7608
Nevada/California
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. 7608RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orienation, Welcome Dinner
Las Vegas, NV
D
DoubleTree by Hilton

Activity note: Please remember to bring your National Park Pass, hiking poles small backpack and a refillable water bottle.

Afternoon: 3:00-5:00 pm - Arrive and check-in at Hotel Lobby.

Dinner: Dinner catered by the DoubleTree Hilton, including entree, salad, vegetables, and a beverage.

Evening: Welcome, introductions and orientation. Followed by an introduction to Death Valley in the hotel meeting room.

DAY
2
Valley of Fire Hiking
Las Vegas, NV
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton

Activity note: Hikes in Valley of Fire are mostly short, 1 mile round trips. Plan on hiking 2 to 4 miles today.

Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:45 am - DoubleTree Hilton Breakfast Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Depart for Valley of Fire. Desert ecology lecture on the bus. Explore the unique formations and view fascinating petroglyphs!

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Enjoy the brilliant landscape on short hikes/walks to include White Domes, Mouse Tank and Atlatl Rock.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner at Bellagio Hotel. Ranked top buffet in Las Vegas.

Evening: Free time

DAY
3
Death Valley National Park, Zabriske Point, Badwater Basin
Death Valley National Park
B,L,D
Furnace Creek Ranch

Activity note: Zabriskie Point is an overlook 1 mile or less. Badwater Basin is an easy hike of 3 to 4 miles.

Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:45 am - DoubleTree Hilton Breakfast Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out 8:00 am - Depart and travel to Death Valley National Park. We arrive in Death Valley and enjoy a lunch stop at Zabriskie Point overlooking a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands.

Lunch: Box Lunch

Afternoon: After lunch explore Badwater basin, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. After viewing a beautiful, colorful sunset check into the Furnace Creek Ranch, a hotel nestled against the Funeral Mountains in the heart of Death Valley.

Dinner: Dinner at Wrangler's Steakhouse

Evening: Free Time

DAY
4
Titus Canyon, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Mosaic Canyon
Death Valley National Park
B,L,D
Furnace Creek Ranch

Activity note: Titus Canyon is a 3 to 4 mile hike into a slot canyon. At Mesquite Sand Dunes we'll give you some free time to explore, plan on 1 to 2 miles. Mosaic Canyon trail is a moderate 1.5 to 2 mile round trip.

Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:25 am - Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 7:30 am - Depart to hike Titus Canyon with it's rugged mountains and spectacular slot canyon. We'll then proceed on to explore the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. These dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including the Star Wars series.

Lunch: Lunch at Stovepipe Wells

Afternoon: After lunch hike Mosaic Canyon walled with both mosaic conglomerates and smooth marbleized rocks.

Dinner: Dinner at 49ers Cafe

Evening: Free Time

DAY
5
Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, Ubehebe Crater, Star Gazing
Death Valley National Park
B,L,D
Furnace Creek Ranch

Activity note: Golden Canyon/Gower Gulch is a moderate 4 mile round trip hike. Ubehebe Crater trail is a moderate 1 to 2 mile hike around the rim.

Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:45 am - Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 8:00 am - Depart to hike the Golden Canyon/Gower Gulch Loop Trail. This canyon is full of fabulous colors and rock formations with each turn and twist.

Lunch: Lunch at Furnace Creek Ranch.

Afternoon: After lunch hike Ubehebe Crater a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and 1/2 mile across.

Dinner: Dinner at 49ers

Evening: Board bus and depart for Star Gazing at Zabriskie Point. Our instructor will present a short Astronomy lecture and then we'll view the stars. Death Valley National Park harbors some of the darkest night skies in the world. The International Dark-Sky Association has designated Death Valley National Park as a "Gold Award Dark Sky Park". (http://www.darksky.org/night-sky-conservation/dark-sky-parks)

DAY
6
Natural Bridge, Salt Creek Marsh, Harmony Borax Works
Death Valley National Park
B,L,D
Furnace Creek Ranch

Activity note: Natural Bridge trail is a 3 mile easy hike up a narrow canyon. Salt Creek Marsh is a 1/2 mile interpretive trail.

Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:45 am - Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 8:00 am - Depart for exploration of Death Valley's Natural Bridge Canyon. This is a short hike on a gravely wash. The trail is actually an ancient flood channel, as evidenced by the large boulders strewn along the way. This is the largest of 14 natural bridges found in the Park. Depart for "Devil's Golf Course" an immense area of rock salt eroded by wind and rain into jagged spires. So incredibly serrated that "only the devil could play golf on such a rough links."

Lunch: Lunch at Furnace Creek Ranch.

Afternoon: After lunch learn about the fascinating human history, 20 mule teams, Borax Works and Borax Museum. Hike through the palm grove to visitor center.

Dinner: Closing dinner at Furnace Creek Inn. Dress code for dinner is “resort attire.” T-shirts or tank tops are not appropriate.

Evening: Free Time

DAY
7
Depart for Las Vegas, Program Concludes
Las Vegas, NV
B

Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:45 am - Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 7:45 am - Check out and bring luggage to bus. Depart for Las Vegas, arriving Las Vegas Airport at 11:30 am.