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Guided Walking : North America

California: Death Valley National Park

Moderate Terrain: 2-5 Miles Daily

California: Death Valley National Park

Between the weathered sandstone curves of the Amargosa Mountains and the rugged snowcapped peaks of the Panamint Range, Death Valley teems with life. Twisted Joshua trees frame the orange radiance of sunset at Furnace Creek. Delicately sculpted dunes migrate slowly across the serene and austere valley floor. At the mouth of a deep canyon in the Black Mountains, the stunning Artist’s Palette offers a panoply of colors of rock—emerald green, vibrant red, deep purple, and yellow. Here, you’ll walk the polished marble chute of Mosaic Canyon through millennia of geological history. From Dante’s View, you’ll see the greatest change of altitude in North America: the sub-sea-level Badwater Basin rising to Telescope Peak—an 11,325-foot swing in elevation. In season, marvel at surprising blankets of wildflowers: poppies, verbena, cacti, and desert star. Though home to the highest recorded temperatures on earth, Death Valley is gloriously mild in late fall through early spring…ideal for exploring in all its glory this remote land of extremes.


Tour Highlights:
  • Soak in the spring-fed pool at your desert oasis hotel, the Furnace Creek Inn.
  • Walk the rim of Ubehebe Crater, a half-mile wide and 600 feet deep, and discover how it was formed by a single, massive explosion of steam over 2,000 years ago.
  • Spot the region’s diverse wildlife with your experienced guides, including hawks, roadrunners, iguana, bighorn sheep, and wild burros.
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4 days, 3 nights

FROM $2,398 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Transfer to Death Valley

Start your adventure with a visit to Zabriskie Point—which offers your first views of Death Valley—before heading to Artist’s Palette for a picnic lunch overlooking a colorful landscape of volcanic sedimentary hills. After, enjoy an easy walk in Golden Canyon, pausing to marvel at the 400-foot cliffs of Red Cathedral.

Accommodation: The Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park

A four-diamond historic resort offering luxury in the heart of Death Valley, this mission-style property is located on an oasis of palms and gardens surrounding a natural spring-fed swimming pool. Amenities include massage services, tennis courts, and gift shop.

Day 2

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Start your day by exploring Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, a series of 200-foot-high hills of sand crisscrossed by the tracks of lizards, rabbits, and foxes. After a picnic lunch, walk through Mosaic Canyon, passing cliffs of marble bedrock and breccia on your way to a natural amphitheater full of candle-like mud drippings.

Accommodation: The Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park

A four-diamond historic resort offering luxury in the heart of Death Valley, this mission-style property is located on an oasis of palms and gardens surrounding a natural spring-fed swimming pool. Amenities include massage services, tennis courts, and gift shop.

Day 3

Ubehebe Crater rim walk

Ubehebe Crater is a half-mile in diameter and was formed by a single massive volcanic explosion. Stroll along its rim before heading on to Scotty’s Castle, a sprawling Spanish-Mediterranean mansion built by a prospector in the 1920’s, full of antiques and custom-made furniture. This afternoon, explore striking Titus Canyon, a geologically fascinating mix of rocks including layers of limestone and intricate conglomerates.

Accommodation: The Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park

A four-diamond historic resort offering luxury in the heart of Death Valley, this mission-style property is located on an oasis of palms and gardens surrounding a natural spring-fed swimming pool. Amenities include massage services, tennis courts, and gift shop.

Day 4

Natural Bridge

After a hearty breakfast at the inn, including their specialty date-nut bread (from the inn’s own palms), enjoy two final walks to stunning Death Valley landmarks. The first is Natural Bridge, a massive natural rock bridge above a canyon. The second, Badwater Basin, is the lowest land elevation in North America—282 feet below sea level.

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Day 1

Transfer to Death Valley

Start your adventure with a visit to Zabriskie Point—which offers your first views of Death Valley—before heading to Artist’s Palette for a picnic lunch overlooking a colorful landscape of volcanic sedimentary hills. After, enjoy an easy walk in Golden Canyon, pausing to marvel at the 400-foot cliffs of Red Cathedral.

Accommodation: The Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park

A four-diamond historic resort offering luxury in the heart of Death Valley, this mission-style property is located on an oasis of palms and gardens surrounding a natural spring-fed swimming pool. Amenities include massage services, tennis courts, and gift shop.

Day 2

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Start your day by exploring Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, a series of 200-foot-high hills of sand crisscrossed by the tracks of lizards, rabbits, and foxes. After a picnic lunch, walk through Mosaic Canyon, passing cliffs of marble bedrock and breccia on your way to a natural amphitheater full of candle-like mud drippings.

Accommodation: The Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park

A four-diamond historic resort offering luxury in the heart of Death Valley, this mission-style property is located on an oasis of palms and gardens surrounding a natural spring-fed swimming pool. Amenities include massage services, tennis courts, and gift shop.

Day 3

Ubehebe Crater rim walk

Ubehebe Crater is a half-mile in diameter and was formed by a single massive volcanic explosion. Stroll along its rim before heading on to Scotty’s Castle, a sprawling Spanish-Mediterranean mansion built by a prospector in the 1920’s, full of antiques and custom-made furniture. This afternoon, explore striking Titus Canyon, a geologically fascinating mix of rocks including layers of limestone and intricate conglomerates.

Accommodation: The Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park

A four-diamond historic resort offering luxury in the heart of Death Valley, this mission-style property is located on an oasis of palms and gardens surrounding a natural spring-fed swimming pool. Amenities include massage services, tennis courts, and gift shop.

Day 4

Natural Bridge

After a hearty breakfast at the inn, including their specialty date-nut bread (from the inn’s own palms), enjoy two final walks to stunning Death Valley landmarks. The first is Natural Bridge, a massive natural rock bridge above a canyon. The second, Badwater Basin, is the lowest land elevation in North America—282 feet below sea level.

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Dates & Prices

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2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Oct 29 - Nov 1 $2,598 $798
Nov 3 - Nov 6 $2,598 $798

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Feb 11 - Feb 14 $2,398 $648
Feb 16 - Feb 19 $2,398 $648
Mar 11 - Mar 14 $2,398 $648

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Apr 30$2,598$2,398$648
Oct 1 - Dec 31$2,598$2,398$648

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Death Valley Walking Tour Guide Hannah Sullivan
Hannah Sullivan

Hannah Sullivan moved from New York City to Berkeley, CA, for graduate school in 1990, fell in love with the Western US, and has never looked back. She currently lives in Tahoe City, CA, and guides hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking tours in Death Valley, Tahoe, Yosemite, and many other regions of the Western U.S. An experienced hiker and guide, Hannah enjoys sharing her passion with guests on the trail and uses her vacation time from her career in the investment business to guide trips. She and her two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers try to get out and Nordic ski or hike every day!

Death Valley Walking Tour Guide Glenn Polochko
Glenn Polochko

Glenn Polochko grew up in the Bronx and acquired his passion for the outdoors in the Catskill Mountains of New York. As a young adult he lived in a tepee in Vermont for three years before moving to Truckee, California, in the 1970s and has never left. He has over 20 years of experience guiding hiking, biking, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing tours throughout California and Nevada.

Death Valley Walking Tour Guide Stephanie Dees
Stephanie Dees

Born and raised in Alabama, Stephanie Dees moved to California after college where her love of the outdoors lead her to guiding in Yosemite, Death Valley, Crater Lake, Lassen, Pt. Reyes, and Lake Tahoe, and as well as becoming a Wilderness First Responder. In winter, you can find her on the slopes instructing disabled snow sport enthusiasts in skiing and snowboarding. She enjoys volleyball off the hillsides, either indoor or on the beach!

Death Valley Walking Tour Guide Kelly Boire
Kelly Boire

Kelly Boire has been an outdoor guide and educator for over a decade. After receiving her degree in botany, Kelly moved to the Lake Tahoe area and began her career as a naturalist. However, her passion for the southwest was sparked by living in New Mexico for three years where she grew to love the wild landscapes. As a professional guide Kelly enjoys inspiring our guests to explore, discover, and have fun on the trail.

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