Death Valley Experience


Russ Chung

Run Descriptions

We are offering several runs for all four days of the event that stage from either Stovepipe Wells or Furnace Creek. Visit the run descriptions page for more information. You will need your run choices handy for registration.

Death Valley Experience

The misconception that the desert is all monotony and sameness is quickly obliterated in Death Valley. The light along roads such as Artists Drive paints cliffs all shades of gold and red, as well as blue and green. A four-wheel trek through Tutus (sic) Canyon in the Grapevine Mountains takes me past ghost towns and along harrowing ridges.

Andrew McCarthy, Wall St. Journal, March, 9, 2016

Whether you are an experienced Death Valley explorer or if you’ve never been to Death Valley, you don’t want to miss Cal4Wheel’s Death Valley Experience.  This event serves three purposes:

  1. It provides an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Death Valley at the best time of the year for a visit,
  2. It is a fund raiser for Cal4Wheel to help keep public lands open for motorized recreation,
  3. It is a lot of fun!

Each day, trail guides will lead small groups of explorers into the backcountry of Death Valley National Park to visit scenic and historic points of interest.  All of these runs are suitable for novice drivers and vehicles with four-wheel or all-wheel drive and good ground clearance.  Participants can choose up to four runs from a menu of nine different routes.  Seven of the routes are day runs; two of them are overnight runs.  Some of the points of interest include:

  • Titus Canyon
  • The Racetrack
  • Teakettle Junction
  • Charcoal Kilns
  • Chloride Cliffs
  • Keane Wonder Mine
  • Striped Butte
  • Needle’s Eye
  • Inyo Mine
  • Aguereberry Point
  • Skidoo
  • Rhyolite
  • Stateline Mine

Each evening, participants will gather in the Courtyard behind the Death Valley Visitor Center to share knowledge about the natural wonders and the history of Death Valley. The last night of Death Valley Experience will also feature prize raffles.

Participants must make their own arrangements for accommodations.  Fortunately, there are plenty of hotel rooms, park service campgrounds, private campgrounds, RV parks and primitive camp sites in all price ranges available throughout the park.  See our website for a list of accommodations.  Lunch is provided with all one-day runs.  Lunch and dinner are provided with all overnight runs.  Participants are responsible for all other meals.  Restaurants are located in Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Panamint Springs.  Groceries are available in Furnace Creek.

The run schedule, registration and other information about Death Valley Experience is available at this link

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