Death Valley Bike Tour
- Bike across salt flats to the lowest point in the United States
- Explore 100-foot-high sand dunes at Mesquite Flat
- Dramatic Hell's Gate, offering a red-tailed hawk's perspective on Death Valley
- Tackle the challenging Artist's Drive and stop for a photo of the colorful rock formations at Artist's Palette
- Relax under the palm trees at The Inn at Furnace Creek's spring-fed pool and delight in the peacefulness of the desert
California's Desert Wonderland
The names are ominous. Death Valley. Hell's Gate. Badwater. Yet there's striking beauty. And opportunity for great pleasure. It's almost as if someone wanted to keep it to themselves. Make you believe it's just a mirage. But you know better. So you soak it in. The rippling sand dunes. Brilliantly colored mountains. Isolated valleys. Plants and animals thriving amid the topographic extremes and ever-changing weather. Now you're one of them. Savoring unforgettable views. Tackling steep bike rides. And basking in the warm rays of the sun. With nothing but good omens in sight.
Day 1 Delight in the peacefulness of the desert For an excellent introduction to the natural wonders you'll experience during your trip, have a look around the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center Your first ride is highlighted by sights both grand and intimate, from immense sand dunes to salt-tolerant pickleweed.
Day 2 Bike across the giant Salt Playa to the lowest point in the United States and see if you feel any different at 282 feet below sea level Desert illusions of water might just mesmerize you Opt for a round of golf or kick back and relax at Furnace Creek, a natural oasis where 50 freshwater springs provide water for drinking, showers, irrigation and even the swimming pool.
Day 3 Dramatic Mud Canyon, with views of the great salt flats shimmering in the distance Stop in at Scotty's Castle, a flamboyant Moorish-style mansion and window into the Death Valley of the 1920s Up for a challenge? Make the climb up to Hell's Gate to relish striking desert vistas An exhilarating descent through the badlands awaits.
Day 4 Enjoy an eyeful of the spectacular Panamint Range, the badlands' yellow sandstone and ancient lava flows in the Black Mountains to the south Hike through out-of-this-world rock formations resembling Neapolitan ice cream Explore Golden Canyon, a slot canyon that you may recognize from the original Star Wars films.
The Inn at Furnace Creek
Furnace Creek (3 nights) Nestled at the foot of the Funeral Mountains, this Mission-style hotel sits almost 200 feet below sea level. (pool, tennis, golf)
Guest Reviews About This Trip
Really needed a quick, easy getaway trip. This was just what the doctor ordered! So quiet and relaxing. The biking was perfect every day and the moon and stars were absolutely glorious each night. Wish we never left!- Schenectady, NY
One of the best trips I've ever been on. I'll never forget the amazing scenery and beautiful sunsets.- London, United Kingdom
The Death Valley trip exceeded our expectations. I just thought the location would be limiting to provide a complete trip experience. I was wrong. Your leaders have a way of connecting into the subtle beauty of the place and finding ways to learn, enjoy, exercise, and adventure.- Allentown, PA
Trip Dates & Prices
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2015 CLASSIC DATES
- 10/15 - 10/18 ( $2098 per person, double occ., +$650 for single occ.
- 10/22 - 10/25 ( $2098 per person, double occ., +$650 for single occ.
- 10/29 - 11/1 ( $2198 per person, double occ., +$580 for single occ.
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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* Includes a shuttle
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $2,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,098 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.