Death Valley Experience Run Descriptions

We have a wide variety of runs to choose from for each day of your Death Valley Experience. Use the filters to find the runs based on where they depart, or by difficulty level. We will provide a trail lunch for all registered participants at the start of each run. Be sure to equip your vehicle with a GMRS radio so you can enjoy the full experience. You must register for a 4-Day Pass to be eligible to sign up for an overnight run.


WEDNESDAY

Barker Ranch

DIFFICULT, DEPARTS FURNACE CREEK 0830
Visit the historic hideaway of the infamous Manson Family. Along the way, explore the mining camp in Warm Spring Canyon and the Butte Valley. Due to the rough condition of the backcountry roads, 4-wheel drive and high clearance are mandatory on this tour. This tour is rated difficult. The departure point for this tour will be the overflow parking area across from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
Photo of Gold Point, Nevada courtesy of Wikipedia.

Gold Point, Nevada

Moderate, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0830
This tour will take participants past the northern boundary of Death Valley National Park to the well-preserved historic mining town of Gold Point, Nevada. Along the way, this tour will visit the site of the Stateline Mine, and explore Oriental Wash and Tule Wash. Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Photo of the racetrack in Death Valley

The Racetrack

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0910
Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel. This tour will visit Ubehebe Crater, Teakettle Junction and The Racetrack, where participants can unravel the mystery of the moving rocks. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Rhyolite Mercantile

Rhyolite/Titus Canyon/Scenic Death Valley

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0930
This tour will explore the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and scenic Titus Canyon. This tour is rated easy. In addition, we will explore the central part of Death Valley National Park to include Keane Wonder Mine, Chloride City and Chloride Cliffs. This 90-mile loop includes 20 miles on dirt. Portions of this route include steep hills. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.

THURSDAY

Echo Canyon courtesy of Panamintcity.com

Echo Canyon

Difficult, Departs Furnace Creek 0850
Within Echo Canyon’s narrows is the Needle’s Eye, a natural arch. This tour leads to the Inyo Mine’s old structures and mining equipment and continues through the Funeral Mountains to the Amargosa Valley. The run to the Inyo Mine is rated easy, but the run through the Funeral Mountains is rated difficult because it is narrow and rocky. Full sized pickup trucks are not recommended. The departure point for this tour will be the overflow parking area across from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Panamint Range

Moderate, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0930
This tour will take participants to many interesting sites in the Panamint Mountains along the west side of Death Valley. The tour will visit Charcoal Kilns (weather permitting), Eureka Mine, Aguereberry Point, Skidoo, and Telephone Canyon Arch. This tour is rated moderate. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.

The Racetrack

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0850
Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel. This tour will visit Ubehebe Crater, Teakettle Junction and The Racetrack, where participants can unravel the mystery of the moving rocks. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Rhyolite Mercantile

Rhyolite/Titus Canyon

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0910
This tour will explore the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and scenic Titus Canyon. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Photo by JoMarie Fecci

Death Valley and Panamint Valley Loop (Overnight run)

Difficult, Departs Furnace Creek 0830
Explore the scenic wonders of Death Valley, Warm Spring Canyon, Butte Valley and Goler Wash. Along the way, visit the historic hideaway of the infamous Manson Family at Barker Ranch. Camp overnight in the Panamint Valley at the mouth of Coyote Canyon. The next day, visit the remains of the mining camp at Ballarat, and return to Death Valley via Wildrose Canyon. Portions of this route include steep hills and rough rock-strewn trails. This run is rated difficult. The departure point for this tour will be the overflow parking area across from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Choose the 4 Day Pass with Death Valley/Panamint Valley Overnight option when registering.
Photo by JoMarie Fecci

Panamint Valley and Death Valley Loop (Overnight run)

Difficult, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0830
This tour will follow the same route as the Death Valley and Panamint Valley Loop except in the opposite direction. Participants will explore the Panamint range, the historic mining camp at Ballarat, camp overnight in the Panamint Valley at the mouth of Coyote Canyon, and return to Death Valley via Goler Wash, Butte Valley and Warm Spring Canyon. Along the way, visit the historic hideaway of the infamous Manson Family at Barker Ranch. Portions of this route include steep hills and rough rock-strewn trails. This run is rated difficult. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area. Choose the 4 Day Pass with Panamint Valley/Death Valley Overnight option when registering.

FRIDAY

Echo Canyon courtesy of Panamintcity.com

Echo Canyon

Difficult, Departs Furnace Creek 0830
Within Echo Canyon’s narrows is the Needle’s Eye, a natural arch. This tour leads to the Inyo Mine’s old structures and mining equipment and continues through the Funeral Mountains to the Amargosa Valley. The run to the Inyo Mine is rated easy, but the run through the Funeral Mountains is rated difficult because it is narrow and rocky. Full sized pickup trucks are not recommended. The departure point for this tour will be the overflow parking area across from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
Charcoal kilns by Suzy Johnson

Panamint Range

Moderate, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0830
This tour will take participants to many interesting sites in the Panamint Mountains along the west side of Death Valley. The tour will visit Charcoal Kilns (weather permitting), Eureka Mine, Aguereberry Point, Skidoo, and Telephone Canyon Arch. This tour is rated moderate. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Rhyolite Mercantile

Rhyolite/Titus Canyon

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0850
This tour will explore the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and scenic Titus Canyon. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.

SATURDAY

Echo Canyon courtesy of Panamintcity.com

Echo Canyon

Difficult, Departs Furnace Creek 0830
Within Echo Canyon’s narrows is the Needle’s Eye, a natural arch. This tour leads to the Inyo Mine’s old structures and mining equipment and continues through the Funeral Mountains to the Amargosa Valley. The run to the Inyo Mine is rated easy, but the run through the Funeral Mountains is rated difficult because it is narrow and rocky. Full sized pickup trucks are not recommended. The departure point for this tour will be the overflow parking area across from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

The Racetrack

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0830
Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel. This tour will visit Ubehebe Crater, Teakettle Junction and The Racetrack, where participants can unravel the mystery of the moving rocks. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Rhyolite Mercantile

Rhyolite/Titus Canyon

Easy, Departs Stovepipe Wells 0850
This tour will explore the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and scenic Titus Canyon. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.
Keane Wonder Mine, courtesy Wikipedia

Scenic Central Death Valley

Moderate, Departs Furnace Creek 0850
This tour will explore the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and scenic Titus Canyon. This tour is rated easy. The departure point for this tour will be the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station overflow parking area.

Furnace Creek Staging

Stovepipe Wells Staging

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a group campsite in Death Valley?
No. We will not have a group campsite in Death Valley. Instead, please refer to the list on our website of the public and private campgrounds and hotels in and around Death Valley.
Is the Death Valley National Park entrance fee included in the registration?
No. The entrance fee is not included in the Death Valley Experience registration. If you already have an Annual, Military or Senior pass, you do not need to pay the entrance fee. If you don’t have a pass, you can purchase a 7-day pass for $30 at the Visitor Center or any of the campground kiosks. If you later decide to purchase an annual pass, the entrance fee will be applied toward the purchase.
What radio will we be using for trail communications?
A major part of the Death Valley Experience is to learn about the area from our trail guides. To do so, you need a GMRS radio capable of receiving on channels 15 – 22. If you don’t have a mobile GMRS radio, a hand held GMR radio will do.
Am I required to have a COVID-19 vaccination?
Death Valley National Park follows the Inyo County Health Department guidelines and regulations. At the present time, you do not need to have a COVID-19 vaccination to participate in Death Valley Experience 2022.
Am I required to wear a mask?
Death Valley National Park follows the Inyo County Health Department guidelines and regulations. At the present time, masks are recommended but not required to participate in Death Valley Experience 2022.
Can I get fuel in Death Valley? Is it expensive?
Furnace Creek has regular gasoline, premium gasoline and diesel. Stovepipe Wells has unleaded regular gas and the price always seems to be lower than the price in Furnace Creek but the price in both places is higher than outside the Park. Three of the runs (Echo Canyon, Rhyolite/Titus and Scenic Central Death Valley) will make a stop in Beatty, NV where the fuel prices are lower than in the Park. If you need diesel, the only options are Furnace Creek, Beatty NV or Pahrump NV (60 miles east).
Can I charge my electric vehicle in Death Valley?
Furnace Creek has level 2 chargers by the laundromat. They use a NEMA 14-50 or J-1772 plug. Beatty NV has a Tesla Supercharger and a Chargepoint charging station.
Where can I buy groceries in Death Valley?
The General Store in Furnace Creek has a grocery section with non-perishable and fresh food. The Stovepipe Wells gas station has a mini-market with a limited selection of non-perishable groceries. Beatty NV has a small grocery store. Pahrump NV has several supermarkets (Walmart, Albertsons, Smith’s).
Where can I find water to refill my water jugs and water bottles?
The Death Valley Visitor Center and all the developed campgrounds have potable water.
If my vehicles breaks down, can I get it repaired in Death Valley?
There are no automotive repair services or parts available in Death Valley. The nearest parts and service facilities are in Pahrump, NV (60 miles east). It has AutoZone, NAPA and O’Reilly stores, and a Jeep dealer.
Where can I get medical care?

In an emergency, call 911, for routine care call these facilities:

  • Amargosa Valley Medical Clinic, 1690 East Amargosa Farm Rd., Amargosa Valley, NV 89020 (775) 372-5432 M-Th 8am-6pm
  • Beatty Medical Clinic, 250 S. Irving, Beatty, NV 89003 (775) 553-9111 M-F 8am-3pm (a nurse is on duty; a physician by appointment only)
  • Desert View Regional Hospital, 360 S. Lola Lane, Pahrump, NV 89048 (775) 751-7500
Where can I get care if my pet gets sick or injured?
Animal Care Center of Pahrump, 6891 State Highway 160, Pahrump, NV 89060 (775) 751-2224 Mon-Sun 8am-5pm.
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