Hiking Death Valley National Park

Surreal golden hills, narrow canyons, salt flats and sand dunes. A history of explorers, dreamers and survivors. This is Death Valley!
Program No. 6120RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
2 Hikes, Badwater, Visitor Center
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Palmer Canyon, Night Sky
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Dante's View, Mt. Perry Hike
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Program Concludes
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At a Glance

Experience Death Valley beyond the pavement by hiking through a variety of dramatically beautiful landscapes. Explore carved scenic canyons, crystallized salt pans, ancient lake deposits, alluvial fans and sand dunes. Learn about the geology that formed these landscapes, the plants and animals that call this area home and the human history of the area. This is a unique and up-close way to understand and appreciate incredible stories of change, challenges and aspirations in one of America’s most amazing National Parks!
Activity Level
Varies by date
Outdoor Spirited: Hike 4-6 miles daily over varied terrain. For people in good health who want to explore. Elevations from below sea level to 3,000 feet. Outdoor Challenging: Hike 4-8 miles daily. For experienced hikers. Elevations from below sea level to over 5,000 feet.
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 ...

  • Hike through marble canyons and over the crests of sand dunes.
  • Visit Badwater, the lowest place in North America (282 feet below sea level).
  • Learn some of the history that made Death Valley famous and infamous!

General Notes

Enjoy a small group size of just 18 hikers. Travel in small vans and hike at your own pace! Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. If you are interested in hiking Death Valley in the fall, please refer to "Hiking Death Valley National Park and the Valley of Fire" (#7608).
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Renee Rusler
Renee Rusler was born in the Southwest. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Arizona. Renee spent 20 years as an interpretive park ranger for the National Park Service, working in arid land parks such as Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Death Valley. She is now the death valley field institute director for the Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA), which is the official non-profit partner of Death Valley National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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