Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 7am at our host hotel located in Henderson, Nevada (approx. 20 minutes from Las Vegas). A brief orientation ensures we're all prepared before we load into our private van and set out for Death Valley National Park, the largest national park in the contiguous United States. We drive to the far northern corner of Death Valley where we explore the ghost town of Rhyolite. Afterward we’ll be fitted for our bikes and begin our ride through the desert to Furnace Creek. We take in our first spectacular views of this vast national park and catch glimpses of the salt flats and sand dunes as we drop nearly 3,000 ft in elevation. After reaching our campground at Furnace Creek, we venture out onto the nearby Mesquite Flat dunes for our first memorable Death Valley sunset. We settle into our comfy camp for the next six nights. Lunch and dinner included.
Cycling: 31–49 miles, Elevation gain/loss: between +1,084'/-4,886' and +3,228'/-7,025'.
After breakfast and climbing between three and seven miles of undulating roads (depending on rider desire), we reach the high point of our ride: Towne Pass (4,956'). From the pass we enjoy the fantastic panoramas and rush of a fabulous downhill descent to Panamint Springs. This afternoon, we hike to Darwin Falls, a lovely spring-fed waterfall located in the middle of the desert. Our trail meanders through an oasis of cottonwoods and willows, and includes some easy rock scrambling and stream crossings. We shuttle back to Stovepipe Wells in our van in time to freshen up before dinner tonight. All meals included.
Cycling: 40-60 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +3,205'/-3,416' and +5,342'/-3,416'. Hike (optional): 2 miles, minimal elevation gain/loss. Driving time: 1.5 hours.
If the smell of brewing coffee doesn't wake us up this morning, the French toast definitely will! We'll enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our guides before our wheels hit the road. Today's ride will take us north on a steady and scenic climb along the eastern edge of the valley. We end our ride with a fun downhill before shuttling back to Furnace Creek where we'll relax while our guides prepare dinner. If you're not completely wiped from today's ride, take some time to stargaze before heading to your tent tonight, it doesn't take long to see just why Death Valley earned its Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park Status. All meals included.
Cycling: 42 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,863'/-1,053'.
After a hearty breakfast, we will load up the support vehicle and shuttle to Ubehebe Crater, a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and half a mile wide. We'll take a nice, short loop hike around the rim of the crater to stretch our legs before some rewarding cycling miles. Hop back in to the saddle and cruise on a mostly downhill ride back to Furnace Creek. End your ride with a cool dip in the pool or a refreshing shower before dinner in camp. All meals included.
Cycling: 60-69 miles, Elevation gain/loss between +958'/-3,765' and +2,999'/-5,809'. Hike (optional): 1.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 500'. Driving time: 1.25 hours.
Take a break from the saddle today and explore a few new spots on foot. Our guides will shuttle us out to scenic spots such as Dante’s View for gorgeous views and a short walk and Salt Creek where we can learn about the unique desert pupfish. This afternoon, enjoy some relaxing down time and a little pool time at the nearby Oasis at Death Valley Resort. Breakfast and Lunch provided. Breakfast and lunch included.
Hike (Optional): 1.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: minimal. Driving Time (Optional): 2 hours.
After breakfast we settle back onto our bikes and ride from camp to some of Death Valley’s best highlights. We tackle the challenging climb up Artist Drive to Artist’s Palette where the reward comes in the form of a 9-mile patchwork of multicolored hills. Next, we venture onward to Zabriskie Point, one of the most famous viewpoints in the park. Tonight, we gather back in camp for a celebratory dinner on this final night of our journey together. All meals included.
Cycling: 33 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 3,013'.
Our memorable and last ride day leads us to iconic Badwater Basin. At 282 feet below sea level, it’s the lowest point in North America. Our route is a dramatically scenic one as it slices through a landscape flanked by multi-hued geological formations that reflect dusty pinks, sea greens, ashy purples and moody browns. In springtime, roadside meadows are dotted with colorful wildflowers that add more pops of color to the surroundings. We walk out to explore the salt flats and unique salt formations and crystals formed as the result of evaporation and erosion. After a short break, we will push on toward Ashford Mill Ruins, the site of an old gold processing facility and kiln, where we savor a tasty picnic lunch prepared by our guides. Those looking for some additional climbing can continue up the road that leads out of Death Valley. We’ll pick you off the road so that time allows for the return trip to Las Vegas with a planned arrival time of 4:30pm. Please do not schedule a departing flight from Las Vegas prior to 6:30pm. Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 46 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,366'/-1,247'. Driving Time: 2.5 hours.