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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. 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.

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

2. 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.

From Las Vegas: Death Valley Trekker Tour

3. 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. 

Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience all the beauty of Death Valley National Park without dealing with its intense heat. Hop into your car and open up the modern GPS-friendly tour app on your phone to begin your self-guided journey through the exotic badlands of this park. Once you’ve downloaded the app, your trip will begin at Death Valley Junction, just a short way outside the park itself. As you drive, you’ll get acquainted with some basic facts about safety in such an extreme climate. You’ll also hear about the unfortunate miners who gave this place its name. Take a detour to Dante’s View, offering incredible vistas of the valley’s lowest point. Past that you’ll come to an iconic scenic drive at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, which shows off some of the area’s strange and beautiful badlands. Up next is Zabriskie Point, a phenomenal place to watch the sunrise. Then, it’s on to the oasis of Furnace Creek, where the valley’s hottest-ever temperature was recorded. Reach the Golden Canyon Trail, one of the park’s most popular hikes. Beyond that is the captivating landscape of Artist’s Drive, home to brilliantly colorful rock formations. See Devil's Golf Course, a seemingly endless field of salt crystals that pop under the sun. Pass the Natural Bridge Trail, offering a look at a rocky bridge formed by erosion. Finally, arrive at Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation point in North America, with the park's famous salt flats.

One Day Tour Las Vegas to Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town

5. One Day Tour Las Vegas to Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town

Take a private day trip from Las Vegas to Death Valley. Explore a harsh landscape of dunes, canyons, and volcanic craters. Learn about the history of the area as you pass the Harmony Borax Works and Zabriskie Point. Visit the ghost town of Rhyolite, inhabited for only 12 years during the gold rush.  After pickup, drive out to Death Valley National Park with your guide. At over 3 million acres, the park is host to some of the country’s driest, hottest, and harshest conditions. Experience a unique landscape of mountains, canyons, and colorful rocks, and admire panoramic views at Zabriskie Point. Pass the Harmony Borax Works and learn about the important role the industry played in the history of Death Valley. Reach the ghost town of Rhyolite, inhabited for a short time between 1904 and 1916. Explore its now desolate buildings and infrastructure that sprung up during a gold rush boom. Enjoy stunning views over the Mojave Desert to the south as you drive out of Death Valley. Make your way back to Las Vegas, where you will be dropped off to end the day trip.

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

6. 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.

Death Valley: Full–Day Tour from Las Vegas

7. 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. 

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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Los Angeles: Las Vegas Overnight Trip with Hoover Dam Tour

10. Los Angeles: Las Vegas Overnight Trip with Hoover Dam Tour

See the highlights of Las Vegas on a 2-day trip from Los Angeles. Visit Hoover Dam, Las Vegas Strip, and Death Valley Day 1: Los Angeles – Las Vegas Travel through the desert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall at the Nevada State Line. In the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some of the truly amazing hotels and fantasies that are built in the middle of the desert. Caesar’s Palace, Mirage, Luxor, Paris, Mandalay Bay, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Finish off the evening at one of the many shows or try your hand at one of the many casinos. Stay overnight at Harrah’s Hotel. Day 2: Las Vegas – Hoover Dam – Los Angeles After a leisurely breakfast, leave Las Vegas and make your way to the Hoover Dam. Learn how this man-made phenomenon was built and what it did to the area. After your visit, head west and cross back into California. The tour ends with an afternoon arrival in Los Angeles.

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What people are saying about Death Valley National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 442 reviews

I would give this tour 20 out of 10 if I could. Death Valley is a breathtaking natural miracle in and itself. However, Brian and Jason made all the difference. Jason's witty jokes, Brian's sincerity made this one of my most memorable tours so far. Unlike other tours, Brian and Jason intentionally try to get to know their guests. They stopped at so many magnificent stops that I it felt like I have seen most of the park. They went out of their way to make us all feel accommodated. They will stop for lunch at a fancy historic restaurant. Flow of the day was natural, fun filled and informative. If you are planning on touring Death Valley, it should only be with them.

Highly recommended!!! I did expected that the Death Valley has so much to see: breath-taking views, a small canyon, sand dunes, a ghosttown, bavarian village and on the way back we visited area 51. Furthermore, great lunch in restaurant was included. It was in a small group (not mass-tourismus like a Grand Canyon tour I did the day before), our guide really had knowledge and passion for the landscape and he added a few highlights to our tour. Price-Performance ratio unbeatable!

Excellent tour. Brian, our guide was awesome. Very informative and took us to some beautiful locations which were not listed on the original itinerary. The tour was timely arranged and lunch place was superb with fine quality food. Wonderful experience and will surely recommend this tour to everyone. Thank you Brian for making our day enjoyable !!

Amazing guide! Amazing trip! Amazing views! The guide is highly knowledgeable of the area and its stories. I totally did not expect the trip to be so interesting. The guide sets necessary level of social and physical comfort to enjoy the day-long journey.

Best tour ever with Mohave wave tours. Brian was excellent. Highly recommend this tour group