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Death Valley Family Biking: California's Desert Wonderland

United States

from $1,998* per person 4 Days February-April
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Airport near las vegas, nv, united states
  • Active & Adventure trips
Death Valley's extreme environment can be pretty tough - when you're a plant or a critter. But for your family, it's a cinch to simply soak up the beauty of it all. Rocks in colors that rival any artist's palette. Vistas that morph with every angle in the light. Wildlife, from road runners to diminutive fish found nowhere else on earth. Graceful Sahara-style sand dunes. And an elegant oasis at Furnace Creek Inn, complete with gourmet cuisine and a shimmering spring-fed swimming pool. With Backroads, life in Death Valley couldn't be sweeter.

  • Hike among rock formations that look like Neapolitan ice cream
  • Relish in the peacefulness of the desert
  • Zabriskie Point, with an extraordinary panoramic view of the Panamint Range
  • Kids take in the desert scenery on horseback
  • Spectacular Mosaic Canyon, where marble fragments are fused to the narrow rock walls

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  • Family oriented trip.


Day 1 Scotty's Castle, a flamboyant Moorish-style hacienda featuring an indoor waterfall, 18 fireplaces and a pipe organ. What's that shimmering in the distance? The Great Salt Flats play tricks on your eyes as you ride to Mud Canyon on mostly level terrain.

Day 2 Spectacular Mosaic Canyon, where marble fragments are fused to the narrow rock walls. Hike amid the hidden wonders of the park, from a smooth water-carved canyon to a desert oasis frequented by wildlife. Adults bike through badlands to Hell's Gate Pedal past graceful sand dunes surrounded by the Panamint Mountains. Our hotel's spring-fed swimming pool invites a refreshing afternoon dip.

Day 3 Amble among rock formations that look like Neapolitan ice cream. Kids saddle up for a morning horseback ride while adults bike to Badwater, the lowest point in the United States at 282 feet below sea level.  Witness the mesmerizing mirage of a sandy beach on the giant Salt Playa.

Day 4 Hike to Zabriskie Point, the park's most celebrated vista spot. Take in the amazing panorama of the Panamint Range, including Telescope Peak and the badlands' yellow sandstone. Look for ancient lava flows in the Black Mountains to the south.

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