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Death Valley Bike Tour

California's Dramatic Desert

From $2,398 - $2,648 pp dbl. occ. | 4 days / 3 nights

(+$760 for sgl. occ.)

The names are ominous. Death Valley. Badwater. Yet there's striking beauty. And opportunity for great pleasure. The rippling sand dunes. Colorful mountains. Plants and animals thriving amid topographic extremes. Now you're one of them. Savoring the views. Tackling the rides. And basking in the sun. With nothing but good omens in sight.

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California

Las Vegas, Nevada

Death Valley Biking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Explore the iconic 100-foot-high dunes at Mesquite Flat—the realm of constantly shifting dessert sands
  • Discover the eerie ghost town of Rhyolite, then bike down the valley with views of the Panamint Mountain Range
  • Hike through the shadowed contours of Golden Canyon to famous Zabriskie Point, immortalized on film
  • Bike through a mesmerizing landscape, including vast white salt flats and the lowest point in the United States
California

Las Vegas, Nevada

Death Valley Biking Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 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 | Kick back at the Inn at Furnace Creek, a natural oasis where 50 freshwater springs provide water for drinking, showers, irrigation and even the swimming pool.

Day 2 Have a look around the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center to learn about the natural wonders you'll experience during your trip | Delight in the peacefulness of the desert as you set off, marveling at sights both grand and intimate—from immense sand dunes to salt-tolerant pickleweed | Walk into the dunes and feel the vastness of the park.

Day 3 ay a visit to the ghost town of Rhyolite, a once-prosperous town site teeming with prospectors | Bike through Daylight Pass | Cycle down the valley with views of the Panamint Mountains and sand dunes in the distance.

Day 4 Ascend to Zabriskie Point, the park's most celebrated vista | Take in 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 earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $2,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,398 - $2,648 pp dbl. occ.
4 days / 3 nights

(+$760 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Inn at Furnace Creek
Inn at Furnace Creek  

Furnace Creek (3 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

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Inn at Furnace Creek

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 17* 500 34 1300
2 24* 600 48 1300
3 26 1000 38 1300
4 Zabriskie Point Hike (3 Miles; 100’ elevation gain)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($300 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($300 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Burley Cub trailer (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Burley Cub trailer

Burley Cub trailer

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Climate

Death Valley is a land of extremes. At times, weather conditions (like high winds or even the occasional rain storm) may warrant unexpected changes to our itinerary. In this event, alternate activities will be planned that you're sure to enjoy.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The Inn at Furnace Creek is a grand historical treasure and by far the best place to stay in the Death Valley. While its location within Death Valley National Park makes it an ideal base for exploring the valley's many sights, it is also subject to park regulations and oversight. Similar to many national park lodges, service at Furnace Creek Inn can seem slow and casual compared to the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Climate

Death Valley is a land of extremes. At times, weather conditions (like high winds or even the occasional rain storm) may warrant unexpected changes to our itinerary. In this event, alternate activities will be planned that you're sure to enjoy.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The Inn at Furnace Creek is a grand historical treasure and by far the best place to stay in the Death Valley. While its location within Death Valley National Park makes it an ideal base for exploring the valley's many sights, it is also subject to park regulations and oversight. Similar to many national park lodges, service at Furnace Creek Inn can seem slow and casual compared to the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.
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