California Joshua Tree & Death Valley Hiking Adventure

Vast Landscapes & Mojave Desert Beauty

 

Discover the stunning and diverse Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks on this exciting hiking adventure, deep in the Mojave Desert. From Palm Springs' tranquil oases, journey to Joshua Tree with its whimsical namesake trees and twisted boulders, shaped by geologic forces. Then head to Death Valley, famed for having the hottest temperature on record! Hike to Badwater Flats, the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level, and explore volcanic craters, wind-sculpted canyons, and desert dunes. Enjoy the comfort of characterful lodges and spend nights stargazing under the Milky Way!

  • Follow scenic trails in Joshua Tree and marvel at the Mojave Desert's wondrous plant life

  • Explore the craters and canyons of Death Valley, and visit the lowest point in North America

  • Delight in charming lodges and desert oases, and stargaze at two International Dark Sky Parks

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Arrive:

Palm Springs, California

Depart:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Price: from $3,995

Duration:

6 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-12 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

This trip is for appropriate for most travelers who are in generally fit condition and are able to hike from 1 mile to 4 miles on rocky terrain. This trip has one hike with a 1200-foot elevation gain.
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  • Hike in Palm Springs Oasis & Joshua Tree National Park

    Day 1

    Welcome to Palm Springs, California. An MT Sobek representative will pick you up this morning from your pre-trip hotel. After an orientation meeting, embark on your first desert hike this morning; discover the sublime resilience of plants and animals that have adapted to the desert and visit a lush oasis. Marvel at cracks in the earth formed by the San Andreas Fault, and explore Indian Canyons or the Coachella Valley Preserve (depending on conditions). Along the way your guide will provide interpretation and stories of local geology, native culture, and plant and animal life. This afternoon, go deep into Joshua Tree National Park for a hike through natural rock formations in search of the abandoned Mastodon mine!

    Accommodation: Campbell House Inn at 29 Palms

    This Historic Desert Inn sits on 25 secluded acres, surrounded by towering Washingtonia fan palms and lush gardens, the Campbell House property offers a peaceful retreat, where you can experience the quiet and calm of the open desert. This modern-day desert oasis began as a modest homestead property in 1925, established by Twentynine Palms homesteaders Bill & Elizabeth Campbell, and is truly unlike anything else you will find in the Mojave Desert.

    This historic inn is now under shared ownership with the iconic 29 Palms Inn and guests can enjoy shared amenities between both properties, including health and wellness services, yoga classes, and guided walking tours.

    Activity: 2-4 hours/3-5 miles hiking with 200' elevation

    Transportation: 1-2.5 hour private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Joshua Tree National Park

    Day 2

    Rise for a day of exploration in Joshua Tree National Park, covering 400,000 acres of designated Mojave Desert wilderness! The morning starts in Hidden Valley, dubbed the Wonderland of Rocks, where you will follow trails past monzogranite boulders and colorful petroglyphs. Along the way, learn the history of Barker Dam and see one of the best-preserved gold mills. Be wowed by native flora, including palms, yuccas, and the park's namesake Joshua trees. This afternoon head to 49 Palms Oasis, a hidden paradise and one of the five oases found within the park.

    Accommodation: Campbell House Inn at 29 Palms

    This Historic Desert Inn sits on 25 secluded acres, surrounded by towering Washingtonia fan palms and lush gardens, the Campbell House property offers a peaceful retreat, where you can experience the quiet and calm of the open desert. This modern-day desert oasis began as a modest homestead property in 1925, established by Twentynine Palms homesteaders Bill & Elizabeth Campbell, and is truly unlike anything else you will find in the Mojave Desert.

    This historic inn is now under shared ownership with the iconic 29 Palms Inn and guests can enjoy shared amenities between both properties, including health and wellness services, yoga classes, and guided walking tours.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/7 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to Mojave Desert Preserve & Death Valley National Park

    Day 3

    After breakfast, journey through the Mojave National Preserve toward Death Valley National Park. On the way, stop for a morning hike at one of the oldest and most expansive dune fields before enjoying lunch in Baker - home to the world's tallest thermometer! After lunch, continue to Death Valley for to hike the lowest point in North America at Badwater Salt Flats (282 feet below sea level) and be amazed by the palette of rock colors on Artist Drive. The best way to end the day is with stargazing! Death Valley has minimal light pollution to impede view of the stars and the Milky Way, and is a designated International Dark Sky Park.

    Accommodation: The Ranch at Death Valley

    This former working ranch has been transformed into the heartbeat of The Oasis at Death Valley and the perfect home base for exploring the largest national park in the lower 48 states - Death Valley National Park. Offering a classic mid-century feel, guest rooms are adjacent to the Furnace Creek Golf Course on sprawling lawns with easy access to the ever-refreshing 87-degree spring-fed pool, sports courts and children's playground. Many rooms open onto patios, while others have balconies overlooking the grounds.

    Activity: 2-3 hours/4 miles hiking

    Transportation: 4.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Crater Hike in Death Valley National Park

    Day 4

    Start the day with a hike along the rim of the spectacular 600-foot Ubehebe Crater - created by a powerful volcanic explosion around 300 years ago. After a short drive, stretch your legs with a half-mile walk along the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail through a salt marsh and rare pupfish habitat. Along the way, look out for a variety of birds and contemplate Death Valley as a prehistoric lake! This afternoon and evening are on your own to enjoy the amenities at the Ranch at Death Valley and Oasis resort.

    Accommodation: The Ranch at Death Valley

    This former working ranch has been transformed into the heartbeat of The Oasis at Death Valley and the perfect home base for exploring the largest national park in the lower 48 states - Death Valley National Park. Offering a classic mid-century feel, guest rooms are adjacent to the Furnace Creek Golf Course on sprawling lawns with easy access to the ever-refreshing 87-degree spring-fed pool, sports courts and children's playground. Many rooms open onto patios, while others have balconies overlooking the grounds.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/3-4 miles hiking with 500-750' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley National Park

    Day 5

    After breakfast, head out for a final day of exploration in Death Valley. Hike into Mosaic Canyon, named for its beautiful water-polished marble rock walls, and finish the afternoon with a hike to the highest sand dune in Mesquite Flat Dunes. Marvel at the vast dunes and twisted Mesquite trees, which provide a habitat for desert wildlife. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group tonight.

    Accommodation: The Ranch at Death Valley

    This former working ranch has been transformed into the heartbeat of The Oasis at Death Valley and the perfect home base for exploring the largest national park in the lower 48 states - Death Valley National Park. Offering a classic mid-century feel, guest rooms are adjacent to the Furnace Creek Golf Course on sprawling lawns with easy access to the ever-refreshing 87-degree spring-fed pool, sports courts and children's playground. Many rooms open onto patios, while others have balconies overlooking the grounds.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/6-7 miles hiking with 200-1200' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sunrise at Zabriskie Point, Visit Dante's Peak & Head to Las Vegas

    Day 6

    Wake early to see the sunrise from iconic Zabriskie Point - an otherworldly experience above the rippling badlands. Our next stop is Dante's Peak, where stunning 360-degree views of the park await! Then it's time to head to Las Vegas, with a stop for lunch on the way. The evening is yours to catch an evening flight home or spend the night on your own in Las Vegas.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

California Joshua Tree & Death Valley Hiking Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been pioneering adventure travel in North America for more than 50 years!

Reason #02

Our trips are designed for travelers who are looking for an authentic adventure, not a tourist experience - and this trip is no exception.

Reason #03

Hike with our local expert guides know the Mojave Desert's most beautiful hidden corners.

Meet your guides

Rachel Urban

Rachel Urban

Rachel began her guiding career in 1994, and has led trips throughout the US Southwest and the Canadian Rockies for the past 10 years. Rachel is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and her favorite pursuits are hiking, mountain biking, and white-water rafting. When Rachel is not on the road leading adventures she can be found relaxing in Bali, surfing, doing yoga and rejuvenating.

Khriss Urban

Khriss Urban

For over 20 years, Khriss has been leading adventure tours across the US and Canada. Patient and enthusiastic, he enjoys showing others the awe-inspiring natural world as much as he loves discovering its wonders for himself. As a Southwest expert, keen adventurer, and historian, Khriss is a great storyteller who loves spending evenings around the campfire or dinner table sharing travel tales and making new friends.

Joel Clark

Joel Clark

Never without his old battered hat, given to him by his grandfather, Joel Clark has an addiction to the wide open spaces of the West. He has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and charted his own cross-country trek across the Mojave Desert totaling some 8,000 miles. Joel is an experienced guide, leading adventure tours and horse riding expeditions through the canyon lands of Southern Utah for nearly 10 years. When he gets out his guitar around the campfire, bring a handkerchief because you're going to hear some soulful old cowboy songs.

Activities

Moderate hikes in stunning desert landscapes, cultural exploration, and nightly stargazing.

Lodging

Modern and comfortable three-star properties in five-star settings.

Climate

Death Valley is known for the hottest temperature on record, but spring and fall temperatures average highs of 75-85°F and lows of 55-65°F.

FAQ

How should I train for my California desert adventure?

The best training is hiking. Work up to hiking similar distances with your daypack loaded with the same weight and items you will be carrying on our day hikes.

Is there wildlife in the desert?

Yes! The desert is home to several mammals, reptiles, arachnids and Joshua Tree and Coachella Valley are in the direct path of migratory birds and home to over 300 bird species.

When is the best time to go on this trip?

Death Valley is the hottest, driest and lowest national park in the US and is well known for its summer blistering temperatures. For that reason, we recommend mid-October to mid-May.

Who is this trip perfect for?

This adventure is perfect for anyone who enjoys hiking in stunning desert landscapes, geology buffs, photography enthusiasts, and those who love to gaze at the stars!

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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Feb 26 - Mar 03, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 05 - 10, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 12 - 17, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 19 - 24, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 22 - 27, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 29 - Nov 03, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Nov 05 - 10, 2023
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.