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Death Valley National Park

Gasp at the vast beauty of one of Earth’s most extreme environments and see how many lizards you can count along the way.

Death Valley National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

1. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a visit to Death Valley. Sample local treats and visit top secret Area 51. See ghost towns of the Wild West, and famous Zabriskie Point. Stop at remote Area 51 Alien Center. Keep watch for top secret military aircraft flying training runs nearby. Work up an appetite and visit Death Valley Nut and Candy Company. See the ghost town of Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Enter Death Valley, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Head out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked, then take off to Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where the highest-ever temperature was recorded. Ask the park rangers questions or pick up a souvenir. Finally, visit Badwater Basin, with the lowest elevation in North America (282 feet below sea level) and then Zabriskie Point. Snap a selfie in the 150-mile-long park, a swirl of colors in the background.

Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience all the beauty of Death Valley National Park without dealing with its intense heat. Hop into your car and open up the modern GPS-friendly tour app on your phone to begin your self-guided journey through the exotic badlands of this park. Once you’ve downloaded the app, your trip will begin at Death Valley Junction, just a short way outside the park itself. As you drive, you’ll get acquainted with some basic facts about safety in such an extreme climate. You’ll also hear about the unfortunate miners who gave this place its name. Take a detour to Dante’s View, offering incredible vistas of the valley’s lowest point. Past that you’ll come to an iconic scenic drive at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, which shows off some of the area’s strange and beautiful badlands. Up next is Zabriskie Point, a phenomenal place to watch the sunrise. Then, it’s on to the oasis of Furnace Creek, where the valley’s hottest-ever temperature was recorded. Reach the Golden Canyon Trail, one of the park’s most popular hikes. Beyond that is the captivating landscape of Artist’s Drive, home to brilliantly colorful rock formations. See Devil's Golf Course, a seemingly endless field of salt crystals that pop under the sun. Pass the Natural Bridge Trail, offering a look at a rocky bridge formed by erosion. Finally, arrive at Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation point in North America, with the park's famous salt flats.

Death Valley NP Full-Day Small Groups Tour from Las Vegas

3. Death Valley NP Full-Day Small Groups Tour from Las Vegas

Spend the day touring one of the most extreme desert environments at Death Valley National Park on a full-day tour that lets you escape the hectic streets of Las Vegas. Tour in a small group for a more intimate and personal experience and see one of the most unique landscapes on earth. You will witness the spectacular highlights of Death Valley, located east of the Sierra Nevada. Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh terrain, it offers superb photo opportunities of rocks that are over a billion years old and have been carved and teased into extraordinary formations by the weather of millennia. Gasp in awe at the sheer size, and see the astounding natural features of a desolate national treasure. You will visit the famous Zabriskie point, taking a stunning scenic drive through Artist’s Pallet. Stop at Bad Water, located 280 feet below sea level and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you tour, and keep well-hydrated for the extreme temperatures. At Furnace Creek Visitor Center browse the Death Valley Gift Shop for some unique souvenir gifts, before heading back through the Mohave Desert in time for some good old fashioned Vegas nightlife!

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

4. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo-guided jeep tours to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay, visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink, and red sandstone park. Here, enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire while your guide tells you stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, stop at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty of this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park(Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2,000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Stroll around Zion National Park's enchanting walks and hikes—suitable for every fitness level. Walk around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can listen an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion, head to Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion, along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views. The canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Tuck into a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Then set up camp in a full-service campground with hot showers, a swimming pool, hot tub, and Wi-Fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. Here, snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Then, camp along the rim of Monument Valley in another full-service campground with hot showers and Wi-Fi, casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Your lodging option is in the world-famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, opt for an optional helicopter ride for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. If this isn't for you, stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Listen to your guide's interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before enjoying plenty of time to relax and enjoy its beauty. Then, drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday)Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Trip w/ Stargazing & Wine Tour

5. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Trip w/ Stargazing & Wine Tour

Take in the highlights of Death Valley's desert landscape on an all-day guided hike with free hotel pickup from Las Vegas. Taste wine during a tour of a local winery and stop to take in incredible views of the sunset and the starlit sky. While Death Valley is home to the world's hottest recorded temperature, start your hike in the afternoon when the weather is cooler. Kick things off with a refreshing wine tasting tour in Pahrump, the biggest wine producer in Nevada. Head toward Death Valley National Park to explore scenic viewpoints, such as Dante’s View, a Star Wars filming location. Next, visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. After taking pictures of these spectacularly memorable locations, stop at the Ranch at Furnace Creek. As nightfall approaches, venture toward Zabriskie Point to catch the ultimate sunset, followed by a chance for stargazing at the breathtaking night sky. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to view the constellations and, if you are lucky, the Milky Way galaxy. Even after being dropped off at your hotel in Las Vegas, enjoy memories of your hike for years to come thanks to the photos taken by your guide that you will have access to download.

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

Start your day early as you travel from your hotel in Las Vegas to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Walk in the dunes and snap some beautiful photos. Head towards the Badwater Basin Salt Flats, which is famous for being the lowest point in North America. Continue to Artist’s Drive for a scenic 9-mile drive through incredible canyons and colorful mountains that will take about 40 minutes with a stop at Artist’s Palette where you can hike to get up close and personal with the amazing colors caused by volcanic minerals. Travel to Zabriskie Point to view sweeping Martian-like landscapes for about 20 minutes. Finally, visit Dante's View, near the edge of the Black Mountains to get views of southern half of the national park.

Death Valley: Full–Day Tour from Las Vegas

7. Death Valley: Full–Day Tour from Las Vegas

Stand at the entrance to Death Valley for your first exploration and photo stop on this amazing adventure. Look down on the old ghost town of Rhyolite, a long-abandoned gold mining community and the set for many movies and documentaries. Drive down a beautiful winding highway, and enter the center of Death Valley from the east, a strange world of endless desert, vast valleys, harshly sculpted peaks, garish colors, superbly adapted plants and animals, all visible expressions of geologic time reckoned in millions of years. Capture the view of the valley from Hell's Gate, well above the valley floor. Visit Badwater, 282 feet below sea level. Enjoy views and stops at Zabriskie's Point, the Devil's Golf Course, the Furnace Creek Museum, the Salt Lake, the Sand Dunes and Artists Pallet. The majestic mountains, colorful canyons, volcanic craters and salt pinnacles all make this trip a photographic sightseer's dream come true. 

From Vegas to San Francisco: 7-Day National Park Tour

8. From Vegas to San Francisco: 7-Day National Park Tour

Join this action-packed 7-day adventure leaving the bright lights of Vegas to take in the world-famous National Park destinations nearby, whether you decide to lodge indoors or camp outside.  Day 1: Zion National Park & Bryce National Parks  Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. This is a photographer’s paradise. Stroll around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, Weeping Rock and visit the interpretive Human History museum. After a full afternoon in Zion, you will head to Bryce Canyon. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views for park visitors. Day 2: Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon & Monument Valley  Head on over to Lake Powell with an optional visit to Antelope Canyon and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the way to the Navajo Indian Tribal Land. Hop aboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley. Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Follow the mighty Colorado River through the Painted Desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - The Grand Canyon. Stroll along the rim, take a hike into one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafes and admire the magnificent view before heading back to the bright city lights of Las Vegas. Camping guests will stay in a hotel in Las Vegas. Day 4: Death Valley National Park Heading to California this morning you will embark on a guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and short walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt Flats, Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Devil’s Golf Course, and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. After a picnic lunch, you will drive through spectacular scenery to the old Gold Rush Historic town of Bishop for your night stop. Day 5: Tioga Pass* to Yosemite National Park Crossing the Tioga Pass this morning provides an extremely scenic route passing by highlights such as Olmsted Point, Lake Tenaya, Tuolumne Meadows, and Mono Lake en route to Yosemite Valley. * Weather permitting- In the event that the Tioga Pass has closed this tour will route through Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. Day 6: Yosemite National Park - Full Day Spend a full day exploring the walks offered in the park. There are countless walks ranging from easy to strenuous or opt for a guided tour with your expert guide to the premier panoramas such as Bridalveil Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, views of Half Dome and El Capitan. Day 7: Yosemite to San Francisco Today you will journey to City by the Bay-Your 7 day adventure concludes with a fully guided city tour of this vibrant city.

From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

9. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17 Mile Drive/Carmel or Solvang/San Francisco Depart north from Los Angeles up the spectacular California coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Summer:Head north to the world-famous 17 mile drive (part of route #1), where you will get to see the spectacular California coast line up-close. After your visit, head to the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town before heading onto Silicon Valley for an overnight. Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport Winter:Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Enjoy the Danish-style architecture while browse in the local shops and restaurants. After our lunch break, we head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach our hotel for overnight. Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport    Day 2: San Francisco - Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown Today, understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that will take in all the city’s famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Your tour will end with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn.   Day 3: Modesto - Yosemite Summer Route: Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls and Half Dome to continue for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls. Winter Route: Start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row. After your tour, depart to the south for a visit to the world-famous Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, tour the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th-century. In the evening, drive south towards Las Vegas. Overnight at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 4: Stevenson Ranch - Las Vegas Today’s route is east through the dessert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow, which is filled with all the famous brand names like, Levi’s, Nike, Reebok, Timberland, Ralph Lauren and more. In the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some of the truly amazing hotels and fantasies that are built in the middle of the desert such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island and more. Finish off the evening at one of the many shows or try your hand at one of the many casinos - who knows, maybe lady luck will be smiling on you tonight. Overnight: Linq Hotel. Day 5: Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell  Start the day traveling southeast through the desert and through the Navajo Indian Reservation before you come to the South Bank of one of the seven wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Tour along the south bank and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River carved its way down to the sea and created the wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Overnight – Quality Inn View of Lake Powell.   Day 6: Antelope Canyon - Bryce Canyon After breakfast, depart for the Lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. This tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain, wind, and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times).  After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab. Overnight: Days Inn. On certain departures, the tour will continue to Cedar City for an overnight at the Comfort Inn, Cedar City.  Day 7: Zion Park - Las Vegas After breakfast, head into Zion Park. This park got its name from the Mormons that settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience, the majesty of the mountains and silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park, before leaving this amazing area for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas. Option for a late night return to Los Angeles.  

From Las Vegas: Death Valley Trekker Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Death Valley Trekker Tour

Explore the beauty of the Death Valley National Park on this day trip from Las Vegas. Ride in a comfortable, all-terrain vehicle to the park's unique hotspots like Badwater and Zabriskie Point. Savor a mouth-watering dinner or lunch on your adventure.   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Las Vegas. Lean back in reclining leather captain seats on the drive an enjoy cross compartment A/C and 15-inch DVD players on the drive. Gaze out of the large, tinted windows at the views on the smooth drive.  Ride through “Hell’s Gate” for breathtaking views of Death Valley. Stop at the Badwater Basin and experience being 282 feet below sea level in the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Take pictures of the dizzying views of the hilly badlands at the Zabriskie viewpoint.  View the bright green Area 51 Alien Center and feel the desolation of the Rhyolite Ghost Town. Return to your accommodation in Las Vegas at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Death Valley National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 442 reviews

A great opportunity to see most of the west coast in a limited span of time. The itinerary covers several of the must-visit sites, the hotels were not the best quality but justifies the price paid for, the tour bus was new and comfortable, the tour guides are knowledgeable and helpful. We have done extensive research before going to this trip and this tour combo is so far the best there is.

Great trip for solo travellers or families. Travel time is broken up really well. Guides are so knowledgeable and take you to all the key spots. More time in Zion would be better as the hikes are amazing so if you can do the 7 day tour then I would encourage that one, alternatively book a separate 2-3 nights there.

I had a great time on the trip. However I was told to meet at the library at 6:30 am, but the bus came at 8:30. I found someone who was told the same thing. We called her agency who confirmed 8:30. That is something that needs to be corrected in your itinerary.

Definitely worth it. You will see many amazing national parks that would be difficult to visit in 7 days otherwise. The only drawback is that you will ride the bus a lot of the time (several hours a day at least).

Very knowledgeable guide and great tour. The duration of the tour is perfect to take it easy and not have to rush.