Death Valley National Park: A Women’s-Only Hiking Adventure

Alongside other supportive and spirited Road Scholar women, join experts to learn about unique rock formations, local ecology and ancient petroglyphs as you hike these stunning parks.
Program No. 23880RJ
7 days
Starts at

At a Glance

With other women who love the outdoors, hike along the diverse palette of colorful rock formations as you discover Death Valley National Park and the Valley of Fire. Study geology, ecology and human history through lectures, daily walks and hikes with geologists, field experts and newfound friends. Learn about the picturesque scenery while our instructors teach "on the go" and you enjoy the fellowship of this women-only adventure.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Hiking up to two miles per day over varied terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn why the sun-lit rocks inspired the park's name "Valley of Fire," as you admire fascinating petroglyphs.
  • Discover a world of sand dunes, rugged canyons and landscapes carved from primeval rock in Death Valley.
  • Build camaraderie as you conquer hikes to Badwater, White Dome, Mouse Tank, Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch and more with other active women.

General Notes

For a version of this program for both men and women, see "Hiking Death Valley National Park and the Valley of Fire" (#7608).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Practical Geologist
by Dougal Dixon, Raymond Bernor
This book is a great introductory guide to the basics of geology. Great diagrams, pictures and is well written.
A Trip Through Death Valley's Geologic Past
by Kenneth E. Lengner
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.
Mojave Desert Wildflowers
by Jon Mark Stewart
Field guide to 80 of the most common flowers of the Chihuahuan, Mojave and Sonoran deserts.
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest
by Meg Quinn
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest, Meg Quinn, 2000. A field guide to common desert wildflowers.
Deserts, National Audubon Society Nature Guide
by James A. MacMahon
A comprehensive field guide, fully illustrated with color photographs, to the wildflowers, birds, reptiles, insects and other natural wonders of North America's deserts.
An Introduction to the Geology of Death Valley
by Michael Collier
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.

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