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California/Nevada

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.
Program No. 7608RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,549
California/Nevada

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.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,549
Length
7 days
Rating (4.88)
Starts at
2,549
Program No. 7608RJ

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Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Dec 4 - Dec 10, 2022
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2,549
Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (2)
DATES & starting prices
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Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Dec 4 - Dec 10, 2022
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3,199
Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (13)
DATES & starting prices
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Nov 6 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

Hikes on OUTDOOR: NO SWEAT departures are shorter, totaling approximately 2 miles in length over the course of the day on varied terrain.

Nov 13 - Nov 19, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Jan 22 - Jan 28, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Feb 5 - Feb 11, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Feb 12 - Feb 18, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Feb 19 - Feb 25, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Mar 5 - Mar 11, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Dec 3 - Dec 9, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (13)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 6 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Itinerary Note

Hikes on OUTDOOR: NO SWEAT departures are shorter, totaling approximately 2 miles in length over the course of the day on varied terrain.

Nov 13 - Nov 19, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Jan 22 - Jan 28, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Feb 5 - Feb 11, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Feb 12 - Feb 18, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Feb 19 - Feb 25, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Mar 5 - Mar 11, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
3,739
Dec 3 - Dec 9, 2023
Starting at
3,739

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 30-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 per day over varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet. 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 13 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.
  • Hike Badwater, White Dome, Mouse Tank, Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch and more.
Featured Expert
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Dan Krupicka
Dan Krupicka is a 24-year resident of the St. George area, having moved here from Salt Lake City Utah, his home for 23 years. A geologist with an Engineering Consulting Company, he works mainly with soil and groundwater issues, as well as on geological engineering projects. In the Salt Lake area, he previously worked with mining exploration and oil and gas companies. When he isn’t working, Dan enjoys hiking, biking and golf — all of which can be easily enjoyed in Southern Utah.

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

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Dan Krupicka View biography
Dan Krupicka is a 24-year resident of the St. George area, having moved here from Salt Lake City Utah, his home for 23 years. A geologist with an Engineering Consulting Company, he works mainly with soil and groundwater issues, as well as on geological engineering projects. In the Salt Lake area, he previously worked with mining exploration and oil and gas companies. When he isn’t working, Dan enjoys hiking, biking and golf — all of which can be easily enjoyed in Southern Utah.
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Maggie Francke View biography
Maggie Francke has worked 43 years as a nurse during which time she also raised a family. The first half of her career was spent working in various hospital departments. The last half she worked in home health and hospice, and mainly hospice the last 10 years. Now her days are so filled, she wonders how she ever had the time to work so much. She spends her time hiking, biking, gardening and going to yoga five times per week.
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Dixie Krupicka View biography
Dixie Krupicka is a long-time resident of Ivins, Utah. She is from Salt Lake City where she received a degree in recreational therapy at the University of Utah. She worked for Intermountain Health Care for 30 years in an inpatient psychiatric unit. Currently, she is a private consultant for skilled nursing facilities in the Southern Utah area. She spends her summers at a cabin in the Uinta mountains. She is an avid hiker, biker and reader.
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Phil Moore View biography
Phil Moore is currently an adjunct professor of Geology at Dixie State University. He has been involved with the Southern Utah University Geology Field Camp for several years. Phil taught Earth science for public schools in Hurricane, Utah for 28 years, he is also a semi-professional musician along with his wife Lori, who is also a Road Scholar Group Leader.
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.
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.
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest
by Meg Quinn
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest, Meg Quinn, 2000. A field guide to common desert wildflowers.
Mojave Desert Wildflowers
by Jon Mark Stewart
Field guide to 80 of the most common flowers of the Chihuahuan, Mojave and Sonoran 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.
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.





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