Bicycle Adventures, a Pacific Northwest-based active travel company specializing in two-wheel tours in North America, Hawaii’s Big Island and New Zealand, announces a series of four-day October and November departures into the largest (5,219 square miles) National Park in America’s Lower 48.
The dates for Death Valley ‘1984’ departures at $1,984 per person are Oct 12, 27; Nov 1, 6, 11. Two Death Valley Classic departures at $2,250 per person are Oct 16 and 23. (The Classic offers upgraded lodging for an additional $266 per person.) The trip starts and finishes in Las Vegas with pick up / drop off at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Las Vegas South and the Bellagio. (The rates are per person double occupancy and all inclusive except for one dinner.)
Death Valley National Park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert, spanning the border of California and Nevada, and Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level - the lowest point in North America. The region receives two inches or less of rain annually. Late fall temperatures range from the 70s to 90s. The region is home to more than 1,000 species of plants found only here (more than 50 are endemic). Unrivaled diversity of terrain includes 200 miles of eerie salt flats, velvety-looking sand dunes, crazy-stripe badlands, deep canyons and snow-tipped mountains. Guests cycle on average 30 miles a day, sometimes past abandoned mines, and they may fit in a round of golf at the world's lowest elevation course, go horseback riding or just sit in the sun by the pool at Furnace Creek Resort.
“My first time to Death Valley, I was surprised by the variety of things to see and do and just how great the cycling was. The area has historical and geological significance, which means great climbs, flat terrain, rolling hills, smooth roads – and very little traffic. This all comes with a really relaxed atmosphere,” said Todd Starnes, owner of Bicycle Adventures.
Starnes’ head bike guide and guru, Matt Paul, still dreams about the descent on Daylight Pass – six months later. “Epic view, easy corners, smooth roads, 20 miles of descending! This was the most amazing way to begin four days of perfect cycling. On the fourth day, when finishing the climb to Dante’s View, I could just about see all of the places I had ridden since entering the valley. That includes 80 miles northwest to Ubehebe Crater, 60 miles north to Daylight, 5500 feet straight down to Badwater Basin and 25 miles to Furnace Creek with Zabriskie Point in between. What a way to finish off the trip. And I still had the 25 mile descent back to the lush Furnace Creek in front of me!”
About Bicycle Adventures
Scenic byways, four and five-star accommodations and local dining and visits to National Parks are trademarks Bicycle Adventures, founded in 1984. Types of tours include Classic (25-50 miles a day), Classic Plus (50-60 miles a day) and Epic (70+ miles a day with the most demanding terrain). Value-driven Casual category trips offer budget-conscious lodging and meals, van support and shorter itineraries.
Pre-set and custom tours embrace the Pacific Northwest into Canada, California and the Southwest, as well as Colorado, South Dakota, New York, Hawaii and New Zealand. Excelling in its own backyard the Issaquah, WA-based company conducts tours of Washington State’s wine country and includes an immersion into the craft beer industry in California, Oregon and Washington.