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.
- 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
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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|4||Hiking (2.8 Miles; 1,000` elevation gain)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 10/22-25 Price: $2298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/29-11/1 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 11/5-8 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
- 11/12-15 Price: $2298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $650 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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.
Guest Trip Reviews
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
Death Valley is a place I would have never explored. It was truly a wonderful opportunity to see something that many people never see in their lives. Backroads travel really does take you off the beaten path of life.- Boston, MA
One of the best things I enjoyed about this trip was that there were many route options each day and that you could go at your own pace and "customize" your ride. I heard other similar companies don't offer this flexibility and for me this helped make this trip amazing.- Grosse Pointe, MI
I have to admit, I'm addicted. This was my third trip and they just keep getting better (perhaps as my cycling ability improves). I thought my trip leaders on the first trip were unique, but they were not - Backroads seems to have an exceptional ability to recruit and train the best people who are perfectly suited as trip leaders (which requires a complex and well-rounded set of skills). I'm thoroughly impressed and am already thinking of my next trip as soon as I can!- New York, NY
It was a totally amazing experience, from the physical challenges (and constant encouragement), the beauty of the location, the Backroads crew and the other guests, it just rocked! I can't say enough good things.- San Angelo, TX
Backroads supplies amazing vacations, a truly admirable company clearly devoted to surfacing and training their trip leaders to work with the trip development team and support staff seamlessly and effectively. SO WELL DONE!!!- Orlando, FL
Every facet of the trip was first-class! I arrived home with that feeling of satisfaction and rejuvenation that only the best vacation experiences can yield. Thank you, Backroads! My husband and I enjoyed every single nanosecond - truly, we did!- Laguna Niguel, CA
The trip was everything I thought it would be. The leaders were exceptional. I cannot think of one thing that could or should have been done better by either of them. They were friendly, outgoing, knowledgeable, helpful, efficient and just fun to be with and Furnace Creek Inn was such an interesting place to stay.- Columbia, MD
So fab! Fell in love with Death Valley, Furnace Inn, our guides, the food, and of course the cycling!- Twinsburg, OH
Death Valley is an underappreciated place. It's amazing! The ride along Artist's Palette, the last optional ride is among the most beautiful and really should be something everyone gets to see.- Brookline, MA
Death Valley is gorgeous, and the rides are a blast!- Glencoe, IL
I had a fabulous time!! I was able to ride at my own pace and enjoy the amazing scenery. The hike to Zabriskie Point was a highlight and the swimming pool at the hotel was delightful.- Grosse Pointe, MI
I was impressed by the easygoing manner of the leaders and how helpful and in tune they were... They really created a fun and laid-back atmosphere that made this short vacation feel much longer! We were joking on the van ride back to Caesar's Palace that "mom and dad" are dropping us off; us adults felt like kids for four days because every detail was taken care of for us!- Newton Center, MA
This was a well-planned and well-executed trip... It was our first time in Death Valley. We just loved it. Furnace Creek Inn was such a nice comfortable place. The food was great too.- Clayton, MO
The beauty of Death Valley is a sight to behold. The opportunity for all levels of biking was outstanding.- Calgary, Alberta