Death Valley National Park
Escape to one of the greatest surprises in the West and a cycling experience that simply cannot be duplicated anywhere else on the planet. This charitable cycling challenge explores the absolute best of Death Valley National Park, a renown cyclist's paradise with little car traffic, pleasant springtime weather, and unparalleled desert vistas. In springtime, the average daytime high is 72-80 degrees – great cycling weather!
On Climate Ride Death Valley, you'll spend four days cycling 250 miles of paved roads passing spectacular salt flats, desert oases, cathedrals of red rock, and views of towering mountains like Telescope Peak (11,000 feet). With comfortable daytime temperatures, roads that are practically empty to cars, and the fact that you’re cycling below sea level, it’s the perfect spring training! Additional adventures include short hikes and soothing dips in hot springs. Professional guides will accompany us each day to share knowledge about the area’s unique ecosystem for you to bring home to your community.
Wildlife and wildflowers animate the space between salt spires and sand dunes in this epic park. When the desert sun drops below the jagged horizon, the dazzling night sky sparks wonderment with its display of stars. This is a once in a lifetime experience, and we want you to join us!
|Trip Dates:||February 24 - March 1, 2018|
|Start Location:||Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley NP|
|End Location:||Furnace Creek, Death Valley NP|
|Fundraising Commitment:||$3,000 minimum|
|Trip Length:||6 days|
|Activity:||4 days riding|
|Total Mileage:||234 to 255, with multiple daily mileage options|
|Average Daily Mileage:||61|
|Maximum Group Size:||30 people|
|$500 to be raised by:||January 5, 2018|
|$1500 to be raised by:||January 26, 2018|
|$3000 to be raised by:||February 16, 2018|
|Transfer Deadline||February 2, 2018|
Note: If you'd like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don't worry. We're here to help you get up to speed!
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Cyclists must arrive into Las Vegas, NV no later than 12:00 pm as we'll need to incorporate 4 hours post-arrival for our drive to camp and bike fitting). We will have two locations to pick up bike riders: the McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Hyatt Place Hotel.
Please see below for details on car parking and pickups. We will arrive at our camp around 5 pm to enjoy our first evening together!
Day 2 – Bike from Stovepipe to Panamint Springs – 31 or 52 miles
We begin our journey from Stovepipe Wells at sea level to Panamint Springs. It is a steady climb, and at 2000 ft we get to Emigrant Junction, where we take the road to Wildrose Canyon. This bike route takes us via Emigrant Pass (5328 ft) to our lunch spot high in the mountains. After lunch, you have the option to visit the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns, cycle back through Emigrant Pass, or shuttle to camp. NOTE: due to ongoing road closures at Wildrose, this is an alternate route for this day that takes us back to the highway and an optional climb. The full mileage is close to 100 miles, so be prepared to shuttle part of this day.
Day 3 – Bike from Panamint Springs to Furnace Creek – 56 miles
Day 3 is another amazing and challenging day of cycling from Panamint Springs to Furnace Creek. After cycling 24 miles we encounter Towne Pass (4956 ft) followed by an 18 mile downhill - 5000 ft of a continuous drop to Stovepipe Wells and the bottom of Death Valley. We continue down the valley over undulating terrain to the oasis of Furnace Creek. Although we'll climb 3400 ft today we get to enjoy a 5000 ft downhill to our overnight stop!
Day 4 – Bike from Furnace Creek to Shoshone – 79 miles
Well-rested, we will head out, passing the nearly evaporated Lake Manley, which at one point filled the entire valley. Maybe you'll catch sight of a tiny Pupfish, a remnant of those wetter days, forced to adapt to dry conditions by learning to live in water five times as salty as the oceans. Then, we venture to Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America and eighth lowest location on earth at 282 ft below sea level! We begin with a steady climb into the clean air of the Amargosa River Valley and as we start descending we begin to breathe the crisp, clean air of Shoshone’s world-class skies and take in the geology that marvel’s the town’s colorful history and rich mining district.
Day 5 – Ride from Shoshone to Furnace Creek – 64 miles
Climb up and out of Amargosa Valley on your bike after sampling the healing waters of Shoshone hot springs and pool. The climb out (via Death Valley Junction) is long but never steep, and once over the top the run south through the Greenwater Mountains is all downhill. Following an optional stop at Zabriskie Point – one of the most panoramic views in the park – we head downhill to celebrate our cycling accomplishment for the week with an amazing dinner.
Day 6 – Departure Day
This morning we say goodbye to beautiful Death Valley. We will shuttle back to Las Vegas with drop-offs at the preferred hotel and the airport. We will return to Las Vegas by 12 pm, so you should arrange for afternoon flights no earlier than 2 pm, or you can stay extend your stay.
The cycling trip begins with pickups in Las Vegas, NV, which is very easy to get to. McCarran International Airport (LAS) is located on the south end of the Strip. Cyclists MUST arrive into Las Vegas, NV no later than 12 pm on the day the trip begins. Our shuttle information is below (we have a 3-hour shuttle to our camp).
The shuttle will pick up at the airport (Terminal 1 on level Zero) at 1 pm.
The shuttle will pick up at the Hyatt Place Las Vegas at 1:30 pm.
The Hyatt Place is a preferred hotel with special rates if you plan to stay in Las Vegas before and after the ride (more information about this pre/post-ride hotel option and pricing will be included in your Travel Planner after you register).
If you are driving to Las Vegas, you have several options for parking your car for the week. You can park at the Hyatt Place Hotel where we can pick you up for the trip. The airport has long-term parking available for $16/day. An alternative is OneStopParking – they list local hotels where you can park for a fee, sometimes as low as $4.25/day. A full list of Las Vegas parking garages can be found here.
When the trip ends, we will shuttle you back to Las Vegas with drop-offs at the preferred hotel and the airport. We will return to Las Vegas by 12 pm so you can book afternoon flights after 2 pm, or you can stay extend your stay.