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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
Program No. 7608 RJ

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Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (7)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Feb 6 - Feb 12, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Feb 20 - Feb 26, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Mar 6 - Mar 12, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Dec 4 - Dec 10, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Activity Level: Outdoor: Spirited (7)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Feb 6 - Feb 12, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Feb 20 - Feb 26, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Mar 6 - Mar 12, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Dec 4 - Dec 10, 2022
Starting at
3,199
Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 13 - Feb 19, 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 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.

Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 13 - Feb 19, 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 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.

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 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.
  • Hikes include visits to Badwater, White Dome, Mouse Tank, Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch and more.
Featured Expert
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Darrell McMahon
Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than four decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife and habitat biologist, entomologist and botanist. Darrell has spent many years hiking thousands of miles through this wild landscape and has pinned his soul in the high plateaus and deep canyons of the desert southwest. Darrell has discovered many secret places in the desert southwest and loves to share these places and his knowledge with his best friends and Road Scholar participants.

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

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Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than four decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife and habitat biologist, entomologist and botanist. Darrell has spent many years hiking thousands of miles through this wild landscape and has pinned his soul in the high plateaus and deep canyons of the desert southwest. Darrell has discovered many secret places in the desert southwest and loves to share these places and his knowledge with his best friends and Road Scholar participants.
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Geology is Janice Hayden’s first love. After working as an oil and gas exploration geologist, she moved to St. George, Utah to work as a field geologist for the Utah Geological Survey. For 20 years, Janice mapped eighteen 7 ½-minute quadrangles of SW Utah that delineate geological formations, structures, soils, water resources, mineral deposits and geologic hazards. She is now full time faculty at Dixie State University and frequently leads local geology field trips, as well as field trips to Utah's national parks.
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Paula McMahon has spent a lifetime camping, hiking, backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the American West. She feels honored to share her love and passion for these special places with participants on Road Scholar programs, which she has been doing for almost a decade. Paula has also worked for 18 years as an educational paraprofessional with autistic and deaf children and is a sign language (ASL) interpreter.
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As a child growing up in Utah’s West Desert, Marcia Cooper quickly became familiar with coyotes, scorpions and rattlesnakes. She has spent most of her life in the slickrock country around Moab and Kanab. Marcia attended Dixie State College and the University of Utah and has been affiliated with Road Scholar for more than 20 years. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors is clear when she says "I do the same thing when I am working and when I am not working - hike!"
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.
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.
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.
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.





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