Adventures Afoot in Death Valley

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

March 8, 2015 through March 13, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 per person double occupancy; $550 single supplement for Furnace Creek Ranch

$3,590 per person double occupancy; $995 single supplement for Furnace Creek Inn

Deposit

$500 per person

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Death Valley National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

March 8-13, 2015

Only 6 spots remain!

Explore the diverse sights in Death Valley as you travel in the company of a former Death Valley National Park Ranger, Frank Ackerman (your Study Leader) and his son, Fred (your Tour Manager) who was born there in 1974. It’s a truly unique park and a unique opportunity to experience it with two people who’ve spent years in the region educating visitors.
   
In addition to visiting the beautiful canyons, panoramic vistas and more within the park, you’ll learn more about the dramatic geology and remarkably hardy flora and fauna. Frank will also present some of the challenges including important decisions weighing the competing drives to preserve and exploit the area.

We’ve timed the tour for mid-March to optimize the chances of being there for the spring wildflower bloom. In addition, the group will be staying at the lush oasis at Furnace Creek Resort where you can choose to stay at the Furnace Creek Ranch or upgrade to the elegant & historic Furnace Creek Inn.

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

Natural Wonders

Death Valley National Park features magnificent panorama views at over 11,000 feet, the Badwater Salt Flat at 282 feet below sea level, and the Ubehebe Crater created by a powerful volcanic explosion.

Dark Skies

In only one of three International Dark Sky Parks in the National Park System you will be greeted by some of the darkest night skies in the United States. You have the opportunity to look up and see the universe the way everyone could 100 years ago.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Las Vegas, Nevada

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

March 8: Arrivals Las Vegas, Nevada

Arrive in Las Vegas at your leisure today and meet at the DoubleTree hotel for a brief orientation at 6:00 pm followed by a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. DoubleTree Las Vegas (D) 

March 9: Rhyolite Ghost Town and Salt Creek 

This morning we will make our way to Death Valley National Park. En route pass by the controversial Yucca Mountain on the Nevada Test Site and stop at the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada. Later visit Salt Creek and learn about the amazing pupfish, endemic to Death Valley and uniquely adapted to survive in the desert’s harsh environment. You’ll also have a chance to tour the park’s recently renovated visitor center. Furnace Creek (B,L,D) 

March 10: Harmony Borax Works, Dante’s View, and Golden Canyon 

Tour Harmony Borax Works and learn about the mining history of borax, or “white gold of Death Valley.” Experience Dante’s View located at 5,475 feet in elevation and take in a stunning panorama of all 11,049 feet of Telescope Peak. This afternoon we will hike through the multi-hued walls of Golden Canyon toward the Red Cathedral, lit by the afternoon sun. Furnace Creek (B,L,D) 

March 11: Ubehebe Crater, Scotty’s Castle, Mosaic Canyon and Dunes 

Marvel at Ubehebe Crater, the site of a massive volcanic explosion which has left a pit in the earth over 500 feet deep and a half a mile across. Visit Death Valley Ranch or “Scotty’s Castle” a beautiful, Spanish-colonial style mansion constructed in the 1920s. Explore Mosaic Canyon and hike to the water-polished stratifications of Noonday Dolomite marking millions of years of geological history. Furnace Creek (B,L,D) 

March 12: Badwater and Artist’s Palette 

At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Salt Flat is the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth lowest place on Earth! The dramatic depth is enhanced by the backdrop of the Panamint Range rising over 11,000 feet in elevation. Learn about the creation of the park’s many alluvial fans, the product of millions of years of sporadic yet constant erosion. This afternoon relax in the spring-fed waters of the hotel pool, before a visit to the pastel-colored Artist’s Palette. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Furnace Creek Inn. Furnace Creek (B,L,D)

March 13: Zabriskie Point and Amargosa Opera House 

Wake just before dawn and depart for sunrise at Zabriskie Point and watch the sunlight illuminate the Badlands and Manly Beacon. En route to Las Vegas visit the Amargosa Opera House, the passionate creation of a dancer and artist, Marta Becket. (B,L)

Note: All days and times are approximate and subject to change upon confirmation. Tour activities may change due to weather conditions or logistical availability of special guests.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 per person double occupancy; $550 single supplement for Furnace Creek Ranch

$3,590 per person double occupancy; $995 single supplement for Furnace Creek Inn

Deposit

$500 per person

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation Association is delighted to sponsor this Black Sheep Adventures trip to Death Valley National Park. Upon registering as a participant for this tour, you will receive further information from both the National Parks Conservation Association and Black Sheep Adventures.

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Lodging Info

Furnace Creek Resort

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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