Day 1 - Arrive Las Vegas, Transfer to Death Valley NP
Day 2 - Ashford Canyon & Badwater Basin
Day 3 - Willow Canyon & Harmony Borax Works
Day 4 - Titus Canyon Narrows & Scotty's Castle
Day 5 - Transfer from Death Valley NP, Depart Las VegasAccomodations:
Experience one of the United States most unique National Parks – Death Valley. Known for its vast salt flats, beautiful sand dunes, and maze-like canyons, Death Valley is a surprise discovery for most visitors. This land of extremes is home to the lowest point in the USA at – 282 feet below sea level, while off in the distance you will see the highest point in the park covered in snow reaching to over 11,000 feet.
This park is one full of dramatic vistas and vast landscapes, begging to be discovered. Each day we will hike through canyons and valleys, and over dunes, exploring the park in the moderate springtime temperatures. We’ll stay at a comfortable hotel inside the park, providing a restful place to sleep after each day’s adventure. Our breakfast and dinners are taken in local restaurants, while we will enjoy a trailside or picnic lunch each day. This adventure if designed for women who enjoy 3 – 5 hours of hiking a day and a comfortable bed at night. You’ll come home with great memories and fantastic photos of this unique landscape. Join us on the fabulous women only vacation!
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Day 1 ~ Arrival Day into Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today you fly into Las Vegas and are transported as a group to Death Valley National Park. Please plan to arrive into Las Vegas no later than 1 pm as the drive takes approximately 3 hours to our hotel in Furnace Creek. You‟ll be met in baggage claim by your guide. Upon arrival into the park, we‟ll check into our hotel and get settled in. Tonight we have our welcome dinner and will cover the week‟s itinerary in our trip orientation meeting.
Day 2 ~ Badwater Basin, Natural Bridge & Desolation Canyon
After we enjoy breakfast, we will head south from Furnace Creek to Badwater Basin to witness the Ultimate Death Valley Experience at 282 feet below sea level. Here you are walking at the lowest point in the United States. Walking across the boardwalk, we witness fresh salt crystals being formed as ground water rises to the surface; We take plenty of photos before heading to the Natural Bridge, a geological formation that arches over the canyon bottom, sculpted by erosion and shifting plates. After lunch, we head to Desolation Canyon for a hike to see broad vistas of the park and witness its colorful rock walls. En route back to the hotel, we’ll also drive along Artists Drive and by the Devils Golf Course. Tonight we dine in Furnace Creek.
Day 3 ~ Zabriskie Point, Harmony Borax Works, Salt Creek & Mosaic Canyon
Today we start towards Zabriskie Point, which affords us stellar views of the desert floor from its scenic overlook. You’ll want to bring you camera for sure. We’ll hike this loop trail in the cool morning air for approximately 2 hours before heading towards the Harmony Borax Works. Borax is used as a cleaning agent and was called ‘white gold’ in the 1800’s by the miners. It is used in glass and ceramics, as well as soap. This quick stop will give us a view of the old Borax refinery and remaining buildings to learn its unique history. After lunch, we’ll continue onto Salt Creek and walk along the boardwalk to look for pupfish, an endangered species found in Death Valley. From here, we’ll head into Mosaic Canyon, a centerpiece of geological wonder. Through erosion and mineral deposits, this canyon is known for its brilliant colored and unique rock formations. We walk through the canyon allowing plenty of time for photos before having dinner this evening in Stovepipe Wells.
Day 4 ~ Titus Canyon Narrows & Scotty’s Castle
Heading north from Furnace Creek, we’ll start the morning at Titus Canyon Narrows. This narrow canyon is known for its majestic cliffs and arched caverns. The largest canyon in Death Valley, its cool shadows allow us to hike protected from the sun. You’ll be amazed at the soaring canyon walls, rich colors, and the twisted limestone folds. After our picnic lunch, we’ll depart for Scotty’s Castle.
This Mediterranean style home is an elaborate showcase of Spanish tile and one of a kind furniture. Built in 1922, it today is a treasure of Death Valley National Park. We’ll take the tour of the home lead by guides in 1920’s period attire before enjoying our snack and heading to Ubehebe Crater. Created more than 3000 years ago when magma heated ground water to cause an explosion, today it is a unique site in the desert landscape. We’ll walk around the crater near the rim, viewing its geologic features before returning to the trailhead. After freshening up, we’ll watch the sunset before having our celebratory dinner on our final night in Death Valley at the Furnace Creek Inn.
Day 5 ~ Departure Day from Las Vegas This morning we say goodbye to the land of extremes. After breakfast, we depart for Las Vegas. This 3 hour drive should have us back at the airport by 1 pm. You’ll be dropped in the departure zone. Please plan all flights after 3:30 pm.
Day 5 ~ Departure Day from Las Vegas
This morning we say goodbye to the land of extremes. After breakfast, we depart for Las Vegas. This 3 hour drive should have us back at the airport by 1 pm. You’ll be dropped in the departure zone. Please plan all flights after 3:30 pm.
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