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Death Valley National Park, CA

Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2021 -- $1275 ★★

Death Valley National Park is a land of superlatives. Whether it's the highest recorded temperature (134°), the lowest elevation (Badwater Basin -282' below sea level) being the driest or the most beautiful (OK, that one is totally subjective), Death Valley delivers.

Unlike previous years where this was a base-camping only trip, This year we will backpack the so-called Marble Canyon Loop over 4 days and surround it with 2 days of base-camping / day-hiking to see other park features. Our frontcountry nights will be in Stovepipe Wells Campground, where we'll shuttle to some of the park's featured areas such as Badwater Basin, the Devil's Golf Course and Ubehebe Crater.

This is an excellent (and temperate) time of year to visit this amazing graben. (What the hell is a graben?) So why not sign up now?


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the high 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 90 and as low as 30, with an occasional chance of rain but more likely Virga (where rain evaporates before hitting the ground). Here is the historical February weather. Be prepared with lots of sun protection and water containers that add up to 6 liters of capacity.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Danielle Piscatelli


$1275 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Las Vegas (LAS), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, round-trip ground transportation from Las Vegas to the National Park, 6 days of trail meals, National Park permits, insurance, campground fees and awesome guides.


Death Valley can be hot during the day. The amount of water necessary during the Marble Canyon backpacking portion may be 2 gallons.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Fly into McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving at say, 11AM or 5PM, then do so.

Take the free airport shuttle to our local hotel Hampton Inn & Suites, Las Vegas Airport, 6575 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119, (702) 647-8000

Equipment shakedown

"Before" measurements taken

Trail mix distribution

Go to REI Las Vegas, 710 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145, (702) 951-4488, for last minute or forgotten equipment

Go out for group dinner (Dinner not included in trip cost)

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Early (6AM) wake-up

Second set of "before" measurements taken

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage. Try to keep this to a small amount of stuff.

Free breakfast at Hotel

Car shuttle 3 hours to Death Valley

Drive to Stovepipe Wells Campground, and grab a FCFS campsite

Have lunch at camp

Shuttle to Badwater Basin

Day-Hike 1.0 round trip miles to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, elevation -282'

Day-Hike 1.0 round trip miles to Natural Bridge, elevation 834'

Driving Tour to the Devil's Golf Course with a stop at the end, no real hiking here

Driving Tour through Artist's Palette Drive with a stop near the multi-colored palette

Day-Hike 0.3 miles at the Harmony Borax Works, elevation -200'

Camp at Stovepipe Wells Campground,, elevation 10'

Miles today: 2.3. Total miles: 2.3

Possible bailout: Stovepipe Wells Campground

Monday, March 15, 2021

Break / Strike Camp. Fill all water vessels with 8 liters of water as there is none tonight.

Shuttle to Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop, elevation 300'. If we do not have 4WD high clearance vehicles, we may have to hike an extra 2 miles over the Jeep road.

Here is a topo map of the Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop,

Hike 2.0 miles to the trailhead (if no 4WD vehicle) to Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Junction, elevation 1175'

Hike about 5.0 miles along Marble Canyon Road.

Dispersed Camp along Marble Canyon Rd., elevation 1880'. There is no water here.

Miles today: 5.0 or 7.0. Total miles: 7.3 or 9.3

Possible bailout: Cottonwood-Marble Canyoon Rd

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Hike about 7.0 miles to Cottonwood Springs, elevation 3600'

Dispersed Camp at Cottonwood Springs, elevation 3600'. Water here is as reliable as any place along this trail.

Miles today: 7.0. Total miles: 14.3 or 16.3

Possible bailout: 1 day away

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Hike about 6.0 miles to Deadhorse Springs, elevation 3300'

Dispersed Camp at Deadhorse Seasonal Springs, elevation 3300'. Water here is fairly reliable but if it's a dry year we will need to carry 8 liters from Cottonwood Springs

Miles today: 6.0. Total miles: 20.3 or 22.3

Possible bailout: 1 day away

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Hike about 8.3 or 10.3 miles back to the shuttle vehicle(s), elevation 1175' or 300'

Shuttle to Stovepipe Wells

Frontcountry camp at Stovepipe Wells, sites are first come first served

Miles today: 8.3 or 10.3. Total miles: 28.6 or 32.6

Possible bailout: Stovepipe Wells

Friday, March 19, 2021

Pack up camp

Shuttle about 10 miles to Ubehebe Crater

Day-Hike about 2.0 miles around and into Ubehebe Crater as well as Little Hebe Crater

End of hiking

Miles today: 2.0. Total miles: 30.6 pr 34.6

Shuttle 3 hours back to Las Vegas

Check back into our local hotel Hampton Inn & Suites, Las Vegas Airport, 6575 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119, (702) 647-8000

After measurements taken

Dinner and awards Ceremony. Dinner not included in trip cost.

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Free Hotel Breakfast

Take Free Airport Shuttle

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