Discover the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at Death Valley National Park, the largest National Park in the U.S., on this guided, full-day excursion from Las Vegas. Travel on board an air-conditioned minibus to one of the most desolate places on earth, and learn about Death Valley’s history, landscape, and wildlife along the way. See other desert highlights including Furnace Creek, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, and more. A boxed lunch, plenty of bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
Small-group Death Valley day trip from Las Vegas
Take in the views at Zabriskie Point and Artist’s Palette
Stop at Furnace Creek, the land of the Timbisha Native Americans
Journey to Dante's Peak, the highest point in the park
Walk out onto the 200 square mile salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere
Hotel pickup and drop-off, boxed lunch, and plenty of bottled water included
Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience
Pickup is available from hotels within a 3-mile radius of the Las Vegas Strip.
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
This Death Valley tour begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas followed by a drive to Death Valley National Park in the Mojave Desert. Upon arrival, visit Zabriskie Point to experience one of the park’s most famous views — a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands. Then travel the scenic loop through the multi-hued hills of Artist’s Drive to the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level. This surreal landscape features one of the largest protected salt flats in the world — too harsh for most plants and animals to survive in. You'll also experience one of the most impressive views in Death Valley: Dante’s Peak, a mountaintop overlook more than 5,000 feet above the valley. Along the way, learn about Death Valley’s history, landscape, and wildlife, plus the urban legends of ghost towns and long-abandoned gold mines. A boxed lunch and plenty of bottled water are included. Finally, make a brief stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to browse some of the books for sale and collect a Death Valley stamp for a National Park passport, if desired. The tour ends with a return trip to Las Vegas and a hotel drop-off.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 7 years
Maximum of 13 people per tour
Boxed lunches include a choice between a turkey, roast beef or vegetarian sandwich. Please advise at the time of booking your sandwich preference. If you do not, a vegetarian sandwich will be provided.
Please wear comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen
Death Valley temperatures can exceed 115°F (approx. 45 °C) between June and September, please stay hydrated. Plenty of bottled water is provided.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Pick up/drop was easy and as expected.
Van was clean and comfortable.
The trouble began with tour guide- he seemed to lack solid knowledge of the formations/desert sights we were seeing. Moreover, nothing was conveyed in a concise or cohesive manner as most tour guides do. The whole car ride to the park was full of our guide's incessant chatter about his own personal stories about life in Nevada. Yet, when we visited the desert sights most of us had no idea which locations he had brought us to! All his talk was for nothing- we really didn't get a good idea about what we were seeing.
I think, all in all, Death Valley is an amazing place to visit but I would have rather gone without our guide or used another tour group.
Last note- lunch was not good at all, especially for the price paid per person. It consists of Jenny-O sandwich meat on a soggy roll, a bag of lays chips, water and a cookie someone packed in a sandwich bag.
119 degrees! But an excellent trip led by an excellent guide (Kriss).Very informative about geology,history of the area,natural history,early settlers etc.At this temperature though you can't be away from the air conditioning of the minibus more than say 10 minutes.Very good add on to the Grand Canyon and adjacent parks (which we had just done). Minibus fine for a day trip but would be a bit cramped for a longer trip.
Amazingly surprised trip to Death Valley with my daughter. Our guide Jenni is very knowledgeable and gave us so much info not only about Death Valley but Las Vegas too. We had so much fun. Highly recommend this trip - photos doesnt do it justices. It was just AMAZING. Thank you Jenni.
For the money this was a poor tour. It cost quite a lot of money and I had expected much more. The amount of time actually spent in Death Valley was minimal. Our visit to Furnace Creek consisted of sitting under a tree with a sandwich. The so called picnic left a lot to be desired. My own was ordered specifically for a vegetarian and was as sloppy roll with some salad...not even a slice of cheese! the guide never stopped for breath...most of his nattering was about himself, his interest in reading and the stories he had read. Spend your hard earned cash eslewhere.
We are so sorry that you felt your Death Valley tour was not up to standard. Our vegetarian lunch comes with cheese. The salad comes separately so that you can add tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber to your choice. Your lunch also comes with a fruit cup, potato chips and a cookie. On the date that you visited Death Valley the Furnace Creek picnic area was under construction unannounced and all other available picnic tables were taken so your guide offered the best available alternative that he could. We will address your comment about your guide talking too much, you should have some quiet time to enjoy the beautiful drive on the way back to Las Vegas.
The scale of Death Valley is awesome and stunning. Our guide Kriss from Brindlestiff Tours really helped to make the day very special.
We were collected on time at 0800 at our hotel New York New York. Once in the area, stops at several points, display the uniqueness of the place. It's hot as you would expect, but cold water and air conditioning in the coach helped alleviate matters. The standard tour visits Dante's View, Zabriski Point, Devils Golf Course, Badwater and the Artist's Palette. We were returned to our hotel at 1700 hours. Brilliant a Day.
Kriss was an excellent tour guide! He's knowledgeable, articulate, and a very nice guy. It was cooler than usual, 108 degrees. Wow! Be prepared for the heat. The route and views were very good. Great stops for time to stretch and take awesome photos. The van was fairly comfortable however leg room was limited. Overall, we're very glad we booked it. Viator delivered once again!
Pros: I can only give high rating to our guide Joel C. He was knowledgable and friendly. There was plenty of water provided.
Cons: Everything else was disappointing - the van was too small for 11 people, seats were VERY uncomfortable for such a long drive my friend is 5'4 and even she complained there was no space for a small backpack and not enough cup/bottle holders.
The four stops we did were VERY short 10-20min, but we had lunch for an hour. Why?
Doesn't seem to be well planned. 15 minis not enough time to enjoy the amazing views and take pictures because we needed to do a bit of walk on most of the stops to get to the photo opportunity. It was VERY frustrating that we were always rushed to come back to the van.
The guide would not start the van and A/C until all people from the group came back. Why?
The lunch sandwich was bottom-of-barrel.
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your review feedback. We are sorry to hear there were some aspects of your tour that you did not enjoy. Please be aware, we use brand new 2017 15-passenger touring vehicles with individual reclining seats, enlarged viewing windows, stand-up room and charging points for phones/cameras. As there were only 11 guests on your tour, you are always welcome to move to a spare seat and spread out if desired. All 15 seats have ample storage underneath for day packs. We typically allow 15-20 mins per stop, however, in the extreme summer heat that Death Valley is famous for guests often opt for less time than that outside the van. Lunch is prepared fresh daily and includes a fresh sub of your choice, a fruit cup, cookie and and packet of potato chips. Lunch is taken at Furnace Creek which offers a chance to visit the gift shop, Borax museum, post office and multiple mining exhibits. We find that for most guests 45 mins to 1 hour is the perfect amount of time to see everything that this area has to offer. With regards to starting the van whilst waiting for guests- this practice is strongly forbidden by the park service for environmental reasons- no tour buses are permitted to do this and attempt to do do is a direct violation of our operating permit into this and all national parks. Walking is also strictly prohibited in the summer due to extreme heat dangers and as such this tour is advertised as a sightseeing tour rather than a walking tour. Again, we are sorry this tour did not meet your expectations, but we are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with our fantastic guide, Joel.