1707: Explore Death Valley, The Coolest Place in North America

Date and Time

Friday, April 21, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017


Other U.S.,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Established as a National Park in 1994, Death Valley contains the lowest, hottest and driest spot in North America. Few visitors expect the kaleidoscope of color that enlivens its badlands, slot canyons, and mountains. The National Park has one of the most breathtaking expanses of nature in the United States and one of the most extreme environments on Earth! At 3.4 million acres, Death Valley is the largest national Park south of Alaska. It's an explorer's treasure-trove whose desert expanses are anything but barren. It was named by California gold seekers in 1849 that had to cross the desolate landscape in order to reach their 'Gold Fields'. We will travel the same routes the 49ers did, explore ghost towns, desert waterfalls, wildlife refuges, hot springs, and saloons. We will also drop in to Badwater Basin, the lowest dry point in America at 282 ft. below sea level. In addition to all this, the area affords visitors an opportunity to gaze into the darkest skies in the United States.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $1,750 member / $1,750 non-member
*Ground transportation (4wd vehicles), accommodations (hotels, lodges) and dinners included, Airfare not included (est. $500).

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Adults (18+)


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John Crist has been an active four season hike, Nordic ski and backpack leader for the Connecticut Chapter for the past 12 years. In addition John is a graduate and past instructor for the AMC's Mountain Leadership School based in Crawford Notch, NH. He recently co-led a 10 day backpacking trip to Scotland and day hikes in the Canadian Rockies.


Leo Kelly has been leading day and backpacking 4 season trips for over 15 years with the AMC's Connecticut Chapter and Mountain Leadership School. He hiked the entire length of Adirondack Northville Lake Placid Trail (122 miles in 13 days) in June, 2012. Leo recently co-led 10 day Adventure Travel trips to Scotland the Canadian Rockies.