Minimal driving throughout the day; multiple short transfers. Hiking approx. 6.5 miles total during group activities throughout the day: hiking about 4 miles roundtrip at Titus Canyon, relatively easy uphill grade on a gravel road in a narrow canyon; walking at Mesquite Sand Dunes according to personal preference; deep sand during independent exploration; Mosaic Canyon Trail is about 2.5 miles roundtrip, moderately difficult terrain.
At 1849 restaurant enjoy a breakfast buffer that includes fruit, hot oatmeal, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, pancakes and waffles, plus coffee, tea, milk, juice and water.
We’ll then transfer by motorcoach to Titus Canyon, one of the most visited sites in all of Death Valley National Park, for a field trip along a narrow gravel road within towering canyon walls that will take us through an area of fractured, cemented and polished rock. The canyon narrows to less than 20 feet in some sections. Proceeding to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, we will have some time to explore the landscape independently. These iconic dunes have been used as a backdrop for film scenes for several movies throughout the years, including the Star Wars series.
We'll enjoy our box lunch of a sandwich, chips, cookies and fruit at a picnic area in Stovepipe Wells.
Transferring by motorcoach a short distance to the trailhead for Mosaic Canyon, we’ll go for a hike through walls of polished dolomitic conglomerates and breccia, composed of tiny angular fragments of various types of rock locked within a natural cement. Formed over millions of years of geologic faulting and erosion, Mosaic Canyon is a beautifully sculpted canyon of unique natural art showcasing stratified sedimentary and conglomerate rock formations. After our hike, we’ll return to the hotel.
We'll transfer to the Last Kind Words Saloon at the Ranch at Death Valley and order from a select menu that includes vegetarian options, steak, salmon and chicken, plus salad and dessert. Coffee, iced tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.