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Death Valley Bike Tour

California's Dramatic Desert

  • 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

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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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.

Death Valley may not have been on your radar but it has much to offer. The access point is Las Vegas, which already has a lot to offer. In the Valley, there is an amazing amount of rugged landscape and surprisingly resilient life. The cycling is serene and safe, with always a beautiful view in view. The accomodations at the Furnace Creek Resort are very comforting
Mike - Edmonton

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. Read the Straight Talk

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.
$2,398 - $2,498
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(+$760 for sgl. occ.)

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Inn at Furnace Creek

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Furnace Creek (3 nights)

Nestled at the foot of the Funeral Mountains, this Mission-style hotel sits almost 200 feet below sea level. (pool)

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5.0

Tantalizing vistas in the Great Southwest - must do this!

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from Edmonton

Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

Death Valley may not have been on your radar but it has much to offer. The access point is Las Vegas, which already has a lot to offer. In the Valley, there is an amazing amount of rugged landscape and surprisingly resilient life. The cycling is serene and safe, with always a beautiful view in view. The accomodations at the Furnace Creek Resort are very comforting

 
5.0

A Fun Ride through Gorgeous Scenery

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from Oakland, CA

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Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

The variety of colors found in this desert landscape was surprising and impressive! It was even nice to get off the bike one day and hike to Zabriskie Point for some great photo-ops. With few cars on the roads and not many attractions, I chose this destination to escape from the hustle and bustle. I got exactly what I looking for, plus I was a solo traveler who made a few new friends!

 
5.0

Fun group, great guides, and an unworldly landscape!

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from Winter Haven, FL

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Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

Death Valley was my 25th trip with Backroads for a total of 161 days. Day three of my trip will definitely be ranked in the top five days of my Backroads travel. We had a ghost town tour, a nice climb on the bike, an epic downhill, an impromptu pool party, a UFO sighting, and a nice farewell dinner. Death Valley far exceeded any preconceived notion of what my experience would be.

 
5.0

360 Degrees of Desert Wilderness = Unforgettable Backdrop

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from Nashville, TN

Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

Our days in Death Valley were at times too windy, at times over 100 degrees, and at times just right, but all the time the scenery was spectacular. The well-informed guides seamlessly changed plans to accommodate the weather. The hike on the last day through the badlands was a highlight.

 
4.0

The unique environment and the Leadership make trip special

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from Chicagoland

Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

From gale force winds to stark silence and brutally beautiful landscapes, this place was once promoted as a trial trip to Hell, but it has a little bit of Heaven in it as well, for those who seek it. Leadership unparalleled and hugely enhanced my experience.. Most graciously welcoming and kind group of fellow travelers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting especially as I was traveling solo for the first time in my life.

 
5.0

Amazing, "one in a lifetime" experience!

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from Columbus, Ohio

Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

The Backroads team--Steve, Josh & Angela--were fantastic; truly, couldn't have been friendlier or more knowledgeable and helpful. The scenery was spectacular. The other guests were great; really interesting and enjoyable to be with. As its name implies, Death Valley is different; desert cycling in 90-95 heat (unexpectedly hot for March) is not the proverbial "walk in a park"; but it is a wonderful sense of accomplishment to have "conquered" these conditions, including the ascent on Day 3. It was well worth it, particularly for the unbelievable views on the Day 3 descent! The Backroads team made it possible!

 
5.0

I really liked all the procedes and the trip leaders.

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from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

I am a Brazilian operator and I really liked so much all trip. Maybe would be interesting to have one trip leader riding with the faster group and another one with slower group, both with radios, to can support anyone who could have problems or an acident. Congratulations! I really had an amazing experience with my costumer. We will never forget!

 
5.0

If you love epic riding, and extremes, trip is FAB!

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from Berkeley

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Comments about Death Valley Bike Tour:

LOVED the epic rides, and it's doable in a long weekend. There is no place on the planet like Death Valley, and biking is a great way to truly experience the landscape. Great van and route support, so rides are not as intimidating as you might think, but epic if you want them to be. Leaders were super knowledgeable about the area and really connected us to it. Well Done Backroads!

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Dates & Prices

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.

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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.

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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 1350
2 24* 600 48 1300
3 35 500 55 700
4 3 1000
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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 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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