Trip Overview

Explore Death Valley National Park in 2021 with AdventureWomen! Hike to high peaks, walk along the lowest point in the United States, visit ghost towns, explore canyons, and take in spectacular sunrises and sunsets all while enjoying comfortable hotels to round out each active and adventurous day.

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the US, but the extremes offer striking contrast and spectacular scenery. As you start your adventure, you’ll get to know your hiking guide, who will help you discover this unusual national park. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way! Enjoy a small group size and all single rooms on this domestic outdoor adventure.

Leaving Las Vegas, stop at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge as you drive towards Death Valley. You’ll get to learn about the refuge’s life-sustaining springs, home to the world’s rarest fish, the devil’s hole pupfish. Take a stroll on the Crystal Springs boardwalk, admiring the strikingly blue water that bubbles out of the ground at 87 degrees. Explore a ghost town, which was founded, peaked in population, and was abandoned within 12 years. Round out your first day with a hike into the dunes to enjoy a peaceful Death Valley sunset and sit down to a welcome dinner with your fellow Adventure Women.

Continue learning about the geology of the area in the Titus Canyon narrows. Marvel at the rock stratifications formed over millions of years as you enjoy this four-mile hike. Explore the Ubehebe Crater and hike along the rim for more spectacular views. Be sure to keep your eyes open for seasonal wildflower displays as you travel through the park.

The next day, set out for your biggest hiking challenge of the week, Wildrose Peak in the towering Panamint Range. Weather-permitting, you’ll start your hike at about 7,000 feet and hike up to the summit of Wildrose Peak at 9,064′. Don’t worry – you’ll go slowly with your group, encouraging each other and enjoying the scenery along the way. The view at the top is nothing short of stunning. Get some rest because you’re up early the next morning to take in sunrise from Zabriskie Point. Spend a day hiking in the Golden Canyon before kicking up your tired feet by the spring-fed pool at your hotel. Lace up those boots one more time for a hike on Badwater Basin. This saltwater flat is the lowest place in North America and the Panamint Range provides a dramatic backdrop, rising over 11,000 feet off to your west.

Your week concludes with a spectacular farewell dinner to match a spectacular week. Wish each other a bon voyage, appreciating the camaraderie, the moxie, and the shared laughs that will be recounted and remembered often in the years to come.

Main Attractions

  • Explore Death Valley National Park, known for its extremes
  • Hike to the top of Wildrose Peak at 9,064' and on the bottom of Badwater Basin at 282' below sea level
  • Take in spectacular Death Valley sunrises and sunsets
  • Learn about the geology and natural history of this unique area

What You'll See and Do

  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Sightseeing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Death Valley
Welcome to Death Valley National Park! Your outdoor playground for the week is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the US, but the extremes offer striking contrast and spectacular scenery. Dunes give way to fields of wildflowers and towering peaks counter the lowest point in the United States. Explore the Park on many different hikes, learning about the geology and history of the area along the way.

During your Death Valley adventure, you’ll get to know your hiking guide, who will help you discover this unusual National Park. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) before 8:00am. You may want to arrive a day early so you’re not pressed for time this morning. You will be picked up at 10:00am at the Hyatt Place Las Vegas Paradise Hotel. (The Hyatt has a free shuttle from the airport every 30 minutes from 4:00am-1:00am and is not far from the strip by taxi).

Leave Las Vegas and drive towards Death Valley. Stop along the way at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll learn about this unique desert refuge’s life-sustaining springs and the endemic devil’s hole pupfish, the world’s rarest fish.  Walk along the Crystal Springs boardwalk to see the stunning azure waters bubbling out of the ground at 87 degrees. (Hiking: 1 mile)

Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Point of Rocks. Take an optional walk after lunch if you’d like. Head to Rhyolite, a ghost town originally founded during a gold boom in 1904. The town grew to have a population of thousands, but by 1916 it was abandoned. Continue your drive to Death Valley National Park and head into the dunes on a two-mile hike in the sand to enjoy the waning rays of sunlight.  (Hiking: 2 miles)

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner this evening at your hotel. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore more of Death Valley!
Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Stovepipe Wells Hotel

Day 2

Stovepipe Wells
Continue your geological exploration of the area with a visit to the Titus Canyon narrows. Head out on a four-mile hike along a gravel road and marvel at the rock stratifications that were formed over millions of years. You might even see the elusive chuckwalla, a lizard with a unique defense mechanism – it can inflate itself in the cracks of rocks to deter predators. (Hiking: 4 miles)

Enjoy another picnic lunch before exploring the 600-foot-deep Ubehebe Crater, formed by a massive volcanic explosion that occurred when molten rock hit shallow ground water and turned the water to steam. Admire the view from one spot or join your guide for a hike along the rim for more views along the way. (Hiking: 2 miles)

Make your way back to your hotel, keeping a lookout for seasonal wildflower displays along the way.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Stovepipe Wells Hotel

Day 3

Stovepipe Wells to Furnace Creek
Check out of your hotel, lace up your boots, and head to the towering Panamint Range. If the weather cooperates, your starting point will be at 7,000 feet of elevation. Hike to the summit of Wildrose Peak (9,064’) where you’ll discover a view that is nothing short of stunning, displaying the varied landscape below. (If the weather doesn’t permit this hike, you’ll do a different hike with excellent views). (Hiking: 8 miles, 2,500-foot elevation gain)

After your hike, check in at your hotel. You’ll have some time to shower and change before a well-deserved dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: The Ranch at Death Valley

Day 4

Furnace Creek
Rise early to take in the sunrise from Zabriskie Point. The warm morning light will slowly illuminate the badlands and the Panamint Mountains. Head back to Furnace Creek for breakfast.

Head out on foot through the multi-hued walls of Golden Canyon towards the Red Cathedral rock formation. Continue beneath Zabriskie Point and down into the badlands region of the Park, passing Manly Beacon. This hike will take most of the day and will involve some scrambling using your hands and feet – it’s nothing that requires technical skill, just more points of balance! (Hiking: 6 miles, 1,100-foot elevation gain/loss)

Take the afternoon to relax and perhaps check out the spring-fed pool at your hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own at your hotel, the adjacent upscale Inn, the local saloon, or simply order some takeout!
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: The Ranch at Death Valley

Day 5

Furnace Creek
Stop at the Devil’s Golf Course where you can admire the rugged salt formations in this part of the valley floor. The area is named because it would be a nightmare to try to find a golf ball here. From there, drive to Badwater to see the spring-fed Badwater Pool, home to unique plant and insect life as well as a hearty snail species. Take a walk on Badwater Basin, a saltwater flat at 282 feet below sea level. This is the lowest place in North America and the 8th lowest spot on earth. The Panamint Range provides a dramatic backdrop, rising above 11,000’ to the west. (Hiking: 4 miles)

Enjoy lunch on your own and perhaps relax by the pool this afternoon.

Take in one last Death Valley sunset at the spectacular Artist’s Palette, a pastel collection of volcanic ash in the badlands. The warm fading light of day brings out the green, pink, and purple hues of the minerals.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends at the elegant Inn. Reminisce over all the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular area.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: The Ranch at Death Valley

Day 6

Depart Death Valley
On your way from Death Valley back to Las Vegas, stop at Death Valley Junction, site of the famous Amargosa Opera House. Marta Becket stopped here while touring the west and in the span of a few hours decided to move from New York and take over the dilapidated theater to perform a one-woman show. Since she was never guaranteed an audience in such a remote location, she took several years to paint an eclectic group of spectators on the walls of the theater. Check out the award-winning documentary Amargosa to learn more of this unusual story.

Make a second stop at the China Ranch date farm to enjoy a picnic lunch and enjoy a date milkshake. You’ll arrive in Las Vegas and be dropped off at the Hyatt Place Las Vegas Paradise Hotel at about 3:00pm.

Depart from Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) after 6:00pm or plan to extend your trip a day or two to continue exploring.
Breakfast, Lunch

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Death Valley



Arrival and Departure Information

March 7th Departure:

Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) before 8:00am on March 7, 2021. You’ll be picked up at the Hyatt Place Las Vegas Paradise Hotel at 10:00am on March 14th, so you may want to come in one day early.

Depart Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) after 6:00pm on March 12, 2021 or plan to extend your trip a day or two.

March 14th Departure:

Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) before 8:00am on March 14, 2021. You’ll be picked up at the Hyatt Place Las Vegas Paradise Hotel at 10:00am on March 14th, so you may want to come in one day early.

Depart Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) after 6:00pm on March 19, 2021 or plan to extend your trip a day or two.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

March 7th Departure Final Payment Due Date: December 7, 2020

March 14th Departure Final Payment Due Date: December 14, 2020

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary in single rooms
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation as listed in itinerary
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure days
  • All park fees
  • All activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional, experienced hiking guide
  • Ample snacks throughout the trip

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Las Vegas
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Stovepipe Wells Hotel

Stovepipe Wells Hotel provides authentic western comfort in the vast landscape of Death Valley. Enjoy the outdoor pool with covered lounge area and take in breathtaking views of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and surrounding mountain ranges.

Amenities: Coming Soon

The Ranch at Death Valley

This former working ranch has been transformed into the perfect home base for exploring Death Valley National Park. Enjoy the classic town square with towering date palms and savor drinks and dinner at the Last Kind Words Saloon, which seems straight out of a western movie. The refreshing spring-fed pool is a nice way to cool off during the heat of the day.

Amenities: Coming Soon

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686