast and beautiful landscape of Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel provides authentic western comfort. Several rooms offer breathtaking views of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and surrounding mountain ranges while others open onto a tranquil, historic inner courtyard. Guests can enjoy swimming in the heated, outdoor pool with covered lounge area and enjoy their acclaimed Toll Road Restaurant, saloon and general store.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Zabriskie with dunes and road Zabriskie Point, Death Valley Red Rock Canyon, Nevada Mesquite Flats, Death Valley Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley Cactus Flower, Death Valley Dante's View, Death Valley Harmony borax works, Death Valley Dunes in Death Valley Death Valley park sign