Death Valley to Las Vegas Guided Cycling Tour

6-Day Guided Cycling Journey from Death Valley to Las Vegas
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Death Valley’s wide byways travel far above and even below sea level, delving into the heart of the American West’s extraordinary Basin and Range country. Wildlife and wildflowers animate the spaces between salt spires and sand dunes and when the searing desert sun drips below the jagged horizon, the night sky sparks our sense of wonder with its dazzling display of stars.

Spin your wheels while this strange land spins its tales and let nature speak for itself, Death Valley is a fantastic escape.

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Price: $2,395 pp

Activity: Cycling

6 days, 5 nights

Difficulty: Advanced

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Death Valley to Las Vegas Cycling Trip

Trip Details

2017 Price – Starting at $2,395 pp
  • January 20-25 – $2,395 pp
  • February 10-15 – $2,495 pp
  • March 3-8 – $2,595 pp

Price is per person, shared occupancy in all accommodations.

Find out more about solo accommodations under the “Upgrades & Additions” tab below.

*Book a 2018 trip and use the code NIFTY50 for $50 off per person*

 

Trip Rating Details

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Where to Meet

START: 1:00pm on Day 1. Meet your guide in the lobby of the Hyatt Place in Las Vegas (CLICK HERE for map).

END: Drop-off at Hyatt Place in Las Vegas on Day 6 between 2:00 and 4:00pm.

GUESTS: 4 min to 12 max

 

Included

  • 5 nights of double occupancy lodging
  • Roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas
  • All park entry fees and permits
  • Well-supplied aid stations every 20-25 miles during rides
  • Meals starting dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 6
  • Water and snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder-certified guides/mechanics.

Not Included

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Las Vegas
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Bike shipping/building/packing/tuning*
  • Personal cycling kit
  • Optional gratuities to AOA guides

*Please see the “Upgrades & Additions” tab below for a list of available gear rentals and purchase options.*

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?

A: Death Valley is the lowest point in the U.S. by elevation, and the lower you go in elevation, the warmer it gets. Given this, Death Valley is best visited when the rest of the country is under snow: January through March, and late October through December.

Q: What are the rides like and how do I train for the trip?

A: Death Valley boasts 250 miles of smooth, winding, paved roads that oscillate between elevations high above seal level and even below. Our routes pass spectacular salt flats, desert oases, cathedrals of red rock, and views of towering mountains such as 11,000-foot Telescope Peak. Warm daytime temperatures and roads that are practically empty of cars, mixed with the possibility of spring wildflowers paired with barren sand dunes, make Death Valley an epic cycling destination. Training for this adventure is important. The best way to train is by cycling similar distances to waht your tour entails. When this isn’t possible, cross-train at the gym and try to improve both your strength an d cardio so you can be comfortable being active all day long. Once you register for your tour, we will send you a Trip Planner with a more detailed training guide.

Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?

A: Death Valley is dotted with eclectic lodging options, many of which we enjoy during our adventures. Accommodations are all modern hotels or motels, with mid-rang amenities and services. All hotel rooms have private bathrooms with showers and/or tubs, and two beds (usually queen-size where possible). Most hotels have either access to cell service or a pay phone, although not all have wi-fi. Panamint Springs, in particular, has no cell service or telephones of any kind! Some highlights include the natural spring-fed swimming pool at Furnace Creek, as well as the incredible local beer selection at Panamint Springs; and all our lodges boast views of the incredible landscape.

Upgrades  & Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade

Starting at $450 pp

  • January 20-25 – $450 pp
  • February 10-15 – $525 pp
  • March 3-8 – $650 pp

Gear Rental

  • 30 to 40 liter day pack ($35 per pack)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA. See the Bike Rentals tab below

Optional Additions

*A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.*

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35)

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%)

Trip Dates

Dates

2017 Trips – price varies by date

Fall 2017 dates to coming soon!

To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.

Bike Rental

Bike Rental Options

This trip does not include a rental bike. AOA offers rental road bikes in various performance levels. Each road bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit, and can be set up to your basic fit requirements. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with our rental bikes.

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Reservation & Cancellation Policy

Reservations, Payments and Cancellation

AOA’s cycling tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).

We strongly recommend that you purchase “travel insurance.” This is a valuable tool that will protect your trip investment.

For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.

 

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DEPART LAS VEGAS – TRANSFER TO BEATTY JUNCTION

After meeting our guides and fellow cyclists in Las Vegas, the trip will begin with a transfer by van to Beatty Junction on the border of California and Nevada. Tonight, the guides will provide an orientation and overview of what to expect. There will be time to get to know each other while we ensure that all rental bikes are fitted properly. We will overnight at the Stagecoach Hotel in Beatty Junction. Enjoy a relaxing evening while the anticipation builds for the journey ahead!

  • Cycling: No riding today
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch on own, dinner included
  • Lodging: Stagecoach Hotel

DAY 2: RIDE FROM BEATTY JUNCTION TO STOVEPIPE WELLS

Ride through Death Valley to Las Vegas on a guided cycling trip with AOA

Hike through sand dunes on the Death Valley to Las Vegas Cycling Trip with AOA!Today’s ride will begin in Beatty, Nevada, and then cross over into Death Valley National Park as we bike to Stovepipe Wells. This ride is a great warm up to the longer and more challenging rides ahead. As you near the junction of Stovepipe Wells you will catch spectacular views of the salt flats and sand dunes of the valley as we drop nearly 4600 feet in elevation. Today we will get the chance to experience some of Death Valley’s dramatic sand dunes. Upon arriving at the hotel, you may feel that you are in the middle of nowhere, but a cold beer at the saloon and a dip in the swimming pool surrounded by amazing vistas will help you settle into this beautiful moonscape!

  • Cycling: 40 miles; +1,900 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Stovepipe Wells

DAY 3: SUMMIT TOWNE PASS AND RIDE TO PANAMINT SPRINGS

Ride through Death Valley to Las Vegas on a guided cycling trip with AOA

Our routes pass spectacular salt flats, desert oases, cathedrals of red rock, and views of towering mountains

Today we begin our bike ride at sea level and ride from Stovepipe Wells to Panamint Springs, ending at a lofty 1,926 ft above sea level. It is a steady climb to reach Towne Pass, rewarded by a long downhill cruise to Panamint Springs. After completing over 5,000 feet of climbing and a nearly 3,500 ft descent, you may not feel like riding further, but there will be an option to add more miles from the hotel. If you choose not to ride further you will have extra time to enjoy the eclectic lodge where you will find over 100 beers on tap!

  • Cycling: 31 miles + optional mileage; +5,000 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Panamint Springs

DAY 4: ENJOY A MASSIVE DOWNHILL RIDE INTO FURNACE CREEK

Ride through Death Valley to Las Vegas on a guided cycling trip with AOA

Experience this challenging cycling trip with the friends you ride with at home!

Another fabulous and challenging day of road riding from Panamint Springs to Furnace Creek. After 24 miles, we conquer Towne Pass again in the other direction (4,956 feet) followed by a fun 18 miles downhill, 5,000 feet of continuous drop back to Stovepipe Wells and the floor of Death Valley. From here, the ride continues down the valley across undulating terrain to the oasis of Furnace Creek. Here at the ‘Ranch’, grassy fields punctuate the spaces between the buildings of this outpost, creating a verdant and relaxing atmosphere. Don’t miss a stop at the visitor center next door, there is no shortage of information to learn about the history and diversity of Death Valley.

  • Cycling: 55 miles; +3,900 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Furnace Creek Inn

DAY 5: RIDE TO BADWATER BASIN AT 282 FEET BELOW SEA LEVEL

Today, we will begin with a stunning descent to the lowest elevation in North America, Badwater Basin, which rests at 282 feet below sea level! Our ride today is truly spectacular, passing through a landscape flanked by multi-hued features in dusty pinks, sea greens, ashy purples and moody browns. Savor a tasty guide-prepared lunch in the basin and take advantage of a chance to venture out onto the salt flats. Next, prepare for a challenging climb up to the Natural Bridge for views down into the aptly named Artist’s Palette. Our ride will return to Furnace Creek with a nice descent and followed by rolling hills.

Ride through Death Valley to Las Vegas on a guided cycling trip with AOA

Ride through the lowest point in North America – Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level!

  • Cycling: 41 miles; +2,800 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Furnace Creek Inn

DAY 6: RIDE RED ROCK CANYON AND RETURN BACK TO LAS VEGAS

This morning we wave goodbye to Death Valley and shuttle out of the park back towards Las Vegas. But wait- the cycling isn’t over yet! We will stop in Mountain Springs for a tasty lunch and then hop on our bikes to ride to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It’s a speedy downhill to Red Rock where the 13-mile paved, one-way scenic drive passes through arid desert landscapes, red- and buff-colored rock formations, and beautiful sandstone and limestone cliffs that reach elevations of 7,000 feet. The shuttle will meet us at the Visitor Center for the return trip to Las Vegas, arriving between 2:00 and 4:00pm.

  • Cycling: 36 miles; +2,300 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own
  • Lodging: On your own
Go on a guided cycling journey from Death Valley to Las Vegas with AOA

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park is one of the most spectacular views you will witness on the Death Valley to Las Vegas Cycling Trip with AOA

 

Check out this trip’s route

Click here to see the routes we bike from Death Valley to Las Vegas.

 

Tips for Planning a Trip to Death Valley

Looking to plan a road biking trip but not sure where to go? Read this blog to find out the best places for a road bike trip in the spring! 

While all of our road cycling tours have rider support, it’s still very important that you know the basics of bike maintenance before any ride. 

Before you rent or ride a bike, you might want to know what size you are. Here’s a blog on finding out your best bike fit.