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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
$2595
SINGLES ADD FROM
$600

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 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, the quirky Rhyolite Ghost Town, and the Ubehebe Crater. On your last day, you enjoy a 5000’ descent from Towne Pass before heading back to Vegas.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 14 miles | Climbing: -2,527 | Easier | 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 two hours to Death Valley National Park. Today’s ride will start at the eastern border of Death Valley where you can visit the picturesque Zabriskie Point as you enjoy a wonderful downhill ride to Furnace Creek and The Ranch at Death Valley, where you stay for the next three nights.
DAY 2 - Ashford Mill Ruins & Badwater Basin
Distance: 24 or 45 miles | Climbing: 900 or 1,311 ft | Terrain: Easier | The Ranch at Death Valley
After a hearty breakfast, shuttle to the beginning of today’s ride. Those opting for the longer ride will start at the historic Ashford Mill Ruins. The shorter route begins at Badwater Basin. At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is North America's lowest point. (Surprisingly, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, Mt. Whitney, is a mere 85 miles away!)
DAY 3 - Artist's Drive
Distance: 24 miles | Climbing 2,329 ft | Terrain: Advanced | The Ranch at Death Valley
There are several options today. You can ride from The Ranch to enjoy the challenge of Artist’s Drive to view the colorful and stunning landscape of the Artist’s Pallet. Or, take a leisurely 10-mile ride to Salt Creek to see the desert pupfish, a unique species found only in a few places in the world. On the 10-mile route, only two miles from the hotel, you can 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 visit the National Park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center, which is conveniently located next door to our inn ... or 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 - Rhyolite Ghost Town
Distance: 27 or 46 miles | Climbing: 975 or 1,589 ft | Terrain: Moderate | Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Today you shuttle to Rhyolite Ghost, 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. Cross the Nevada-California border on your climb up to Daylight Pass (4,318 ft.) then enjoy a fun and fast 15-mile descent. Before reaching your destination, Stovepipe Wells, be sure to take a break at the Salt Creek boardwalk to see the pupfish, a very rare and unique desert species found in only a few places.
DAY 5 - Ubehebe Crater & Mesquite Flat
Distance 25 or 46 miles | Climbing: 485 or 926 ft | Terrain: Moderate | 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.
DAY 6 - Departure Day: Towne Pass, or Mosaic Canyon Hike
Distance: 17 miles | Climbing: -4,952 ft | Terrain: Easier
Today you explore the park to the west of Stovepipe Wells. Shuttle up to Towne Pass at 4953’ and descend 17 miles back to Stovepipe Wells. If you wish to spend the morning off the bike, hike the popular 4-mile out-and-back Mosaic Canyon Trail. You depart at 11:00 for the three-hour shuttle back to Las Vegas with a stop in Beatty for lunch.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). 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
Oct 30, 2022 Nov 04, 2022 $2595.00 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 per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). 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: Oct 30, 2022
End: Nov 04, 2022
Cost: $2595.00
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