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From Las Vegas: Death Valley Guided Day Tour

From Las Vegas: Death Valley Guided Day Tour

Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a guided tour of Death Valley in the Mojave Desert. Discover some of the area's scenic locations such as Dante's View, Badwater Basin, and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Begin your adventure with a pickup at your Las Vegas hotel and head out into the desert. Stop to explore the famous ghost towns of the Wild West era, including Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Next, enter Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Then, head out into the vast expanses of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked. Pay a visit to the 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), Artist's Palette, and then Zabriskie Point. After a day of exploration, relax on the return journey to Las Vegas, with drop-off at your hotel.

From Las Vegas: Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town Day Trip

From Las Vegas: Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town Day Trip

Embark on a day trip from Las Vegas to Death Valley. Explore a harsh landscape of dunes, canyons, and volcanic craters. Learn about the history of the area as you pass the Harmony Borax Works and Zabriskie Point. Visit the ghost town of Rhyolite, inhabited for only 12 years during the gold rush.  After pickup, drive out to Death Valley National Park with your guide. At over 3 million acres, the park is host to some of the country’s driest, hottest, and harshest conditions. Experience a unique landscape of mountains, canyons, and colorful rocks, and admire panoramic views at Zabriskie Point. Pass the Harmony Borax Works and learn about the important role the industry played in the history of Death Valley. Reach the ghost town of Rhyolite, inhabited for a short time between 1904 and 1916. Explore its now desolate buildings and infrastructure that sprung up during a gold rush boom. Enjoy stunning views over the Mojave Desert to the south as you drive out of Death Valley. Make your way back to Las Vegas, where you will be dropped off to end the day trip.

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

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and 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.

Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 40+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Death Valley in 2-3 hours. 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.

LA: SF, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas 7-Day Trip

LA: SF, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas 7-Day Trip

Day 1: LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – 17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Head north to the world-famous Route #1 where you'll get to see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Visit the town of Carmel and enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach your hotel at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN Start your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. See great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island on your way to Sausalito. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Day 3: MODESTO – YOSEMITE Summer Route: Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. After a beautiful day in the park, head to Stevenson Ranch and stay the night at the Comfort Inn and Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 4: STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS Head east through the desert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow and in the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some amazing hotels such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Stay overnight at the Harrah’s Hotel. Day 5: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – PAGE Start the day traveling through the desert and through the Navajo Indian reservation before you arrive at the south bank of the Grand Canyon. After lunch, continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Then, head to the Page and Lake Powell area for the evening where you will stay at the Quality Inn View of Lake Powell. Day 6: ANTELOPE CANYON – BRYCE CANYON Tour the 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 in the world. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (this may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab, where you will stay overnight at the Days Inn Kanab. On certain departures, the tour will continue to Cedar City for the night. Day 7: ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS Head into Zion Park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park. Arrive in Las Vegas and head towards Los Angeles for a late night.

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

Embark on an early adventure from your Las Vegas hotel to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, immersing yourself in the desert's beauty. Capture the essence of the renowned Badwater Basin Salt Flats, North America's lowest point and an absolute must-see on your journey. Venture further to the historic Rhyolite Ghost Town, a fascinating stopover filled with remnants of the past, weaving its mining history into your expedition. Continue your odyssey on Artist’s Drive, a 9-mile scenic passage winding through vibrant canyons and mountains. Pause at Artist’s Palette for a hike, exploring the breathtaking colors sculpted by volcanic minerals, a close encounter with natural artistry. Experience the enchanting vistas of Zabriskie Point, resembling a Martian landscape, captivating your senses for a thrilling 20-minute interlude. Conclude your expedition at Dante's View, gazing across Death Valley's southern expanse from the edge of the Black Mountains. Finally, take a leisurely break at Pahrump, Nevada, basking in the city lights, before the concluding ride back to your selected hotel in Las Vegas.

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions. Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

From Las Vegas: Death Valley Sunset and Starry Night Tour

From Las Vegas: Death Valley Sunset and Starry Night Tour

Discover the natural beauty of Death Valley National Park by day and night on a small-group guided tour from Las Vegas. Get picked up from your Las Vegas Strip hotel and drive to Death Valley, stopping at the entrance to take a photo with the sign. Head to Dante’s View for panoramic views of the salt pans and desert. Then, visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Enjoy a break at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Drive along Artists Drive and stop by Artists Palette to admire the colorful hillsides. Continue to Zabriskie Point for iconic views of the sunset. Afterward, head to a location free from light pollution the highlight of the tour where you can marvel at the night sky and observe the countless stars lighting it up.

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

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. Purchase 5 seats and enjoy a fully private tour. Be picked up from central Las Vegas and relax on the drive to one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Witness the spectacular highlights of Death Valley, located east of the Sierra Nevada. Home to flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh terrain. Take advantage superb photo opportunities of rocks that are over a billion years old and have been carved and teased into extraordinary formations over thousands of years of erosion.  Gasp in awe at the sheer size, and see the astounding natural features of a desolate national treasure. Visit Zabriskie point, take a stunning scenic drive through Artist’s Pallet and stop at Bad Water which is at the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and stay well-hydrated in the extreme temperatures with complimentary water. At Furnace Creek Visitor Center browse the Death Valley Gift Shop for some unique souvenir gifts, before heading back to Vegas through the Mohave Desert.

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

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.

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What people are saying about Death Valley National Park

Overall rating

4.7
(589 reviews)

This is a fast paced trip, but well worth it! We spent more time traveling than I anticipated, but the trip was very well organized and the guides were knowledgeable and personable. If you are looking for a "taste" of the west that accommodates all abilities, this is a perfect place to start.

Brian is really knowledgeable about Death Valley. The tour was great. We could see many spots in Death Valley and we had plenty of time in all of them. I recommend the tour to everyone

I really enjoyed this tour and i randomly book it. Tour guide was very nice and overall I highly recommend this tour company.

Everything was excellent! It deserves 10 stars, but there are only 5 in the application !

Amazing taste of the west. Full days with a great guide