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Death Valley’s wide byways travel far above and even below sea level, delving into the heart of the American West’s extraordinary Basin and Range country. Wildlife and wildflowers animate the spaces between salt spires and sand dunes and when the searing desert sun drips below the jagged horizon, the night sky sparks our sense of wonder with its dazzling display of stars. Spin your wheels while this strange land spins its tales and let nature speak for itself, Death Valley is a fantastic escape.
2017 Dates: January 20-25, February 10-15, March 3-8, 2017. Temperatures during these months average in the 70’s F (21 C) during the day and upper 40’s F (9 C) during the night.

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Day 1 – DEPART LAS VEGAS – TRANSFER TO BEATTY JUNCTION

Day 1 – DEPART LAS VEGAS – TRANSFER TO BEATTY JUNCTION

After meeting our guides and fellow cyclists in Las Vegas, the trip will begin with a transfer by van to Beatty Junction on the border of California and Nevada. Tonight, the guides will provide an orientation and overview of what to expect. There will be time to get to know each other while we ensure that all rental bikes are fitted properly. We will overnight at the Stagecoach Hotel in Beatty Junction. Enjoy a relaxing evening while the anticipation builds for the journey ahead!

Cycling: No riding today
Meals: Breakfast and lunch on own, dinner included
Lodging: Stagecoach Hotel

Stagecoach Hotel and Casino

Beatty Nevada

Stagecoach Hotel and CasinoThe Stagecoach Offers 80 Luxurious, Triple-AAA rated Rooms, and plenty of FREE TRUCK PARKING. Amenities: Free High Speed Internet Free Satellite TV including HBO, ESPN, ESPN2, and MUCH MORE! Complimentary In-Room Coffee, Shampoo and Body Lotion Hair Dryers in Every Room Beautiful Pool & Heated Jacuzzi Area - A DESERT OASIS! Guest Fax Available 24-Hour Denny's Restaurant Kid's Arcade Pet Friendly Plenty of Parking YOUR DEATH VALLEY HEADQUARTERS

Stagecoach Hotel and Casino

Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

Day 2 – RIDE FROM BEATTY JUNCTION TO STOVEPIPE WELLS

Day 2 – RIDE FROM BEATTY JUNCTION TO STOVEPIPE WELLS

Today’s ride will begin in Beatty, Nevada, and then cross over into Death Valley National Park as we bike to Stovepipe Wells. This ride is a great warm up to the longer and more challenging rides ahead. As you near the junction of Stovepipe Wells you will catch spectacular views of the salt flats and sand dunes of the valley as we drop nearly 4600 feet in elevation. Today we will get the chance to experience some of Death Valley’s dramatic sand dunes. Upon arriving at the hotel, you may feel that you are in the middle of nowhere, but a cold beer at the saloon and a dip in the swimming pool surrounded by amazing vistas will help you settle into this beautiful moonscape!

Cycling: 40 miles; +1,900 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Lodging: Stovepipe Wells

Stovepipe Wells

Death Valley CA

Stovepipe WellsSituated in the vast and beautiful landscape of Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel provides authentic western comfort. Several of our 83 rooms offer breathtaking views of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and surrounding mountain ranges while others open onto our tranquil, historic inner courtyard. Guests can enjoy swimming in the heated, outdoor pool with covered lounge area and enjoy a hearty meal at our acclaimed Toll Road Restaurant. For lighter fare and a wide selection of cold beverages, the Badwater Saloon awaits. Visitors are always welcome to browse the Nugget Gift Shop and the General Store with refueling available at our service station. Limited Wi-Fi is offered in public areas. Our well-appointed and historic meeting room is specially equipped for all social events, business meetings and film screenings. Whether you are planning a simple conference for ten or a workshop presentation, Stovepipe Wells Village, can provide everything to ensure your event is a success.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 3 – SUMMIT TOWNE PASS AND RIDE TO PANAMINT SPRINGS

Day 3 – SUMMIT TOWNE PASS AND RIDE TO PANAMINT SPRINGS

Today we begin our bike ride at sea level and ride from Stovepipe Wells to Panamint Springs, ending at a lofty 1,926 ft above sea level. It is a steady climb to reach Towne Pass, rewarded by a long downhill cruise to Panamint Springs. After completing over 5,000 feet of climbing and a nearly 3,500 ft descent, you may not feel like riding further, but there will be an option to add more miles from the hotel. If you choose not to ride further you will have extra time to enjoy the eclectic lodge where you will find over 100 beers on tap!

Cycling: 31 miles + optional mileage; +5,000 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included Lodging: Panamint Springs

Panamint Springs Resort

Death Valley CA

Panamint Springs ResortA small, rustic, western-style, resort located in beautiful Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Marvelous views of distant sand dunes and the soaring 11,000 foot high Panamint Mountains, combined with well over 100 different beers available, complete the setting for leisure dining and relaxation. Bonus: over 150 beers to quench a DV thirst!

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Handicap Accessible Cable TV Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 4 – ENJOY A MASSIVE DOWNHILL RIDE INTO FURNACE CREEK

Day 4 – ENJOY A MASSIVE DOWNHILL RIDE INTO FURNACE CREEK

Another fabulous and challenging day of road riding from Panamint Springs to Furnace Creek. After 24 miles, we conquer Towne Pass again in the other direction (4,956 feet) followed by a fun 18 miles downhill, 5,000 feet of continuous drop back to Stovepipe Wells and the floor of Death Valley. From here, the ride continues down the valley across undulating terrain to the oasis of Furnace Creek. Here at the ‘Ranch’, grassy fields punctuate the spaces between the buildings of this outpost, creating a verdant and relaxing atmosphere. Don’t miss a stop at the visitor center next door, there is no shortage of information to learn about the history and diversity of Death Valley.

Cycling: 55 miles; +3,900 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Lodging: Furnace Creek Ranch

Furnace Creek Ranch

Death Valley CA

Furnace Creek RanchThe Ranch at Furnace Creek offers accommodations in a casual, family-like setting—the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Furnace Creek. As you wander around the western-themed grounds, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1800′s when this site was established as a working ranch. Yet, you’ll enjoy the amenities of modern civilization, like quiet, recently refurbished rooms, a Golf Pro Shop, a spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts, a children’s playground and the National Park Service Visitor’s Center – which is just a stone’s throw away.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 5 – RIDE TO BADWATER BASIN AT 282 FEET BELOW SEA LEVEL

Day 5 – RIDE TO BADWATER BASIN AT 282 FEET BELOW SEA LEVEL

Today, we will begin with a stunning descent to the lowest elevation in North America, Badwater Basin, which rests at 282 feet below sea level! Our ride today is truly spectacular, passing through a landscape flanked by multi-hued features in dusty pinks, sea greens, ashy purples and moody browns. Savor a tasty guide-prepared lunch in the basin and take advantage of a chance to venture out onto the salt flats. Next, prepare for a challenging climb up to the Natural Bridge for views down into the aptly named Artist’s Palette. Our ride will return to Furnace Creek with a nice descent and followed by rolling hills.

Cycling: 41 miles; +2,800 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Lodging: Furnace Creek Ranch

Furnace Creek Ranch

Death Valley CA

Furnace Creek RanchThe Ranch at Furnace Creek offers accommodations in a casual, family-like setting—the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Furnace Creek. As you wander around the western-themed grounds, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1800′s when this site was established as a working ranch. Yet, you’ll enjoy the amenities of modern civilization, like quiet, recently refurbished rooms, a Golf Pro Shop, a spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts, a children’s playground and the National Park Service Visitor’s Center – which is just a stone’s throw away.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 6 – RIDE RED ROCK CANYON AND RETURN BACK TO LAS VEGAS

Day 6 – RIDE RED ROCK CANYON AND RETURN BACK TO LAS VEGAS

This morning we wave goodbye to Death Valley and shuttle out of the park back towards Las Vegas. But wait- the cycling isn’t over yet! We will stop in Mountain Springs for a tasty lunch and then hop on our bikes to ride to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It’s a speedy downhill to Red Rock where the 13-mile paved, one-way scenic drive passes through arid desert landscapes, red- and buff-colored rock formations, and beautiful sandstone and limestone cliffs that reach elevations of 7,000 feet. The shuttle will meet us at the Visitor Center for the return trip to Las Vegas, arriving between 2:00 and 4:00pm.

Cycling: 36 miles; +2,300 ft
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own
Lodging: On your own

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Prices

Death Valley to Las Vegas Bike Tour

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 6 participants*:

US$2395/person January 2017

Rates for February & March Dates:

US$2495/person February and $2595 March

Custom Groups - contact us:

US$TBD/person

Single Supplement:

US$450-$650


*2nd guide included. Both fixed departures and custom requests available for booking. Custom dates possible for groups of 4 or more - rates and availability subject to change.

Road Bikes are not included with this tour price above. See the Bikes & Gear section for bike rental options and rates.


+ What's Included?

INCLUSIONS:
- 5 nights of double occupancy lodging
- Roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas
- Well-supplied aid stations every 20-25 miles during rides
- Meals starting dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 6
- Water and snacks
- 2 Professional Wilderness First Responder-certified guides/mechanics.
- Comfortable 15 passenger air conditioned vans with trailers and roof racks
- California and Nevada DOT permits and National Park permit coordination when required
- Picnic lunches prepared by your guides to enjoy along the daily cycling route on cycling days
- Basic bike maintenance and tuning during trip
- Gratuities for all vendors (excluding Pure Adventures leaders)

NOT INCLUDED:
- Airfare to and from Las Vegas
- Pre and post trip lodging
- Any meals not mentioned
- Comfortable, well-tuned bicycle; we offer various rental options for a supplement and various levels of riders
- Alcoholic drinks
- Pure Adventures Guide gratuities


Lodging

Accommodations: best lodging in each location. All lodging includes private bath and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
- Stagecoach Hotel and Casino **
- Stovepipe Wells **
- Panamint Springs Resort **
- Furnace Creek Ranch ***
- Hyatt Place Hotel (Las Vegas hotel not included in tour price, but one we recommend)

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Guided tour - 2 guides included

- Spectacular scenery; unique on Earth; lowest point in the USA

- quiet, wide open roads with hills, well paved


Need to Know:

- lots of climbing on this trip; come prepared

- overnight temps drop dramatically, while daytime temps can get very warm

- Specific Booking Terms apply to this tour

2017 Dates: January 20-25, February 10-15, March 3-8, 2017. Temperatures during these months average in the 70’s F (21 C) during the day and upper 40’s F (9 C) during the night.

Please contact us with questions about joining a group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 4 - The Death Valley area is a mountainous region and famously drops below sea level. Rides vary from as low as 31 miles up to 55 miles. Longer rides however are the norm and the region is hilly, a good amount of climbing is required. This tour is for experienced cyclists with good fitness. We recommend road bikes for all participants.

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
Las Vegas add ons
Custom tours for groups

START: 1:00pm on Day 1. Meet your guide in the lobby of the Hyatt Place in Las Vegas.
END: Drop-off at Hyatt Place in Las Vegas on Day 6 between 2:00 and 4:00pm.
GUESTS: 4 min to 12 max
 

Local Coordinator

This revised itinerary for 2017 is now only available on a guided basis. Pure Adventures and AOA Adventures have integrated to build the best cycling tours in the western USA. Our team forms the most experienced and knowledgeable cycling tour outfitter in the southwestern USA. Our rental fleet is the largest and highest quality and all of our guides are experienced WFR certified. We have 4+ mechanics on staff and carry the most respected brands. Come experience the southwest with the local experts!  

+ Bikes & Gear
 
Bike rental options for this tour:

Specialized Allez Elite with Tiagra - $225US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Other road bike options:

Specialized Roubaix Sport with Shimano 105 - $285US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Trek Emonda SL6 with Ultegra - $390US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Specialized Tarmac SL4 w Pro Disk Ultegra Di2 - $585US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

When you rent: Upon meeting your guide at the start of the trip your bike will be ready to ride including a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, CO2 inflator, tire lever, and multi-tool. You will only be responsible for bringing your pedals, shoes, and any other personal cycling equipment (GPS computer, saddle, etc.). Helmets are required on our trips, and you are welcome to bring your own, however, we can provide one for you upon request if needed.

You may also send us your stack and reach measurements for the bike to be set up by our professional mechanics. Stack and reach? Huh? No need to worry! If you do not know your measurements we’ll spend some time before our first ride getting your bike dialed in to ensure it’s comfortable and properly fitted to you.

Would you like to bring your own bike? You are welcome to do so; and if you wanted to ship it ahead of time or need help building up your bike, we do offer a service to assist you with you own bike and we do have some policies around what we can accommodate. For example, we do not permit tandem bicycles, recumbents, aero bars, TT/triathlon bikes, or unicycles on our trips. To see our complete policy and shipping/travel tipsBike Guide to Bringing your Own bike or you can also Contact us by email.

Navigation: Throughout your cycling trip there may be periods of time where you or a small group will be short distances from other guests or guides. To ensure you follow the correct route, we will provide a mobile app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone with the routes pre-loaded for you to follow. Your guide will also have hard copies of maps and cue sheets to pass out if needed. We do not provide any GPS devices or mounting hardware. If you would like to mount your phone to your bike we recommend checking out the Quad Lock mounting system, or you can keep it in your jersey pocket.  
 
 
 
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Death Valley to Las Vegas Bike Tour

Tour Type: Supported Road Cycling Level 4
Difficulty:
Distance: 40 miles per day; shorter options available
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Availability: Fixed departures Nov-March
Cost: Starting at US$2395





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