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Delving Into Death Valley

For those active travelers who have a hard time choosing between hiking and cycling, Timberline Adventures will offer the opportunity to do both in eastern California’s Death Valley this winter.First up is the Death Valley Hiking Tour, scheduled for February 15-20, 2015, and including a van transfer from Las Vegas to the Park. Covering over a million hectares of the Mojave desert in California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park contains a wondrous array of landscapes – undulating sand dunes, shimmering salt flats, colorful canyons, and mountains—and is home to over a thousand species of plants found nowhere else.

 

Guests on the 6-day/5-night tour will delight in the startling colors of Mosaic Canyon, the improbability of a waterfall in Fall Canyon, and the breathtaking views from the rim of Ubehebe Volcanic Crater. Reliably sunny skies and February daytime temperatures in the mid-20s make for ideal hiking conditions.

 

Death Valley is also the site of one of Timberline Adventures' signature Base Camp Cycling Tours. These trips focus on thoroughly exploring choice locations with superb and plentiful riding routes, as well as excellent lodging and amenities. Our base camp for this tour will be the Furnace Creek Ranch and Resort, located in the heart of the National Park. Daily mileage on the 5-day/4-night tour varies between 64-112 kilometers on smooth roads with sparse traffic and phenomenal views.

 

The colorful manganese- and iron-rich hillsides and lizards zipping through the brush alongside the road provide a nice distraction during our climbs. The stellar views reward riders beyond expectation. On a clear February day it's possible to spot the highest and lowest points in the park simultaneously (snow-dusted Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet and Badwater at 282 feet below sea level). In terms of spectacular scenery, Death Valley does not disappoint.

 

Timberline Adventures' per person, double occupancy rates include inn or lodge accommodations, meals, van shuttles, detailed daily route maps, cycling cue sheets, and narratives, park permits and fees, and professional guide services.www.timbertours.com






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