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Explore the unmatched diversity of the largest National Park in the Lower 48: some 5,000+ square miles of eerie salt flats, velvety-looking sand dunes, crazy-stripe badlands, deep canyons, snow-tipped mountains. See the tracks of mysterious sailing rocks and bicycle past abandoned mines. Fit in a round of golf at the world's lowest elevation course, go horseback riding or just sit in the sun by the pool. The Death Valley Classic bike tour's siren-song routes are identical to the Death Valley Ranch tour. But you'll stay instead in the über-deluxe rooms at the Inn at Furnace Creek. This 4-day getaway conveniently starts and finishes in Las Vegas.
Meet us in Las Vegas. Head out to the quirky ghost town of Rhyolite. Ride over Daylight Pass, then enjoy a long downhill into Death Valley's Furnace Creek.
An elegant hideaway for more than 87 years, Death Valley's Inn at Furnace Creek is a AAA-rated four-diamond resort that pampers every guest. Spend all 3 nights here on your tour. Pedal from Rhyolite up to Daylight Pass.
Take in the view from the summit: vast, forbidding and lonely, at 4,317' of elevation this spot is the perfect introduction to Death Valley's subtle, sun-bleached hills and valleys. Enjoy the 26-mile downhill on satin-smooth roads straight into Furnace Creek, where the highest temperature in North America - 134 degrees - was recorded.
37.8 mi; +1150 ft / -5049 ft
This morning, hike into Golden Canyon and up to Zabriskie Point. Ride out to Badwater Basin for a terrific picnic lunch. Walk out onto the salt flats. Afterward, ride back to Furnace Creek. If you'd like more miles, take an option ride to Artist's Loop/Artist's Palette.
Hike into Golden Canyon this morning, through hills of sand and wind-bleached rock and up to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Death Valley. Striped folds and curves of vibrant badlands stretch as far as the eye can see. Zabriskie Point is named after the original president of the Borax Company, whose twenty-mule teams once transported borax from the mines in this region. From here, ride downhill again to Badwater Basin for lunch at the lowest point on the continent. Stroll out onto the salt flats for another amazing view. Want more miles? Ride up again - 30 miles up a 7% grade to Artist's Palette at 6,533' of elevation (ouch.) The hills are tinted an amazing rainbow of hues from oxidation in the metals in the rock. If the climb is not your cup of tea, hop in the van to head back to Furnace Creek for a splash in the spring-fed pool.
Ride to Ubehebe Crater. Hike the crater's rim, then ride to the Death Valley Sand Dunes.
Ride or van to Ubehebe Crater this morning. This astonishing crater is a giant volcanic funnel-shaped hole 600 feet deep and a half-mile across. The local Timbisha Shoshone called it by a name meaning 'Coyote's Basket.' Hike the mile and a half around the moonscape of the crater's rim. Hop back onto your the bike to ride to the Sand Dunes. You may be surprised to learn that though there is so much sand here in Death Valley, less than 1% of it is dunes. Enjoy lunch here, then ride or van back to the inn.
This last morning, bicycle to Dante’s View, one of Death Valley’s most-photographed overlooks. After a finale lunch celebration and a shower we'll take you back to Las Vegas.
Bike to Dante's View this morning. One of the best-loved spots for photography in Death Valley, the view from the rim at 5,476' offers a gigantic view of everything you've ridden, hiked and explored this week. Head back down to the inn for lunch and a shower, then we'll whisk you back to Las Vegas in time for dinner and a night on the town.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.