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Death Valley Family Bike Tour
Death Valley Family Bike Tour

Death Valley's extreme environment can be pretty tough - when you're a plant or a critter. But for your family, it's a cinch to simply soak up the beauty of it all. Rocks in colors that rival any artist's palette. Vistas that morph with every angle in the light. Wildlife, from roadrunners to diminutive fish found nowhere else on earth. Graceful Sahara-style sand dunes. And a shimmering spring-fed swimming pool at The Inn at Furnace Creek. With Backroads, life in Death Valley couldn't be sweeter.

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 giant sand dunes to salt-tolerant pickleweed.    

Day 2 Bike across the giant Salt Playa to the lowest point in the U.S. and see if you feel any different at 282 feet below sea level Desert illusions of water might just mesmerize you  Cool off with a dip in our hotel's spring-fed swimming pool or opt for a round of golf.

Day 3 Dramatic Dante's View, offering a red-tailed hawk's perspective on Death Valley  For adults, it's a challenging climb to get there - more than 5,000 feet in less than 30 miles, but you can always get a lift in the van  Kids saddle up for a morning horseback ride Relish the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, featuring snow-covered Telescope Peak framed by Devil's Golf Course and the spectacular Panamint Mountains  In the mood for a fast technical descent? Get set to brave the downhill to the desert floor.

Day 4 Conquer Zabriskie Point for the park's most celebrated vista  Kids and adults hike through out-of-this-world rock formations resembling Neapolitan ice cream.

Trip Highlights
  • Delight in the peacefulness of the desert
  • Dramatic Dante's View, offering a red-tailed hawk's perspective on Death Valley
  • Bike across salt flats to the lowest point in the U.S.
  • Amble among rock formations that look like Neapolitan ice cream
  • Zabriskie Point, with an extraordinary panoramic view of the Panamint Range
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Casual Inns

The Inn at 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)

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.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 300 24* 800 48 1600
2 17* 300 29* 1800 33 500
3 21* 0 36* 3000 48 5700
Kids: horseback riding (2 hours)
4 25* 300 36* 2700
Morning hike: 2.8 miles (1000 feet elevation gain)

* Includes a shuttle

Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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

  • 2 - 3 guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $2,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $2,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,098 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

Guest Trip Reviews

Both of our kids asked to do another Backroads trip within a day of the trip ending - I don't think there is a better endorsement. It was exactly what we wanted in terms of keeping the kids active while having fun.
Chris Bock - Denver, CO