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Death Valley Family Bike Tour

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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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California's Desert Wonderland

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.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

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

Casual Inns

The Inn at Furnace Creek  
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)

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

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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.

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)

On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with no significant gain or loss in elevation. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the California tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.

Trip Notes

All meals included

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fees may vary based upon departure date. Please call our expert Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 for more information.

** Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.