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CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA – Death Valley and Red Rock Mountain Bike Tour
Season: Spring and Fall
Departure: Las Vegas, Nevada
Length/Stay: 5 days, First-Class Camping or Casual Inns
Fitness Level: 2-3
Technical Level: 2-3
Day 1-2: Meet in Las Vegas. Shuttle to Beatty where we ride the new Spicer Ranch Trails and enjoy a cowboy dinner. The next day, descend epic Titus Canyon into Death Valley. Camp in beautiful Monarch Canyon.
Day 3-4: Climb to the top of Chloride Cliffs and explore ancient mining ruins. Hike down Monarch Canyon to the portal view of Death Valley. Visit massive sand dunes then Stovepipe Wells. Stop at the National Park Visitor Center. Shuttle to Red Rock Canyon and ride to Bonnie Springs Old Nevada.
Day 5: Ride the beautiful trails of Cottonwood Valley nestled below the cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. Shuttle back to Las Vegas.
Special Departures: Family Getaways
Don’t expect to see wilderness, expect to experience wilderness.
While most other North American is covered with snow, we are fortunate to enjoy prime outdoor adventure in the heart of the Mojave Desert at Death Valley National Park and Red Rock Canyon.
Let us show you the power of pure open space. Revel in the wonderful detachment borne of ditching your iPhone for the Audubon Society Night Sky Field Guide.
For as cactus Ed Abbey astutely observed, “A man on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourist can in a hundred miles.”
Just northwest of Las Vegas we find a breathtaking, 3000-ft. high wave of iron-red sandstone and slate-gray limestone lapped at by 100,000 acres of upland wilderness. This surprising Red Rock wilderness is both convenient and expansive; a short drive to the trailhead can precede days of incredible singletrack riding.
Further west, we roam America’s largest national park outside Alaska, Death Valley National Park. Despite its foreboding name, Death Valley is an ideal outdoors destination for hikers and bikers. Spring’s wildflowers and the mild temperatures of fall and winter bring adventurers out to play. Hikers relish 3,000-square miles of head-space, while cyclists find expansive elbow room afforded by 350-miles of road and trails.
We cycle across the valley floor, stopping to visit historic sites reached by 1930s era Civilian Conservation Corps roads. We quickly come to appreciate the bygone wisdom of roads built to respect, rather than conquer the landscape.
We bike and hike up and around sun-baked foothills, knolls, and stacks of boulders etched in yellow clay, rose and tan. We journey down to Badwater to visit the lowest elevation point in America, 282-feet below sea level. Later we journey to Dante’s Peak, the famed overlook presenting the valley’s stark beauty below, a swirled apothecary of salts, minerals, and metals.
Each day in this storied place you wake up in unfettered hi-def horizon and relax each evening as the two-mile high, 60-mile long Panamint Mountains to the west transition from cool blue to deep purple in the evening light, while the Amargosa range to the east is bathed in sumptuous bronze tones.
When you experience this land by mountain bike, you’re certain to find that this is not simply a place to be endured, but rather a world-class outdoor recreation destination.
Since 1992, our family has shaped and led adventure travel vacations throughout the Americas and across the seas. Every year, each successive season, our passion has engendered growth: nurtured by faith, wilderness experiences, and amazing sunsets we’ve reveled in with our guests. For those of you who have trekked and traveled with us over these two and a half—if not all too fast–decades, Heather and I can only express our sincerest gratitude. For those who have yet to tour with us, thank you; for the opportunity to introduce our family-run company, epic tours, as well as our guiding principles: sustainability/low impact from every angle. Seeing to the details, our portfolio specializes in Western North America. At the same time, includes select International trekking and cycling locations, unique for their key exertive attributes, and/or Old World charm. Building on 100-plus departures and destinations, we cater and camber to the full spectrum of active traveler/respective fitness level. From road cyclist to mountain biker, thru hiker to multi-sport enthusiast, from first timer to friends and family groups, we will take care of you. Our hope is you’ll lose yourself in our website, that the decision to tour with us will be easy, even if you can’t decide on just one.
Big thanks, gratitude, and happy trails,
Jared and Heather Fisher, Owners