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From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour with Lunch

1. From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour with Lunch

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.

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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. Tour in a small group for a more intimate and personal experience and see one of the most unique landscapes on earth. You will witness the spectacular highlights of Death Valley, located east of the Sierra Nevada. Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh terrain, it offers superb photo opportunities of rocks that are over a billion years old and have been carved and teased into extraordinary formations by the weather of millennia. Gasp in awe at the sheer size, and see the astounding natural features of a desolate national treasure. You will visit the famous Zabriskie point, taking a stunning scenic drive through Artist’s Pallet. Stop at Bad Water, located 280 feet below sea level and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you tour, and keep well-hydrated for the extreme temperatures. At Furnace Creek Visitor Center browse the Death Valley Gift Shop for some unique souvenir gifts, before heading back through the Mohave Desert in time for some good old fashioned Vegas nightlife!

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Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

3. 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.

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From LA: Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town Private Tour

4. From LA: Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town Private Tour

Take off from Las Vegas to two unique sites during this private group tour: Death Valley National Park and Rhyolite, the Nevada ghost town. Experience the driest, lowest, and hottest national park before making a stop at Rhyolite for some spooky fun. Death Valley is a land of extremes that will surprise and delight you. Colorful mountains frame the valley, which is the second-lowest point on Earth, second only to the Dead Sea. The valley floor is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level and it is the hottest place on the planet in the summer. Death Valley offers features like nowhere else, including Devil’s Golf Course, Artists Drive and Artists Palette, Zabriskie Point, and Badwater Basin. Enjoy colorfully layered mountains, sand dunes, salt flats, and other unusual features. Stop at the visitor center and museum to learn more about the topography, history, and wildlife of Death Valley. Later, enjoy a visit to Rhyolite Ghost Town for some fascinating photos of stone buildings, railroad depot, and even some local ghosts.

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What people are saying about Badwater Basin

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 79 reviews

The tour guide told interesting stories about the area, very entertaining. This is a tour for picture taking, so don’t be scared by the disclaimer paper the tour guide asked you to sign. In general, most of the time is sitting comfortably inside the van, listening to good old tales from the tour guide. A 20 - 30 minutes stop at each view point to amaze at the breath-taking valley of death and take pictures. You can experience the coldest, wildest weather at one point, and then calm, breezy, warm weather at the next point. Walking on the seabed below sea level, to touch or walk over the salt-enriched rocks; or gone with the wind.

Our tour leader Rich contacted me night before and gave all detail about the tour. He picked up my wife and me at hotel on time. He had great conversations with our group while driving. He knew the history and knowledge of all the places that we went today. He also took me many interest and beautiful locations for great photos in Death Valley. His friendly and professional get the job well done. We are very enjoyed the tour.

Rich is wonderful, very knowledgeable, reliable, he introduced almost everything about Death Valley to us, we enjoyed his tour very much, this was the best tour we have had .

Excellent educational tour. Our guide, Rich, was very knowledgeable about the area and the terrain. Would definitely recommend.

It was great. Indy did a great job. He is very knowledgeable. Thank you for showing us the death valley