Las Vegas to Death Valley Day Trip – A tour experience like nowhere else on earth.

“Death Valley is of legend… an otherworldly, special place that holds its own place among America’s stunning, treasured landscapes. It is a study in extremes – lowest, tallest, hottest, and driest.” – Death Valley Conservancy

Death Valley is the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, and certainly one of the most unusual.

Millions of years ago Death Valley was the floor of a vast sea.

To look around Death Valley is like landing on a different planet of endless desert, vast valleys, harshly sculpted peaks, beautiful natural colors. Truly an amazing experience, one you need to feel and see for yourself.

The driest, hottest climate imaginable – this is Death Valley.

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A couple poses at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center thermometer Thursday in California’s Death Valley National Park. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Miners came to this part of the Mojave Desert in the early 1800s; they found copper, lead, silver, gold, and more.

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Death Valley Borax Miner

The most famous product mined here was Borax.

Teams of twenty mules pulled huge wagons that once transported borax 165 miles across Death Valley to the nearest railhead at Mojave, CA.

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20 Mule Team pulling 2 Wagons of Borax and One Water Tank

Many gold mines and miners camps started in Death Valley and nearly all were abandoned over the past 175 years or so. Lack of water was a serious problem. This part of the Mojave Desert is immense, lonely, waterless, and they couldn’t tame it.


Your Las Vegas to Death Valley Day Trip

Our tour leaves Las Vegas at 7 am, heads northwest to a ghost town, Rhyolite, about 5 miles from the California border. Rhyolite is an abandoned Nevada gold mining town at the edge of Death Valley, and its remaining crumbling walls have been used as a set for movies and documentaries – excellent photo opportunities for you.

After we leave Rhyolite, your guide drives you over a short hill into California, on a beautiful winding highway into the center of Death Valley from the east, and you’ll continue for miles down that highway, no buildings, no water, just a long, empty desert highway headed to the center of Death Valley.

WHAT IS THE TOUR SEQUENCE FROM HERE?

There is a view of Death Valley from Hell’s Gate, a high point well above the valley floor. Then later, you’ll visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point on the continent, at 282 ft. below sea level. Time to walk out on the salt bed if you want.

There are also stops with short walks and desert views at Zabriskie’s Point. And Devil’s Golf Course is simply amazing – a short walk from the parking lot across the sharp rocky floor can take you to a small water hole about half-a-meter across. You’ll need a guide to show you where it is, though, you need to be standing right on top of it or you’ll miss it. If you do walk out on Devil’s ‘golf course’ you will have a new appreciation for your walking shoes – not for sandals, and not for sissys – you absolutely do not want to fall on the rocks.

Then Furnace Creek Museum, the Salt Lake, the Sand Dunes and Artists Pallet.

From the highway, looking across Death Valley, are the Panamint mountains. You can see Telescope Peak from almost any point – it is over 11,000 feet (3,454 meters) higher than Badwater Basin.

Colorful canyons, volcanic craters, and salt pinnacles all make this trip a photographic-sightseers dream come true.

Just like the other tour companies, we offer this Death Valley tour in fall, winter, and spring.

For the truly adventurous, we’ll take you on this Las Vegas to Death Valley day trip during the summer months, as well.

People from around the world schedule their holiday to Las Vegas during the summer months to feel the depth of this heat.

As a Las Vegas tour guide, I cannot count the number of times someone from a cold climate came with me on this tour, telling me afterward, that now, for one time in their life they truly know what it feels like to be warm.

Temperatures during the fall, winter, and spring are comfortable – and a summer day in this heat, in the heart of Death Valley, is unforgettable.

After your tour of  Death Valley from Las Vegas, you will have memories, stories – and photos – to share with your friends as you sit by the fire when the snow comes next winter.


What To Expect on Your Las Vegas to Death Valley Tour

Tour Times and Points of Interest

  • Operates Monday and Wednesday’s; or any day with combined parties of 6 or more, call for any day availability
  • Departure: Approximately 7:00 am
  • Return time:  Approximately 5:30 pm
  • Free pick up at Hotel
  • The old ghost town of Rhyolite
  • View from Hell’s Gate
  • The center of Death Valley
  • Badwater, Zabriskie’s Point, Devils Golf Course
  • Furnace Creek Museum, the Salt Lake, Sand Dunes, and Artist’s Pallet

Travel and Amenities

  • $249 per person
  • Includes Lunch, unlimited bottled water and snacks
  • Gratuity Not Included.

What to wear

  • Hiking or athletic walking shoes
  • Temperatures are cooler from October – February so long pants and a warm jacket is appropriate.
  • March – September temperatures are warm where shorts, hat, and light shirts are comfortable.

Vehicles Used (Company’s choice)

  • 7-passenger Luxury 4×4 SUV’s
  • 12-passenger VIP mini-coaches
  • 14-passenger VIP touring class mini-coaches

 


Something you should NOT Expect on Your Las Vegas to Death Valley Tour:

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Something you should NOT expect on your tour: National Park Service photo from the winter storm of 2010-2011 showing falling snow on Death Valley National Park entrance sign.

sources:
Death Valley Conservancy
Death Valley National Park
Adventure Photo Tours, Las Vegas