Good Times Travel
17132 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Featuring a Two-Night Stay at The Ranch Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, Sightseeing With a Local Guide
March 3-5, 2024 (3-Day Tour)
Tour Package (double occupancy) $899 p.p.
Single Occupancy (no roommate) +$350 p.p.
Triple Occupancy -$50 p.p.
Activity Level 2
Pace Level 2
Ever since the first immigrants saw Death Valley, fantastic tales have been told of its incredible temperatures and enormous riches. Surprisingly, these exaggerations may not be too far from reality in describing this narrow valley of strange, exciting beauty, cradled between towering, multicolored mountains. Now comes your opportunity to experience this inviting and alluring Valley at a typically delightful time of year – to walk on its soil, to gaze upon its eclectic geological formations and to relax under its horizon while enjoying a two-night stay at The Ranch at Death Valley, located in the heart of the national park.
From our departure points this morning, we’ll travel onboard our deluxe motorcoach through the Mojave Desert making a rest stop and stop for lunch on your own in before entering Death Valley National Park this afternoon. As the hottest, driest, and lowest national park, Death Valley is a land of extremes and a remarkable natural treasure. From snow-capped peaks and blooming wildflowers to sweeping dunes and vast salt flats, this place of unexpected contrasts is a kaleidoscope of geological formations and man-made wonders that can’t be found anywhere else in the world! Late this afternoon we arrive at Furnace Creek and The Oasis at Death Valley, the lush oasis surrounded by the vast desert in the heart of the national park. We’ll enjoy a two-night stay at The Ranch at Death Valley, the western-themed resort that sits on land once owned by the Pacific Coast Borax Company and the now famous, Borax 20-Mule Teams. The ranch is part dude ranch and part national park lodge, creating a true western atmosphere. With a classic mid-century feel, the ranch accommodations are set in several two-story buildings arranged around broad lawns. The recently renovated rooms feature two beds and French doors leading to a patio or balcony so you can gaze upon the stars ‒ and stars you shall see! Death Valley National Park is designated as a “Gold Tier” Dark Sky Park, the highest level awarded. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure to visit the Borax Museum, take a swim in the spring-fed swimming pool that is always set at 87 degrees, play games on the large grassy lawns and sports courts and enjoy dinner on your own at the recently rebuilt restaurants which are now part of a re-imagined Spanish Colonial Revival town square with towering date palms and missionstyle California architecture.
After an included breakfast at the Ranch, we’ll be joined by a local guide who will bring to life the geology, flora, fauna, history, legends and hidden wonders within this incredible national park. We’ll visit the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center which features exhibits and photos of Death Valley’s history, culture and geological wonders. We’ll then continue south to lower Death Valley to visit the lowest point in the western hemisphere at Badwater Basin (282 feet below sea level). Here an expansive salt flat, devoid of obvious life, appears as a serene white blanket spanning for miles. An accessible boardwalk provides easy access to walk out to the salt flat. At Devil’s Golf Course we’ll admire the incredible landscape of crystalline salt rock that has been heavily eroded by wind and rain, forming jagged and erratic shapes on the valley floor where ‘only the devil could play golf on such rough links.’ We’ll enjoy an included lunch and time to explore the iconic Inn at Death Valley. Known as “Jewel of Death Valley,” this AAA Four Diamond hotel has been an elegant hideaway here since 1927. One of the National Park System’s premier hotels, the Inn features an expansive palm garden to stroll through. This afternoon we’ll stop at Zabriskie Point, the most famous viewpoint in Death Valley which provides unparalleled views of the Valley and the iconic Manly Beacon. We’ll visit Harmony Borax Works to learn how borax was discovered in this area, how 20-mule teams transported it and what importance borax still has to the world today. We’ll visit the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the largest dune field in the park. This vast area features mountain-fringed rolling sand dunes reaching 100 feet in height. All the while, we’ll be on lookout for wildflowers as this is the time of year that wildflowers can be seen in Death Valley (though mother nature is at work here and the rains during the fall and winter prior will determine what flowers there are to see). We return to the Ranch in the late afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Following an included breakfast at the Ranch, we’ll begin our journey home, making rest stops and
a stop for lunch on your own enroute. We’ll return to our drop-off points this evening with many
fond memories of our time in Death Valley National Park surrounded by its flamboyant coloring,
geologic phenomena and peaceful serenity. (Breakfast)
While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary.
Visit our Departure Points page for more details on each location.
|FV – Fountain Valley at the Good Times Travel office
|17132 Magnolia St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
|LBCC-O – Long Beach City College Lot "O"
|4900 E. Conant St., Long Beach, CA 90808
|LHS – Laguna Hills Mall Southeast Parking Lot
|24327 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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