Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park 2014 Departures:
Round Trip from San Francisco:
- Fri, Nov 7 - Tue, Nov 11
- Thu, Nov 27 - Mon, Dec 1
- Fri, Dec 5 - Tue, Dec 9
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Death Valley National Park - 3 Days/4 Nights
Home to some of the hottest weather and driest climate, Death Valley National Park is known for extreme conditions and extreme desert beauty, with vistas stretching from Mount Whitney’s towering crags to the lowest point in North America—the salty flats of Badwater Basin. So Slip on your sun shades and strap on your hiking boots for this warm winter adventure. Prepare to explore wildly colored canyons, hike into the lunar landscape of a crater, traverse playful sand dunes, bask in natural hot springs, gaze beneath a billion desert stars, and ride the bus into the sunset!
Edward Abbey said the desert has a harshness that makes it more alluring, baffling, and fascinating than the mountains or the sea. This short journey kicks-off with some of the finest treks through Death Valley’s mysterious panorama. Head out with your new friends to explore the weather-sculpted narrows of Mosaic Canyon and the eerily denuded Ubehebe Crater, a 700-foot plunge into the remnants of an ancient volcano.
Pause for a touch of elegance and the roaring 20’s at Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley’s only mansion and a testament to one of the many charismatic desert dwellers that called this valley home.
Back in the great outdoors get to know the equally unique animals that keep the desert quietly teaming with life at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Watch for tracks of coyotes, road runners, and lizards, or jump down the sandy slopes yourself for a photographic opportunity not to be missed!
A hike along the ribboning mounds of the Funeral Mountains leads to Zabriskie Point where you can quietly reflect on your journey among the brilliantly layered badlands. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a final dip to soothe your hiker’s limbs in Tecopa Hot Springs. From the lowest to the highest, and the wind-whipped sagebrush ridges between, come experience the desert’s fascinating allure Tortoise--style. See you on the bus!
Note: Trip includes transportation, park fees and meals—an excellent value. Winter weather in Death Valley is ideal for outdoor activities but always prepare for changing desert conditions from chilly rain to blistering sun. Camping is optional; bring a tent if you prefer the crisp night air.
Note: Winter weather in Death Valley is going to be better than just about anywhere, but do come prepared with a hat and sunglasses for the days, and with warm layers for chilly nights. There will be spots to pitch a tent if you'd like to bring one. Average max/min temperatures are 24/8 °C (76/48 °F) in November, 18/4 °C (65/39 °F) in December and January, 22/7 °C (72/46 °F) in February, 26/11 °C (80/53 °F) in March, 32/16 °C (90/62 °F) in April. Average rainfall in Death Valley is 4.8 cm (1.9 inches) per year. This trip includes Tortoise transportation, park and camping fees, as well as all meals — an excellent value!
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