Death Valley National Park
6 Day Inn Tour
Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states. Its 3.3 million acres are nestled between two mountain ranges, and its Badwater Basin is 282’ below sea level – the lowest point in North America. The park’s mostly level paved roads offer a beautiful bicycling experience through a rich palette of surreal desert geography. The sun-soaked days and cool evenings make it the perfect setting for cycling in the off-season.
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Some longer flat sections and gently rolling hills with two optional climbs on paved roads. Moderate cycling level. Leisurely cycling level with an electric-assist ebike.
5 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 5 picnic or sack lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, park entrance fees, guided hikes, detailed cue sheets, maps & GPS files, van support and trained guides.
$195 for women-specific hybrid or road bicycle. $295 for electric-assist ebike.
Fly in and out of Las Vegas, NV. Take a 25-minute taxi or Uber to our starting hotel. WomanTours will shuttle everyone back to the Las Vegas airport or our starting hotel by 5:00pm on the last day of the tour.
"After three years or so of looking at the catalog and waiting for the right time to go, I had high expectations. Death Valley was everything I had hoped for!"
DAY 1: We'll meet in Las Vegas for our rental bike fitting at 3:00pm and then have our orientation and dinner at 6:00pm. If you arrive early, sign up for a spa treatment or take a dip in the hotel’s lovely pool. After our dinner together, you can go to the Strip to take in a show or to simply walk in this city that never sleeps.
DAY 2: Start the day on your own with breakfast, and then we’ll shuttle two hours to Rhyolite. Now a ghost town, it was once the third largest city in Nevada during the gold boom. It is where we’ll begin our bicycle ride down into Death Valley.
We’ll bike through relatively flat desert terrain toward the Funeral Mountains. Then it’s a moderate climb to Gateway Pass before enjoying a long downhill with views of the Panamint Mountains to the west and the valley below. After a ride and an optional stop for a short hike to explore the sand dunes, we'll arrive at our park lodging at Stovepipe Wells and have dinner together. 31 miles. +1068+/-4725'.
DAY 3: Today, we shuttle to the Ubehebe Crater in the northern part of the park. It was created by steam from a volcano hundreds of years ago. You’ll have a chance to walk around its edge or deep into its massive bowl. Then we’ll have an easy ride back to Stovepipe Wells. We should be able to see the Great Salt Flats shimmering in the distance at the southern end of the valley. 46 miles. +877/-3481'.
DAY 4: After breakfast, we'll cycle south through the breathtaking landscape of the badlands. Along the way, you'll want to stop at the visitor center and the Borax Museum to learn more about the area’s natural history.
If you’re up for a hike after our picnic lunch, we’ll take you to Golden Canyon at the trailhead for renowned Zabriskie Point. We’ll hike through a stunning canyon of tall sandstone walls and a maze of multicolored slopes and valleys. You’ll be hungry for dinner tonight! 25 miles. +520/-680'.
DAY 5: Today offers a nice gentle ride to Badwater, the lowest point in North America. It acquired its name when an early surveyor wrote ”bad water“ on the map when his mule refused to drink the water. You’ll see snow-covered Telescope Peak reflected in the salty water. On the return trip, you can choose to cycle the optional challenging climb along Artist’s Drive. Once back at our oasis, you can enjoy the spring-fed, Olympic-size pool and golf course. 35 or 41 miles. +1461/-1461' or +2789/-2789'.
DAY 6: We end the tour with a gentle but long climb out of the Valley. We’ll gain 3,000’ in 19 miles, but then we’re rewarded with 11 miles of gentle descent. For many women, this will be their favorite ride of the week. We’ll say our good-byes to the national park and shuttle back to Las Vegas, arriving at the airport by 5:00pm or our starting hotel by 5:30pm. 30 miles. +3228/-1024'.