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Hiking Death Valley National Park and the Valley of Fire

Program Number: 7608RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/16/2012 - 11/21/2012; 10/27/2014 - 11/1/2014; 11/17/2014 - 11/22/2014; 1/12/2015 - 1/18/2015; 1/24/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/2/2015 - 2/8/2015; 2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/7/2015; 3/7/2015 - 3/13/2015; 10/26/2015 - 11/1/2015; 11/9/2015 - 11/15/2015; 11/15/2015 - 11/21/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Price starting at: $986.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Tread the sands of time to discover Mother Nature’s diverse palette of colorful rock formations in this stunning corner of the desert Southwest. Among layers that span every major geologic era, find history hidden in the rocks. Study geology, ecology and human history through lectures, daily walks and hikes with geologists and other experts in their fields. Travel in our own comfortable Road Scholar 32 passenger bus with an upgraded video/audio system allowing our instructors to teach while "on the go."




Highlights

• Learn why the sun-lit rocks inspired the park’s name “Valley of Fire,” as you view fascinating petroglyphs.
• Find a world of sand dunes, rugged canyons and landscapes carved from primeval rock in Death Valley.
• Hikes include visits to Badwater, White Dome, Mouse Tank, Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, Mesquite Dunes, Grotto Canyon, Mosaic Canyon, Ubehebe Crater, Willow Canyon and Zabriskie Point.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to five miles daily over uneven terrain. Shorter hikes on "active" weeks.




Date Specific Information

10-27-2014, 11-17-2014

2014 departures are 5-nights duration, with 3-nights inside the park
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1-12-2015, 1-24-2015, 2-23-2015, 3-1-2015, 3-7-2015, 10-26-2015

2015 departures are 6-nights duration, with 4-nights inside the park.
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2-2-2015

2015 departures are 6-nights duration, with 4-nights inside the park. We will offer shorter hikes and a more leisurely pace on this departure which is in the "active" activity level category.
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11-9-2015, 11-15-2015

2015 departures are 6-nights duratuion, with 4-nights inside the park.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Las Vegas, 2 nights; coach to Death Valley, Furnace Creek, 3 nights (4-nights in 2015); coach to Las Vegas, departure.



Coordinated by Dixie State University.




Valley of Fire State Park

The oldest state park in Nevada was established in 1935 and is named for its huge red sandstone formations dating to the age of the dinosaurs. The park is home to fine examples of rock art left by ancient Anazasi people who inhabited the nearby Moapa Valley for centuries and may have visited the Valley of Fire for hunting and religious ceremonies.



Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, a place of unexpected contrasts, is also one of subtle beauty. From the blush of dawn's light across its badlands to the awe-inspiring red-gold sunsets and the riot of color from spring wildflowers, this great national park covering over 3.3 million miles offers fascinating history and nature's splendor in large servings.



Las Vegas (Nevada)

Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Between the world-class entertainment and gambling on “The Strip” and the region’s amazing natural resources including beautiful Red Rock Canyon it is clear why people love this desert community.



Accommodations
Las Vegas: Non-casino hotel, close to strip. Death Valley NP: Furnace Creek Ranch Resort, located inside the park with recently remodeled rooms, in a western themed ranch setting.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Darrell McMahon

Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than three decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife biologist, entomologist and habitat biologist. In addition to teaching college courses in geology and natural history, Darrell has taught at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University the past seven years and has knowledge of natural history, forest ecology and wildlife.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Alexis Park Resort
  Las Vegas, NV 2 nights
   Furnace Creek Ranch
  Death Valley National Park 3 nights
 Alexis Park Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Welcome to the Alexis Park All Suite Resort, one of the most exciting resorts in Las Vegas. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is the premiere all-suite, non-gaming resort in Las Vegas. Unrivaled in its Las Vegas Strip proximity (directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel) the Alexis Park All Suite Resort features all the hotel amenities along with casual boutique hotel services. From the moment you arrive at this oasis in the sun, you will experience all that makes Alexis Park All Suite Resort a special place to stay. Here, you’ll love strolling through the lush courtyard gardens surrounded by winding pathways that lead you to three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, the privacy and convenience of a tropical oasis with immediate easy access to all that Las Vegas has to offer.
  Contact info: 375 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169 USA
phone: 702-796-3300
web: www.alexispark.com
  Room amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Resort was the first non-gaming resort property in Las Vegas. With a long history of boutique experiences and guests, the hotel has been providing quality hotel service and hosting events in Las Vegas for several decades. Guests may stroll beautifully landscaped gardens to access a variety of relaxing and stylish choices in accommodations. Boasting 10 uniquely different floor plans and guest amenities to suit a variety of hotel stays, our guests can count on a comfortable and memorable Alexis Park Hotel experience. All of our Las Vegas hotel rooms are two room suites providing guests with spacious accommodations and privacy along with amenities for both Extended Stays and Last minute Getaways alike. All Hotel Suites at the Alexis Park Las Vegas include: Two Telephone Lines Wet Bar Refrigerator 32" Flat Screen with Pay Per View Movies WIFI Availability for a fee Exercise Room Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Available All Guests of Alexis Park have access to Room Service, Guest Services, Free Safe Deposit Boxes and Business Center Services
  Facility amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Las Vegas Resort is your oasis in the sun. Here, you'll enjoy walking along the lush courtyard garden pathways that lead you to our three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, tropical landscaped grounds and FUN....LOTS OF IT. Resort Amenities include: Three Sparkling Swimming Pools Exercise Room Alexis Gardens Restaurant Pegasus Bar & Lounge Room Service Meeting & Banquet Service Las Vegas Comedy Showroom Free Airport Shuttle
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $70.00 for dbl, $64 for single Based on availability, participants can book 3 days prior to program start date and/or 3 days after program end date at contracted suite price of $90 per night double occupancy or $65 per night single occupancy.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Furnace Creek Ranch
Type: Inn
  Description: The Furnace Creek Ranch is family oriented 224 room facility situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This resort presents a complete contrast to the desolate desert landscape and consists of an oasis 18-hole golf course (the world's lowest course at 214 feet below sea level), four restaurants, a saloon, a cocktail lounge, retail outlets, a Borax Museum, spring-fed swimming pools, tennis courts, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, massage therapy, a 3,000 foot airstrip, a service station and conference and banquet facilities for 10 - 120. (Some services are available only on a seasonal basis.) Furnace Creek Ranch Resort is the perfect vantage point from which to explore Death Valley National Park!
  Contact info: Furnace Creek Village Rte 190
Furnace Creek, CA 92328 USA
phone: 760-786-2361
web: www.furnacecreekresort.com
  Room amenities: Rooms have views of the beautiful surroundings, nicely decorated. Wireless internet access available for a fee.
  Facility amenities: On site restaurants, adjacent to the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center and Borax Museum. Warm springs fed swimming pool and wireless internet access available for a fee.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check out time: 3:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel conference room at 4:00 pm. You will be staying at Alexis Park Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Las Vegas Intl Airport at 11:00 am (Pacific Time) You will be staying at Furnace Creek Ranch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking for the week is provided at Las Vegas hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Las Vegas, NV
  Nearest city or town:  In Las Vegas
  Nearest highway: I-15
  Nearest airport:  McCarran Intl, Las Vegas
  From End of Program
  Location: Las Vegas, NV
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Las Vegas, NV

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
DSC Road Scholar Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

   

Our tour bus will deliver you to the airport or arrival hotel on the final day.

 

Las Vegas

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Alexis Park Resort Shuttle
phone: 702-796-3300

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complementry
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2.5 miles

   

The Alexis Park Hotel Shuttle departs every hour on the hour from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. Please call hotel when you arrive in baggage claim. Shuttle picks up at Zero Level. Before or after hours take Belltrans Shuttle which runs 24 hours per day. They are located outside door 9 of the baggage claim area. Look for the "Bell Booth". (Cost is $7.00 subject to change)

 
Driving Directions
  The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is easy to find: From Southern California - Take Interstate 15 from the California State border into Las Vegas and exit onto E. Tropicana, turn left on Koval and right onto E. Harmon Avenue. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on the right side. From Southern Utah (St. George) - Take Interstate 15 South into Las Vegas and exit onto E. Flamingo Road, turn right on Koval and proceed to E. Harmon Avenue. Turn left onto E. Harmon Avenue and the Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on the right side. From Northern Nevada (Tonapah) - Take Highway 95 South into Las Vegas and proceed to Interstate 15 South to Exit 39 on E. Flamingo Road. Right onto Koval and proceed to E. Harmon Avenue, turn left onto E. Harmon Avenue and the Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on the right side. From Northern Arizona (Kingman via Boulder City, NV) - Take Highway 93 North through Boulder City, NV and into Las Vegas. Take Highway 215 West to Highway 15 North. Exit E. Tropicana and turn left onto Koval and proceed to E. Harmon Avenue. Turn right on E. Harmon Avenue and Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on right side. From Las Vegas Airport - Exit Airport traveling north on Paradise Road. Travel one mile on Paradise and turn left on E. Harmon Avenue Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on left side.
Elevation Note: We travel from 2200 ft in Las Vegas to over 5500 ft. We walk/hike to see the natural beauty.

Equipment Requirements: There is not any special equipment required for this program but we suggest broken-in walking shoes/hiking boots with good tread.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive, check in, welcome and orientation
(Friday, November 16)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00-4:00 Arrive and check-in
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Welcome, introductions and orientation. Followed by an introduction to Geology in the hotel meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Alexis Park Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to the Valley of Fire for hiking among colorful rocks and unique formations.
(Saturday, November 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast.
 Morning: Travel with your geologist to the Valley of Fire. Explore the unique formations and view fascinating petroglyphs!
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Enjoy the brilliant landscape with the geologist on short hikes/walks to include White Domes, Mouse Tank and Rainbow Vista.
 Dinner: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 pm - Desert Ecology Class - "From Seeds to Kidneys".
   
Accommodations: Alexis Park Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Death Valley National Park/Hike Badwater, Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop
(Sunday, November 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast.
 Morning: Check out 8:00 am - Depart and travel to Death Valley National Park. Hike Badwater, then travel to Mormon Point to see Shoreline Butte and Split Cindercone.
 Lunch: Box Lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch explore Sidewinder Canyon, a unique slot canyon in the Black Mountains of Death Valley. 3:30 pm - Presentation, "Bird Brains to UFOs" by Darrell McMahon. Then travel to Zabriskie Point to view a spectacular sunset.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Furnace Creek Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Scotty's Castle & Borax Museum
(Monday, November 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast.
 Morning: 8:10 am - Depart and travel to Scotty's Castle. Enjoy a living history tour of this fascinating land mark! After tour hike Ubehebe Crater and Mosaic Canyon.
 Lunch: Box Lunch at Stovepipe Wells.
 Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a short hike on an Alluvial fan. Learn about the fascinating human history, 20 mule teams, Borax Works and Borax Museum. Hike through the palm grove to visitor center. 4:00 pm - Presentation by Darrell McMahon, "Let's Get Wild".
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Furnace Creek Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Stovepipe Wells & Grotto Canyon.
(Tuesday, November 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast.
 Morning: 8:00 am - Depart for exploration of Death Valley's Natural Bridge and learn about the ecology of desert plants and animals.
 Lunch: Box Lunch
 Afternoon: Enjoy exploring Willow Canyon, our best chance to see Big Horn Sheep.
 Dinner: Closing Dinner at Wrangler's Steakhouse. Wrangler's Steakhouse provides table-service and a western steakhouse menu, consisting of chicken, seafood and a variety of specialty steaks. Full cocktail service, espresso service and a selection of California varietal wines are also offered.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Furnace Creek Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Depart for Las Vegas.
(Wednesday, November 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: 8:00 am Depart for Las Vegas, arriving at Las Vegas Airport at 11:30 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Las Vegas, NV A Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas
**PLEASE NOTE: There is very little free time during this program. The free time options noted here are helpful if you plan to spend additional time before or after the program. This is a great resource for accurate information about Las Vegas. You will find details about activities and a calendar of events. There are so many options and variety of things to do in Las Vegas that we could not list all of the items here under free time so please use the Chamber of Commerce as an additional resource. Thanks! :-) The items we have listed below indicate where they are located. We have also made a note telling you which monorail stops to get off on. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to get there on your own. For additional information, visit www.lvchamber.com
  Adventuredome Theme Park (Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park)
America’s largest indoor theme park features 21 rides and attractions. Easily accessed by using the Monorail and getting off at the Sahara Station. You can access the following from this stop. Sahara Resort Casino with 95,000-square-foot casino, four restaurants and the NASCAR Cafe, which includes the Las Vegas Cyber Speedway and state-of-the-art roller-coaster SPEED-The Ride. Accessible Hotels Stratosphere Circus Circus Accessible Attractions Adventuredome Theme Park Circus Acts Guinness World Records Museum High Roller Coaster and Big Shot Stratosphere Observation Decks Wet ‘n Wild Water Park For additional information, visit www.adventuredome.com
  Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
If you have time to sightsee, this is an extraordinary place to go! A 13,573 square foot, indoor, glass-domed garden abounding in fragrance just beyond Bellagio's lobby. Exotic plants and flowers highlight every season and holiday. Do not miss the evening outdoor Bellagio Foutains and light show all set to music. Be sure to stroll into the lobby to see the stunning display of hanging blown glass flowers! Accessible via the Monorail use the Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com
  Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art located in the Bellagio. Home to touring exhibitions of fine art from around the world. Currently on display "Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" The displays change frequently, so check prior to arrival for current display. For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com
  Museums in Las Vegas
***The Wynn Collection of Fine Art The private art collection of Steve and Elaine Wynn. The Wynn Collection consists of 19th and 20th century European and American masterpieces. Displayed are more than a dozen works from eight legendary masters, including Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso It is accessible via the monorail then get off at Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station ***The Tomb and Museum of King Tut (Luxor Hotel and Casino) View an exact replication of the tomb of Egypt's most famous king. This is accessible by taking the monorail and get off at the MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Luxor. ***Imperial Palace Auto Collection (Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino) Home of the world-famous Imperial Palace Auto Collection which has over 150 antique, classic and special-interest automobiles on diplay and for sale daily. You can get there by taking the monorail to Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station. ***Guinness World Records Museum The wacky, weird and wonderful museum brings the Guinness Book of Records to life with color videos, hands-on displays and assorted oddities. Open daily. You can get there by taking the monorail to the Sahara Station. ***Casino Legends Hall of Fame (Tropicana Resort and Casino) Offers the largest collection of Nevada casino and entertainment memorabilia ever assembled. You can get there by taking the monorail and get off at the MGM Grand Station. ***Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (Bellagio) Home to touring exhibitions of fine art from around the world. One example of works they have displayed is "Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston." Check to see what is currently on display. You can get there by taking the monorail and get off at the Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station.
  NEW! Las Vegas Monorail
A monorail system launched operations in July 2004. Linking seven stations over four miles to eight resorts and the Las Vegas Convention Center, the sleek monorail provides a quick and comfortable ride through the heart of the resort corridor and offers a great way to explore Las Vegas! Access their web site for a route map and all of the exciting options available at each monorail stop. One ride is $3 or you can purchase multiple ride passes. This is the fast and easy way to see Las Vegas highlights without the walking or the traffic. For additional information, visit www.lvmonorail.com
  Paris, Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas immerses visitors in a complete Parisian experience in this 2,916-room resort. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica which soars 50 stories into the sky. Its observation deck offers a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Valley. For additional information, visit www.paris-lv.com
  Recreation and Tours
(This information is from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.) The Las Vegas area is a paradise for all kinds of recreational and sightseeing activities. Dozens of verdant and challenging golf courses beckon the golfer twelve months a year. Lake Mead's deep blue waters and 550 miles of shorelines are enjoyed by boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and people hoping to hook a trophy fish. The Colorado River offers unforgettable white water rafting. For hiking, rock climbing and outdoor photography there's Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston. Skiers love Mt. Charleston and the many other ski slopes within a short drive of Las Vegas for their winter fun. Day tours to the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Death Valley are what memories are made of. And Hoover Dam isn't called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" for nothing. ***Las Vegas is home to Nellis Air Force Base and the mighty Thunderbirds precision flying team. Just north of Las Vegas near Nellis Air Force Base is the finest motor sports facility in the world: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR's "Las Vegas 400" and a host of other world class motor racing events. For sports fans, there's AAA baseball with the Las Vegas Stars, PGA and LPGA tournaments, and the always-popular UNLV Rebels!" ***Scenic Airlines Since 1967, air and ground tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite and Bryce Canyon. Call 800-634-6801. *** A Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours Grand Canyon Tours, Helicopters, Las Vegas Shows, Rafting, Weddings, 2 for 1 night flights, Canyon Landings and more information at www.papillon.com *** A Rebel Adventure Tours Hummer off Road Adventures, Jet Skiing, White Water Rafting, Goldmine Adventures, Grand Canyon Hummer Tours - 1-800-817-6789. More resources availbale by calling the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce at (702) 735-1616.
  Sightseeing Attractions
***Sirens of TI (Treasure Island at The Mirage) Sirens lure a band of pirates in this 20 minute musical with swordplay, pyrotechnics and high-diving acrobatics at the hotel’s front entrance. Monorail accessible via: Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station ***Cinema Ride (Forum Shops at Caesars, Caesars Palace) 3-D Motion Simulator Adventures, including - Atlantis Submarine Race, Galactic Flight, Haunted Graveyard Run, Runaway Coasters and the new "Ski Ride" by Warren Miller. Monorail accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station ***Circus Acts (Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park) World-renowned live circus acts free daily. Monorail accessible via: Sahara Station ***Eiffel Tower replica (Paris Las Vegas) Take an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica which soars 50 stories into the sky. Its observation deck offers a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Valley. Monorail accessible via: Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station ***Festival Fountain Show (Forum Shops at Caesars, Caesars Palace) A free animatronics show where the statues come to life in a seven minute show featuring fire, steam, lasers, sound effects around a 50,000-gallon aquarium. Monorail accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station ***Flamingo Wildlife Habitat (Flamingo Las Vegas) The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat features Chilean flamingos, African penguins, ducks, swans, pheasants, quail, turtles, Koi and goldfish. Monorail accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station ***Flyaway Indoor Skydiving Experience body flight in an indoor wind tunnel. The fee includes training, equipment rental and simulated skydive. 200 Convention Center Drive Monorail accessible via: Las Vegas Convention Center Station ***Fountains of Bellagio (Bellagio) More than a thousand fountains dance in front of the hotel to music ranging from Pavarotti to Sinatra. Water soars as high as 245 feet in the air. Monorail accessible via: Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station
  Sightseeing Attractions #2
~~~Stratosphere Observation Decks (Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower) From ground level you’ll arrive at the observation decks in less than 30 seconds. Double-decker elevators travel at speeds of 1,800 feet per minute. Indoor and outdoor decks. Also includes High Roller Coaster and Big Shot. The High Roller Coaster, the highest coaster in the world, wraps itself around the crown of the Stratosphere the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The Big Shot takes off at the base of the Stratosphere needle and shoots 160 feet in the air and freefalls back down. Monorail accessible via: Sahara Station ~~~IMAX Theatre (Luxor Hotel and Casino) Watch movies shown on a 68 foot tall screen - NASCAR 3D, Ocean Wonderland 3D, Adrenaline Rush, Haunted Castle 3D. Monorail accessible via: MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Luxor. ~~~In Search of the Obelisk (Luxor Hotel and Casino) A motion simulator ride through an ancient, newly discovered pyramid. Discover the mysteries and powers of the ancient world in a motion film made exclusively for Luxor. Accessible via: MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Luxor. ~~~Lion Habitat (MGM Grand Hotel and Casino) This one-of-a-kind lion habitat is home to several African lions and cubs. 35- foot glass walls offer guests maximum viewing capabilities. Accessible via: MGM Grand Station ~~~Shark Reef (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) Takes visitors on a journey to an undersea ocean. Features more than 2,000 dangerous and unusual animals representing 100 different species from the world’s most tropical waters. Accessible via: MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Mandalay Bay.
  Sightseeing Attractions #3
~~~The Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat (The Mirage) The Secret Garden is home to six rare animal breeds including the royal white tigers, white lions and a four-ton elephant. The Dolphin Habitat adjacent to the garden offers an educational tour of Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins. Monorail accessible via: Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station ~~~Star Trek: The Experience (Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino) Interact with live actors on U.S.S. Enterprise re-creation, battling aliens in space in a motion simulator. Accessible via: Las Vegas Hilton Station ~~~The Volcano at the Mirage (The Mirage) In the center of a lagoon filled with waterfalls and palm trees, the 54-foot volcano at the resort’s entrance erupts every few minutes after dusk, spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the water. Accessible via: Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station ~~~Wet 'N Wild Water Park Over 16 acres with more than a dozen rides, including flumes, slides and floats for all ages. Open daily May through September. Accessible via: Sahara Station ~~~White Tiger Habitat (The Mirage) Siegfried & Roy's rare and exotic white tigers can be viewed free of charge. Accessible via: Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station
  Various Places to Shop
~~~Desert Passage located behind the Aladin Hotel Casino Here, you can visit 140 unigue and specialty shops and 14 restaurants including Commander's Palace. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: MGM Grand Station. ~~~Fashion Show Mall Over 200 stores including a new Nordstrom and a new Bloomingdale’s Home, as well as expanded stores from Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Robinsons-May, Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s. Located across from Treasure Island on the Strip at Spring Mountain Rd. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station ~~~Forum Shops at Caesars (Caesars Palace) More than 100 specialty shops and restaurants including Versace, Gucci, Escada, Valentino, FAO Schwarz, The Palm, Wolfgang Puck's Spago, and The Cheesecake Factory. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station ~~~M&M'S Academy (Showcase Mall) M&M's World is a four story interactive shopping and retail complex that features thousands of original M&M's Brand merchandise. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: MGM Grand Station ~~~Showcase Mall A specialty retail and entertainment center with a movie theater, M&M’s World/Ethel M’s Chocolates store, and Everything Coca-Cola store. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: MGM Grand Station
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Trip Through Death Valley's Geologic Past


Author: Kenneth E. Lengner


Description: This is a chronological trip through the geological history of the Death Valley region. It departs from the typical geological history by anchoring the text to a series of rock samples, dating from an estimated 2.5 billion years old to the present. Numerous photographs of rock samples and historical photos are used to delve into the past. An enlightening and entertaining trip through Death Valley's geological past for geology enthusiasts.



An Introduction to the Geology of Death Valley


Author: Michael Collier


Description: Captures the drama of the processes that are constantly changing Death Valley's landscape. Michael Collier creatively weaves an account of Death Valley's one-hundred-and-fifty-year mining history into the one-and-a-half-billion-year geologic history of the valley. Through his writing and his perceptive observations of a slowly evolving landscape, there emerges a fresh perspective on Death Valley.



Death Valley A Scenic Wonderland


Author: Steven L. Walker, Dorothy K. Hilburn


Description: A brief history of early inhabitants, fourty-niners, geography, geology, flora, fauna, miners, Scotty's Castle and the National Park. Beautiful photographs highlight the geological, geographical and historical history of Death Valley.



Death Valley: Images of America


Author: Robert P. Palazzo


Description: Robert P. Palazzo, Death Valley scholar, evokes here in vintage imagery a stark, barren, desolate wasteland that gradually became one of the West's most iconic destinations. This book includes an extensive collection of rare photographs that shows Death Valley's geological features, notable personalities, industries, mysteries and tourism. This book is a rare visual record of Death Valley.



Deserts, National Audubon Society Nature Guide


Author: James A. MacMahon


Description: A comprehensive field guide, fully illustrated with color photographs, to the wildflowers, birds, reptiles, insects and other natural wonders of North America's deserts.



Mojave Desert Wildflowers


Author: Jon Mark Stewart


Description: Field guide to 80 of the most common flowers of the Chihuahuan, Mojave and Sonoran deserts.



Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest


Author: Meg Quinn


Description: A field guide to common desert wildflowers. $9.95



The Practical Geologist


Author: Dougal Dixon, Raymond Bernor


Description: This book is a great introductory guide to the basics of geology. Great diagrams, pictures and is well written. $16.00





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Plus these special experiences...

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And included with all Road Scholar programs:


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