Death Valley

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Date: February 25 - March 1, 2018

Cost: $1,750 Member/$1,850 Non-Member

Difficulty: Easy

Details & Itinerary: Abundant salt flats, sand dunes and badlands are just a part of the varied and unusual landscape within the largest National Park in the lower 48 states. Led by geologist and travel guide, Wayne Ranney, join MNA Ventures for a five day, four night hotel-based excursion to Death Valley located at the interface of the Mohave Desert and the Great Basin. Early spring offers the beginning of wildflower season in this diverse desert environment. Daily adventures with your personal geologist begin and end in the comfort of the Furnace Creek Ranch, with evening dinners available at nearby restaurants.

Cost Includes: Transportation, lodging (double occupancy, $300 for single supplement), breakfast and lunch. Dinners are an additional expense.

Accommodations: Furnace Creek Ranch

What to Expect: We will be traveling by 12 passenger van along with a support vehicle. Our trip begins and ends in Flagstaff, ranging in elevation from 7000 ft. to 282 feet below sea level. Expect some drives on dirt roads, but not 4-wheeling. Participants should be comfortable standing and hiking for several hours. You will be asked to provide your health history and information prior to the trip. Please call (928) 774-5211 x222 if you have any concerns.

Itinerary:

  • Sunday, Feb. 25: 7:30 am meet at MNA Research Center parking lot, travel to Death Valley (DV) via Las Vegas and the Red Rock Conservation Area for picnic lunch. Enter the park through Death Valley Jct. On the way to the Furnace Creek Ranch, drive to Dante’s View for a spectacular view of DV from one mile above.
  • Monday, Feb. 26: Short driving day but numerous stops at the Visitor Center, Zabriskie Point, Artists Drive, Badwater, Devil’s Golf Course, Natural Bridge, and the Harmony Borax Works.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: Visit and walk over Mesquite Dunes. Day hike in Mosaic Canyon (about 1 mile roundtrip). Visit Harrisburg mining area. Stand atop Aguereberry Point. Visit Charcoal kilns and hike to Darwin Falls (1.5 miles roundtrip).
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: Drive Titus Canyon Road and the north end of the park. Travel to Beatty, Nevada over Daylight Pass and visit the ghost town of Rhyolite. Take the one way road down Titus Canyon over Red Pass. Visit Ubehebe Crater and Mesquite Springs.
  • Thursday, March 1: Check-out of hotel and drive south on Harry Wade Rd. to Saratoga Springs, home of the Desert pupfish in the spring water. Back to Flagstaff through Baker, Nelson and Kingman.(We will spend three full days exploring the park and heading in a different direction each day. The specific day's itinerary will be determined by weather conditions - cooler days at lower elevations and warmer days at higher elevations).

Please call (928) 774-5211 x222 with questions or concerns.

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