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Death Valley Bike Tour
Death Valley Bike Tour

The names are ominous. Death Valley. Dante's View. 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 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  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  Relish the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, featuring snow-covered Telescope Peak 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 Zabriskie Point, the park's most celebrated vista Hike through out-of-this-world rock formations resembling Neapolitan ice cream From the point, enjoy an eyeful of the spectacular Panamint Range, the badlands' yellow sandstone and ancient lava flows in the Black Mountains to the south.


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
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 24* 600 48 1200
2 17* 300 33 500 45* 1800
3 21* 0 36 3000 48 5700
4 Hiking (2.8 Miles; 1,000 feet elevation gain)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 10/16-19 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/23-26 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/30-11/2 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/6-9 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/13-16 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 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

  • 2 - 3 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $2,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,098 pp dbl. occ.


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!
Cristine Loffredo - Schenectady, NY

One of the best trips I've ever been on. I'll never forget the amazing scenery and beautiful sunsets.
Alice Ardis - 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.
Ruth Davis - 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.
Martha Jansen - 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.
Jennifer Hutchinson - Grosse Pointe, MI

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.
Sandy Seifert - San Angelo, TX

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!
Victoria Richter - New York, NY

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!!!
Julianne Vosika - 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!
Lisa Brown-Conte - 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.
Bob Brownell - Columbia, MD

So fab! Fell in love with Death Valley, Furnace Inn, our guides, the food, and of course the cycling!
Kimberly Chapman - 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.
Tom Matlack - Brookline, MA

Death Valley is gorgeous, and the rides are a blast!
Joseph Monahan - 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.
Ann Schmidt - 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!
Karen Sherman - 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.
Charles McGibbon - Clayton, MO

The beauty of Death Valley is a sight to behold. The opportunity for all levels of biking was outstanding.
Scott Haggins - Calgary, Alberta