Hiking Death Valley National Park and the Valley of Fire
Death Valley isn't as scary as it sounds. Join experts to learn about unique rock formations, local ecology and ancient petroglyphs as you hike and explore these two stunning parks.
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Program No. 7608BWQ
7 days
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At a Glance

Tread the sands of time to discover Mother Nature's diverse palette of colorful rock formations in this stunning corner of the desert Southwest. 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.'
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Outdoor: Spirited - Hiking up to five miles over varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet. Outdoor: No Sweat - Hiking up to two miles 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 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 and more.
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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.
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Paula McMahon
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John Hayden
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Janice Hayden
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Darrell McMahon
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David Boyce
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Paul Peterson
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