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Death Valley National Park

Gasp at the vast beauty of one of Earth’s most extreme environments and see how many lizards you can count along the way.

Death Valley National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

1. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a visit to Death Valley. Sample local treats and visit top secret Area 51. See ghost towns of the Wild West, and famous Zabriskie Point. Stop at remote Area 51 Alien Center. Keep watch for top secret military aircraft flying training runs nearby. Work up an appetite and visit Death Valley Nut and Candy Company. See the ghost town of Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Enter Death Valley, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Head out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked, then take off to 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) and then Zabriskie Point. Snap a selfie in the 150-mile-long park, a swirl of colors in the background.

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

2. 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.

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

Start your day early as you travel from your hotel in Las Vegas to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Walk in the dunes and snap some beautiful photos. Head towards the Badwater Basin Salt Flats, which is famous for being the lowest point in North America. Continue to Artist’s Drive for a scenic 9-mile drive through incredible canyons and colorful mountains that will take about 40 minutes with a stop at Artist’s Palette where you can hike to get up close and personal with the amazing colors caused by volcanic minerals. Travel to Zabriskie Point to view sweeping Martian-like landscapes for about 20 minutes. Finally, visit Dante's View, near the edge of the Black Mountains to get views of southern half of the national park.

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

4. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & 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.

From Las Vegas: Death Valley Trekker Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Death Valley Trekker Tour

Explore the beauty of the Death Valley National Park on this day trip from Las Vegas. Ride in a comfortable, all-terrain vehicle to the park's unique hotspots. Savor a mouth-watering dinner or lunch on your adventure.   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Las Vegas. Lean back in reclining leather captain seats on the drive and enjoy cross-compartment A/C and 15-inch DVD players on the drive. Gaze out of the large, tinted windows at the views on the smooth drive.  Stop at the Badwater Basin and experience being 282 feet below sea level at the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Take pictures of Harmony Borax Works, Devil’s Golf Course, and Artists’ Palette.  Return to your accommodation in Las Vegas at the end of your tour. 

From Las Vegas: 7-Day Utah & Arizona National Parks Tour

6. From Las Vegas: 7-Day Utah & Arizona National Parks Tour

Choose from a a private or small-group tour and embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure across Monument Valley. Admire the depths of the Grand Canyon, experience the real Wild Wild West, and discover the iconic Utah landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyon Lands. Day 1 Zion National Park: Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind us for a while we head out to Utah’s finest National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing. Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools, enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows, weather permitting.  Or if you are feeling really adventurous-do all three! Day 2 Bryce National Park: A short drive today takes us to an elevation of 8000 ft into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater. Hike down into the hoodoos for an up close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape. A soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp will ease those hiking muscles and a night around the campfire will end this day nicely. Day 3-4 Arches and Canyonlands National Parks: Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang of a sandstone cliff on one of our optional canyoneering adventures! Visit Arches National Park home to over 2000 arches for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park where the Green river meets the Colorado in some of the most spectacular scenery the southwest has to offer. Swap tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who used the canyons to hide from the law in the late 1800’s, visit the local town and enjoy Utah’s greatest adventure capital. Day 5 Monument Valley: We wind out way through more of USA Southwest’s spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet.  The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians you are in for a real treat today. Hop onboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley.  Camp right along the rim and get ready to gaze up at the amazing starry skies and bag your front row seat to a magnificent sun rise. Day 6 Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon national park: Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon- Antelope Canyon this morning ($75-$80 pp) followed by a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Saving the best for last! After a brief visit to a Navajo trading post we follow the mighty Colorado River through the painted desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Take in a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, take a hike into the one of the deepest  and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafes a admire the view before one last cookout with your new friends! Day 7 Las Vegas: We get our kicks at Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City in plenty of time to relax poolside before heading for the strip in a stylish stretch limousine.

From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

7. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

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 lower 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.

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

8. 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.

San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

9. San Francisco: 6-Day Excursion of Southwestern United States

Day 1: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN Meet your tour at the Public Library to embark on a city tour. Enjoy a cruise in the world-famous bay. See great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. 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 2: MODESTO – YOSEMITE Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. Stay overnight at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 3: STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS Head to Las Vegas and stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow. In the evening, take a tour of the strip and see amazing hotels such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Stay overnight at Harrah’s Hotel. Day 4: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – PAGE Start the day traveling through the desert and through the Navajo Indian reservation before arriving at the south bank of the Grand Canyon. Learn how throughout the years, the Colorado river carved its way down to the sea and created a wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon east, stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Then head to the Page and Lake Powell area for the evening. Day 5: ANTELOPE CANYON – BRYCE CANYON Tour the lower 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 (may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab. On certain departures, your tour will continue to Cedar City for the night. Day 6: ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS – LOS ANGELES After breakfast, head into Zion Park. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park. Leave for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas with an option for a late night return to Los Angeles.

Death Valley: Full–Day Tour from Las Vegas

10. Death Valley: Full–Day Tour from Las Vegas

Stand at the entrance to Death Valley for your first exploration and photo stop on this amazing adventure. Look down on the old ghost town of Rhyolite, a long-abandoned gold mining community and the set for many movies and documentaries. Drive down a beautiful winding highway, and enter the center of Death Valley from the east, a strange world of endless desert, vast valleys, harshly sculpted peaks, garish colors, superbly adapted plants and animals, all visible expressions of geologic time reckoned in millions of years. Capture the view of the valley from Hell's Gate, well above the valley floor. Visit Badwater, 282 feet below sea level. Enjoy views and stops at Zabriskie's Point, the Devil's Golf Course, the Furnace Creek Museum, the Salt Lake, the Sand Dunes and Artists Pallet. The majestic mountains, colorful canyons, volcanic craters and salt pinnacles all make this trip a photographic sightseer's dream come true. 

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What people are saying about Death Valley National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 442 reviews

This was an absolutely amazing trip! Each park we visited was unique and beautiful with endless opportunities for photos. There were different hikes to choose from at most locations so we could opt for easy to more challenging, with most excursions lasting about 2 hours. The tour was well organized and camping under the stars added that extra oomph! Our guide Christian was wonderful -- funny, enthusiastic, caring and very knowledgeable. We did so much in the short 3 days. I'd highly recommend this trip!

Fantastic guide for the day, making sure we saw and experienced so much of the area in and around Death Valley. It was boiling hot (118F) and Brian offered us water at every stop. He was a great photographer ensuring we got some amazing pictures. It was meant to be a 10 hour trip but we were out for 16 hours, seeing a beautiful sunset over the mountains, returning to Vegas in the dark seeing it all lit up in its glory! I totally recommend this company, you will not be disappointed!!

It was worth the money I spent. Jacob was the guide/coach driver and was very nice and very experienced. I enjoy the small group. Then we joined the larger group in the last 3 days. Robert too was very good. It was best experienced than explained. Very hectic, wake up early and finished late some days so as to cover many places. You will enjoy the adventure

I had a great time on the trip. However I was told to meet at the library at 6:30 am, but the bus came at 8:30. I found someone who was told the same thing. We called her agency who confirmed 8:30. That is something that needs to be corrected in your itinerary.

Very knowledgeable guide and great tour. The duration of the tour is perfect to take it easy and not have to rush.