A Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park hiking tour is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs and one of the best warm winter vacations in the United States! In March the skies are clear and sunny (but not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. In addition to unique ecology and engaging human history, there is fascinating geology that our guides will help us understand. We'll visit Rhyolite Ghost Town with its deserted ruins; see deserted mines; a salt water river in the desert; a desert oasis home to the famous pup fish, hike at the lowest point in the whole US; along the rim of a volcano and through surreal geologic formations. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mystic status for many of us. By the end of the trip you'll have higher Vitamin D levels and a whole new appreciation of this unique landscape. Maximum group size: 12
This trip is designed for any active woman who wants to explore Death Valley. This is an excellent trip for novice hikers: the hikes, while providing both variety and challenge, are moderate in length, and the guides will provide tips and instruction so that by the end you will be a confident hiker. A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
On this trip we combine hiking with learning about the unique geology and fascinating human history of the area. In addition to hiking, you'll explore the very different geology of Golden Canyon, Ubehebe Crater, Skull Rock, Wonderland of Rocks and 49 Palms. A visit to Rhyolite, Barker Dam, Hidden Valley will give you insight into the human drama and mining history of Death Valley.
We'll start with one night at a hotel in Las Vegas and then spend three nights at Furnace Creek Ranch. We will be staying in the deluxe rooms, which have French doors leading to small patios adjacent to the park/pool area, two queen beds, air conditioning, hair dryers, in-room coffee makers, TV, phone, full private bath and mini refrigerator.
When we visit Joshua Tree we will stay at the historic 29 Palms Inn, http://www.29palmsinn.com/ located on a 9,000 year old oasis surrounded by the Mojave Desert. We will stay in wood framed cabins each with a unique configurations. All will have a full-bath, 2 beds and the promise beautiful desert views. On the last night of the trip we will stay in Palm Springs at a hotel with easy access to the airport.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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