Las Vegas to Death Valley tours
With these Las Vegas to Death Valley tours you will explore the hottest, driest, and one of the most fascinating deserts in North America! Read along as we take you on from Las Vegas a virtual tour of Death Valley! The valley, the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere, is located in eastern California, close the border with Nevada, about 2,5 hours drive from Las Vegas. The place is, undoubtedly, a photographer's paradise! Get on board, become a Death Valley discoverer!
Death Valley Hummer Tour
Prices From: $269 ; Duration: 8-9 hours
These Las Vegas to Death Valley tours by hummer operate year-round, including summer.
Experience Death Valley National Park in the comfort of a small group and a luxurious off-road equipped Hummer. This tour will give you plenty of opportunity to explore the largest National Park in the lower 48 United States.
During your ten hour tour you will cruise down dirt roads through one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Stops include the Furnace Creek Ranch with its Death Valley Museum and Visitor’s Center; Zabriskie Point and the interesting Harmony Borax Works Mine before enjoying a complimentary lunch and plenty of photograph opportunities.
Your tour also includes breath taking views of the Twenty Mule Team Canyon, the Devil’s Golf Course and the awesome Badwater Basin which is the lowest spot in elevation within the United States.
Death Valley Coach/Mini Van Tour
Prices From: $205 ; Duration: 11 hours
Las Vegas to Death Valley tours by coach/mini van generally operates September through May and are not available on major holidays.
The tour starts with a continental breakfast in Beatty, Nevada which is the first stop of your journey into the picturesque landscape of the Mojave Desert on your way to Death Valley National Park. After breakfast you will travel to Scotty’s Castle where you will be delighted to view and tour an authentic replica of a Moorish-style castle. After an hour tour and thirty minutes to wander on your own at the castle, the tour takes-off to Ubehebe Crater, where you will enjoy another complimentary meal while you explore the half-mile crater that was created when the volcano erupted.
The fourth stop on this ten hour tour is the Furnace Creek Ranch Museum where you will learn a few tidbits about the region and ranch. After stopping at Badwater, the lowest point in the continental United States, the last stop will be Rhyolite Ghost Town where the past comes to life.
Death Valley Tour by Pink Jeeps
Prices From: $235 ; Duration: 8 hours
Death Valley tours from Las Vegas by Pink Jeeps are only available September through May and are not available on major holidays.
The Death Valley Adventure tour is spectacular for the person that is looking for something unique and adventuresome while you take-in the breath taking views of the largest National Park in the Lower 48 States.
Your journey begins and ends with hotel pick-up in a SUV that is laid out for comfort. You will stop at the awesome Goldwell Open Air Museum which highlights include a sculpture of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper. From here you will continue onward to the lowest point in the United States, Death Valley National Park. You will observe such gorgeous landscapes like Furnace Creek, Badwater and the Devil’s Golf Course. Lunch is included on this fun packed eight hour tour of adventure.
Death Valley Itinerary - Virtual Tour
Are you wondering what you will see during Las Vegas to Death Valley tours ? Here is a virtual tour - an itinerary plan in pictures of some points of interest in Death Valley you may visit (weather permitting).
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One of the highlights of Death Valley tours, Scotty's Castle is a small oasis in the middle of a desert. The Castle, also known as the Death Valley Ranch, attracts visitors with it's Spanish-style architecture and beautiful green gardens.
Scotty's Castle was built in the 1930 and is an engineering wonder, considering the times. It was equipped with a climate controlling system, electricity, water, and had a refrigerator storage. Inside the castle you will find Spanish carpets and curtains, Italian porcelain, Belgian lace and other riches.
The castle has a very interesting history that you will learn during Death Valley tours. But to give you an idea - its history is connected with two people.
The first was the actual owner of the house Albert Johnson, a financial magnate from Chicago who built the castle for himself and his wife Bessie. The second was an adventurous entertainer and story-teller Walter Scott, or Death Valley Scotty, who lured Albert Johnson into Death Valley with lies about a gold mine that he supposedly found.
While there was no gold, Albert Johnson found something else in there - good health, and decided to move there permanently. And Johnson was actually amused and didn't mind a bit Scotty's stories that the castle is being built on the money he received from finding a gold mine, that Scotty told everyone around. Eventually, these two very different became friends and lived happily ever after together with Bessie in the castle.
Not far from the Scotty's Castle, there is an interesting place known as Ubehebe Crater, that you will visit during a Death Valley tour.
This Ubehebe Crater appeared as a result of a powerful volcano eruption - so strong that the volcano itself was destroyed. Although the crater is over 2,000 years old, it's considered young and therefore it's not yet covered with grass and bushes.
Devil's Golf Course
The Devil's Golf Course is an area that you might explore during Death Valley tours. This is a large plateau covered with dry salt crystals that grow upwards and create weird sounds that you can hear when the air stands still.
The Racetrack Playa is the most mysterious place in Death Valley - it's a flat, level plain of clay, around which are scattered so-called "sailing stones" that apparently move all by themselves, leaving prominent furrows, or tracks. Hundreds of stones of all sizes, from very tiny to huge ones, move in different directions. Sometimes the stones move alone, sometimes in groups.
Scientists have been trying to explain this phenomenon, but years of research did not help to solve this mystery!
Ghost Town of Rhyolite
Another interesting stop during Death Valley tours from Las Vegas is the ghost town of Rhyolite. During Gold Rush, the small town was home to some 16 thousand people - gold miners and service providers who came here in hopes to get rich. Rhyolite developed very quickly in 1905, but declined almost just as quickly. When the main gold ore was exhausted, people started abandoning the town and in 1920 it was already empty.
Close to the ghost town of Rhyolite, you will see a Goldwell Open Air Museum, created by Albert Szukalski, a sculptor from Belgium. This is a museum of sculptures of ghosts, just in the spirit of an abandoned ghost town.
Furnace Creek Ranch
Another likely stop during Las Vegas to Death Valley tours would be Furance Creek Ranch, where you will visit a small open air Borax Museum. Although the museum is small, it has some interesting historical artifacts such as wagons, carriages, and an old train.