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5 Days Death Valley and Red Rock Mountain Bike Tour in USA
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Monarch Canyon, Inyo County, Death Valley National Park, Eastern California, California, USA

Guided Bike Tour in USA

While most other North American mountain bike hot spots are covered with snow, you are fortunate to enjoy prime riding in the heart of the Mojave Desert at Death Valley National Park and Red Rock Canyon. Leaving the tourist spots behind, you will mountain bike into the surprising backcountry of Death Valley. You will find excitement along the route with an ancient mining track, abandoned crystal mines, petroglyphs, ghost towns, and many other added to the list. Join this mountain bike holiday and complete your appreciation for the untamed Spirit of the Mojave!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: paved road, Jeep road, and singletrack
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 90 - 160 Miles / 144.8 - 257.4 Kilometers
  • Average Elevation: 1127.7 - 2225 Meter / 3700 - 7300 Feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking, Adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • E-bike: Not available

Highlights

  • 5 days of bike tour
  • Support vehicle for the tour
  • Assistance of 2 best-trained guides
  • Bike maintenance, first aid, and a souvenir shirt
  • Camping and community gear included
  • Full board meals and snacks
  • 4 nights’ lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be camping at Monarch Canyon for three nights. On the last night, you will be staying inside Red Rock Canyon at the Bonnie Springs Ranch, a classic inn with its own reconstructed frontier town. This trip features scenic primitive campsites with no running water. At each of the primitive camps, you utilize your own portable toilet and exercise a leave-no-trace policy. There are hot showers available on the third day. On all other nights, a solar shower will be available. Your camping gears include a three-man tent with fly and ground tarp, a three-season 30-degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow (you provide the pillowcase), and a self-inflating ground pad.

Program

Meeting information

  • Location: Element Hotel
  • Address: 10555 Discovery Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135
  • Time: 09:00
  • Note: This hotel is located next door to Escape Adventures's world-class tour center and bike shop. Element Hotel offers a complimentary breakfast and an excellent rate for guests of Escape Adventures. You will return to the Element around 15:00 on the last day.

Program

Leaving the tourist spots behind, you will mountain bike into the surprising backcountry of Death Valley. Your first ride, Dante’s View, is a 6000-foot descent from the abrupt peaks behind Badwater to the golden foothills of Mustard Canyon. A ride along an ancient mining track to the top of Chloride Cliffs reveals both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States from a single vantage point. Abandoned crystal mines dot the region, while a deep narrowing canyon takes you past petroglyphs and ghost towns. A seldom-traveled dirt road winds right over the top of Keystone Thrust into the backside of Red Rock Canyon. Finally, two days of non-stop wild mustang trails complete your appreciation for the untamed Spirit of the Mojave.

Itinerary

Day 1: Death Valley National Park and Artist Drive

After meeting in Las Vegas, you shuttle to Death Valley National Park to begin your ride. You stretch your legs with visits to Furnace Creek Resort, Badwater (the lowest, driest, and hottest spot in the United States) and the National Park's Visitor Center. Then you unload the bikes and ride to the Artist's Drive, an area so rich with mineral diversity that it resembles a larger-than-life painter’s palette. The scenic loop ride is a great way to become acquainted with Death Valley. After a full day of historical sightseeing and riding, you shuttle to the eastern edge of the park where you will set up camp in the Monarch Canyon.

  • Mileage: 15 miles and sightseeing
  • Terrain: paved road with van support
  • Accommodation: Monarch Canyon

Day 2: Titus Canyon

A short 30-minute shuttle takes you to Titus Canyon where you will ride up and over White Pass and Red Pass to the top of the Grapevine Mountains. The reward for your climb? A scenic 5,600-foot descent through Titus' increasingly narrow canyon walls to the valley floor. After this spectacular ride, you will shuttle back to your camp in Monarch Canyon.

  • Mileage: 25 miles
  • Terrain: Jeep road
  • Accommodation: Monarch Canyon

Day 3: Chloride Cliffs

Leaving camp, you ride up the old Chloride Cliffs jeep road for a rare king-of-the-hill view of both the Badwater lowlands and Mount Whitney. Today’s highlight is a chance to prospect abandoned crystal mines in the top of the mountain. Later, you will descend nearly 2,000 feet back to camp. In the afternoon, an optional two-mile hike through Monarch Canyon offers the opportunity to explore a ghosted stamping mill and a clear portal view from atop a seasonal waterfall.

  • Mileage: 14 miles and 2-mile hike
  • Terrain: Jeep road
  • Accommodation: Monarch Canyon

Day 4: Rhyolite, Spicer Ranch, Cottonwood Valley

After packing up, you take a short 50-minute shuttle to Beatty, Nevada and the all-new Spicer Ranch Mountain Bike Park. This park is purpose-built mountain bike trails meshed with wild burro trails making a fantastic array of riding. Plutonium Ridge, takes you far into the backcountry of the Mojave Desert overlooking Beatty Wash. After descending a fast ridgeline back to Spicer Ranch, and if your legs are willing, try out the Dynamite Trail. Exhilarating 2-mile loop! After lunch at the Ranch, you head out to Red Rock Canyon, west of Las Vegas. Once in Red Rock, get ready for some of the fastest finest single-track in the west. You will follow some of the favorite trails in Cottonwood Valley for the remainder of the afternoon before riding into Bonnie Springs, old Nevada ghost town, where you will be staying for the night.

  • Mileage: 14 miles - 40 miles
  • Terrain: single track with no van support
  • Accommodation: Bonnie Springs Ranch

Day 5: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area - Mustang Trails

You start your final day riding Red Rock's Mustang Trail single-track system. Initially stomped out by horses and burros over 100 years ago, these trails are now shared by mountain bikers and wild mustang descendants who roam free and are protected in the National Conservation Area. You then ride to the small town of Blue Diamond for lunch before shuttling back to Las Vegas.

  • Mileage: 12 - 15 miles
  • Terrain: single track with no van support

Note

This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Inns are subject to change.

Beginner:

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

This cycling tour will take place in Death Valley National Park in California and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada, USA. It may be the Mojave “desert” and home to some of the hottest temperatures on record, but it sure gets cold at night so prepare to warm yourself while staying in the area.

Food

During the tour, all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day will be prepared by your experienced guides for you. Your guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local, and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride and a delicious meal at the same time, including dessert too.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days of guided biking
  • Support vehicle
  • Bike maintenance
  • Camping gear
  • First aid
  • Community gear
  • Souvenir shirt
  • Full board meals and snacks
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Bike rental (Santa Cruz and Specialized mountain bike)
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at McCarran International Airport (LAS).

You can find car rentals available at the airport. Escape Adventures recommends arriving at your meeting location at least 12 hours prior to your departure time in order to have time to rest before the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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