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Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Discover the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at Death Valley National Park, the largest National Park in the U.S., on this guided, full-day excursion from Las Vegas. Travel on board an air-conditioned minibus to one of the most desolate places on earth, and learn about Death Valley’s history, landscape, and wildlife along the way. See other desert highlights including Furnace Creek, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, and more. A boxed lunch, plenty of bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Small-group Death Valley day trip from Las Vegas
  • Journey to Dante's Peak, the highest point in the park
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, boxed lunch, and plenty of bottled water included
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience
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Transportation by air-conditioned mini-bus
Boxed lunch
Bottled water
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
This tour has a free downloadable App with tour commentary in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Live commentary is provided in English.
Gratuities

Departure Point

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all major hotels within 3 miles of the Las Vegas Strip

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This Death Valley tour begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas followed by a drive to Death Valley National Park in the Mojave Desert.

Upon arrival, visit Zabriskie Point to experience one of the park’s most famous views — a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands. Then travel the scenic loop through the multi-hued hills of Artist’s Drive to the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level. This surreal landscape features one of the largest protected salt flats in the world — too harsh for most plants and animals to survive in. You'll also experience one of the most impressive views in Death Valley: Dante’s Peak, a mountaintop overlook more than 5,000 feet above the valley.

Along the way, learn about Death Valley’s history, landscape, and wildlife, plus the urban legends of ghost towns and long-abandoned gold mines. A boxed lunch and plenty of bottled water are included.

Finally, make a brief stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to browse some of the books for sale and collect a Death Valley stamp for a National Park passport, if desired.

The tour ends with a return trip to Las Vegas and a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Death Valley National Park
Our Death Valley tours start from your Las Vegas hotel, where you will be greeted and checked in by your tour-guide. When the entire group for the day has been assembled, the drive to Death Valley National Park begins. The drive itself is filled with commentary about what you can expect to experience in Death Valley, as well as some local history and information about the trip itself. Once in Death Valley itself, your tour-guide will stop for a photo op at the welcome sign. Many members of our group will take pictures in front of the sign that welcomes us to one of the most extreme environments on earth, as well as the area that boasts the highest temperature ever recorded. You can expect group members to assume the “I am dead in Death Valley” positions for photographs!
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zabriskie Point
The first stops on the tour are Dante’s View and Zabriskie point, where our adventurers have the ability to explore each location on their own, to experience the breathtaking views and unusual landscape in their own way. The views of the desert floors from these vantage points is remarkable, and many will simply marvel at the sheer beauty of the expanse while others will stroll around the area, taking in the landscape directly under their feet, noticing unique plant forms and wildlife that inhabits the area. Zabriskie Point is actually a viewpoint that is part of the Amargosa Range, and is unique due to it’s erosional landscape. It is composed of the elements left behind by the drying up of Furnace Creek Lake, which disappeared around five-million years ago. The location itself was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, who was the vice-president of the Pacific Borax Company. Dante’s View is a terrace viewpoint that sits 5,476 feet above the desert floor. It is located on the north side of Coffin Peak, and overlooks the floor of Death Valley. Several paths lead to the peak, which offers a dramatic panoramic view of the basin.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
View 20 Mule Team Canyon from Zabriskie Point
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Devil's Golf Course
One of our last stops is the “Devil’s Golf Course” where a brief off-road trip brings us to an area that provides some of the most unique photographs in the world, as jagged salt formations take on the appearance of snow on the desert floor. Our adventurers venture out into the salt-flat, and notice that the formations are very solid and hard, even though they are delicate in appearance. From this point, our adventure tour of Death Valley returns to Las Vegas, where our visitors say goodbye to their new friends. They retire to their hotels discussing Death valley, the fact that pictures cannot do it justice. To experience a Death Valley tour yourself, simply click the “book now” button above, and secure your place on our next tour of one of the world’s most interesting and beautiful places.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Artists Palette
Artist’s Palatte is dramatic due to the many colors of rock that make up the landscape. The colors are due to the oxidation of different metals, red yellow and pink being from iron salts and green from decomposing mica. There are even purple elements that are produced from manganese. The Artist Drive Formation was produced as a result of a violent and explosive volcanic period in Death Valley.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Our adventurers enjoy lunch and refreshments as well as exploring the sites and purchasing gifts to commemorate their trip. The Visitor center is an oasis in the desert, with many cool areas to relax and take in the sites. Take your picture in front of the sign which contains the world-record temperature record of 134 degrees, and which shows the current temperature. The Borax exhibit tells the story of the Pacific Borax Company, who mined the Borax that cleans many people’s clothes today. Borax is an element that is used in laundry detergent, as well as other uses. The famous “20 mule team” that hauled the Borax from the area after it was mined is commemorated even today on “20 Mule Team Borax laundry detergent.”
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Badwater
Badwater Basin is the area that contains the lowest elevation point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. Do not forget to snap a photo of the mountain behind you that shows the actual point of sea level, which will give you a good idea of how low you are. Badwater Basin is a salt flat, and displays a huge expanse of pure table salt! There is flooding at Badwater Basin often, however it usually doesn’t last very long as the scorching temperatures evaporate the standing water into a thicker layer of salt every time.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pahrump
Stop in Pahrump for a comfort stop en route back to Las Vegas enjoying the beautiful Mojave Desert drive.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Maximum of 13 people per tour
  • Boxed lunches include a choice between a turkey, roast beef or vegetarian sandwich. Please advise at the time of booking your sandwich preference. If you do not, a vegetarian sandwich will be provided.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen
  • Death Valley temperatures can exceed 115°F (approx. 45 °C) between June and September, please stay hydrated. Plenty of bottled water is provided.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • New Tour Option- Purchase 5 seats and have a fully private tour with selected ticket type.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bindlestiff Tours

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Death Valley National Park Day Trip from Las Vegas.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Minibus fine for a day trip but would be a bit cramped for a longer trip." See review
  • "Visiting Death Valley National Park is easy to do on your own, if you had your own car and didn't want to be affiliated with the tour groups."

Reviews

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Great Park, Not So Great Tour Guide.
Curiosity561730
, Mar 2019
Pick up/drop was easy and as expected. Van was clean and comfortable. The trouble began with tour guide- he seemed to lack solid knowledge of the formations/desert sights we were seeing. Moreover, nothing was conveyed in a concise or cohesive manner as most tour guides do. The whole car ride to the park was full of our guide's incessant chatter about his own personal stories about life in Nevada. Yet, when we visited the desert sights most of us had no idea which locations he had brought us to! All his talk was for nothing- we really didn't get a good idea about what we were seeing. I think, all in all, Death Valley is an amazing place to visit but I would have rather gone without our guide or used another tour group. Last note- lunch was not good at all, especially for the price paid per person. It consists of Jenny-O sandwich meat on a soggy roll, a bag of lays chips, water and a cookie someone packed in a sandwich bag.
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Death Valley
Dave R
, Jul 2018
Our guide was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable about the geographic and human history of the area. Highly recommend this trip!
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Hot but Fascinating
David J
, Jul 2018
119 degrees! But an excellent trip led by an excellent guide (Kriss).Very informative about geology,history of the area,natural history,early settlers etc.At this temperature though you can't be away from the air conditioning of the minibus more than say 10 minutes.Very good add on to the Grand Canyon and adjacent parks (which we had just done). Minibus fine for a day trip but would be a bit cramped for a longer trip.
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Amazingly surprised trip to Death...
slnhcaswell
, Mar 2018
Amazingly surprised trip to Death Valley with my daughter. Our guide Jenni is very knowledgeable and gave us so much info not only about Death Valley but Las Vegas too. We had so much fun. Highly recommend this trip - photos doesnt do it justices. It was just AMAZING. Thank you Jenni.
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Fantastic tour , would highly recommed...
MANDY C
, Oct 2017
Fantastic tour , would highly recommed . Very informative guide .
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For the money this was a poor tour...
Denise W
, Oct 2017
For the money this was a poor tour. It cost quite a lot of money and I had expected much more. The amount of time actually spent in Death Valley was minimal. Our visit to Furnace Creek consisted of sitting under a tree with a sandwich. The so called picnic left a lot to be desired. My own was ordered specifically for a vegetarian and was as sloppy roll with some salad...not even a slice of cheese! the guide never stopped for breath...most of his nattering was about himself, his interest in reading and the stories he had read. Spend your hard earned cash eslewhere.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2017
Hi Denise, We are so sorry that you felt your Death Valley tour was not up to standard. Our vegetarian lunch comes with cheese. The salad comes separately so that you can add tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber to your choice. Your lunch also comes with a fruit cup, potato chips and a cookie. On the date that you visited Death Valley the Furnace Creek picnic area was under construction unannounced and all other available picnic tables were taken so your guide offered the best available alternative that he could. We will address your comment about your guide talking too much, you should have some quiet time to enjoy the beautiful drive on the way back to Las Vegas.
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The scale of Death Valley is awesome...
Neil H
, Sep 2017
The scale of Death Valley is awesome and stunning. Our guide Kriss from Brindlestiff Tours really helped to make the day very special. We were collected on time at 0800 at our hotel New York New York. Once in the area, stops at several points, display the uniqueness of the place. It's hot as you would expect, but cold water and air conditioning in the coach helped alleviate matters. The standard tour visits Dante's View, Zabriski Point, Devils Golf Course, Badwater and the Artist's Palette. We were returned to our hotel at 1700 hours. Brilliant a Day.
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Kriss was an excellent tour guide...
Linda H
, Aug 2017
Kriss was an excellent tour guide! He's knowledgeable, articulate, and a very nice guy. It was cooler than usual, 108 degrees. Wow! Be prepared for the heat. The route and views were very good. Great stops for time to stretch and take awesome photos. The van was fairly comfortable however leg room was limited. Overall, we're very glad we booked it. Viator delivered once again!
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Driver should listen to the needs of...
SONIA S
, Aug 2017
Driver should listen to the needs of the passengers. There is no need for the driver to talk all day, narrating interesting points yes but I did not like an not all day loud narration.
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Pros: I can only give high rating to...
Alisa K
, Jun 2017
Pros: I can only give high rating to our guide Joel C. He was knowledgable and friendly. There was plenty of water provided. Cons: Everything else was disappointing - the van was too small for 11 people, seats were VERY uncomfortable for such a long drive my friend is 5'4 and even she complained there was no space for a small backpack and not enough cup/bottle holders. The four stops we did were VERY short 10-20min, but we had lunch for an hour. Why? Doesn't seem to be well planned. 15 minis not enough time to enjoy the amazing views and take pictures because we needed to do a bit of walk on most of the stops to get to the photo opportunity. It was VERY frustrating that we were always rushed to come back to the van. The guide would not start the van and A/C until all people from the group came back. Why? The lunch sandwich was bottom-of-barrel.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2017
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your review feedback. We are sorry to hear there were some aspects of your tour that you did not enjoy. Please be aware, we use brand new 2017 15-passenger touring vehicles with individual reclining seats, enlarged viewing windows, stand-up room and charging points for phones/cameras. As there were only 11 guests on your tour, you are always welcome to move to a spare seat and spread out if desired. All 15 seats have ample storage underneath for day packs. We typically allow 15-20 mins per stop, however, in the extreme summer heat that Death Valley is famous for guests often opt for less time than that outside the van. Lunch is prepared fresh daily and includes a fresh sub of your choice, a fruit cup, cookie and and packet of potato chips. Lunch is taken at Furnace Creek which offers a chance to visit the gift shop, Borax museum, post office and multiple mining exhibits. We find that for most guests 45 mins to 1 hour is the perfect amount of time to see everything that this area has to offer. With regards to starting the van whilst waiting for guests- this practice is strongly forbidden by the park service for environmental reasons- no tour buses are permitted to do this and attempt to do do is a direct violation of our operating permit into this and all national parks. Walking is also strictly prohibited in the summer due to extreme heat dangers and as such this tour is advertised as a sightseeing tour rather than a walking tour. Again, we are sorry this tour did not meet your expectations, but we are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with our fantastic guide, Joel.
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