Exploring the beauty and extremes of Death Valley & Beyond (#2316)

Date and Time

Friday, March 3, 2023 - Sunday, March 12, 2023


Death Valley,
Other U.S.,


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Join us for spectacular day hikes amidst colorful rock formations in Southern Nevada and Death Valley National Park in California. After arriving in Las Vegas, we'll spend a day getting used to the heat by visiting the incredibly scenic Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada's oldest, and another day hiking in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We then leave the neon lights and drive to the scenic and historic desert town of Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley for five nights. There will be moderate to challenging hikes ranging from 5-10 miles daily, with elevation gains up to 3100 feet and a high summit of 5,800 feet. We will experience the striking contrasts of "sand dunes and snowfields" while visiting desert terrain below sea level and the late-season snow high above the desert floor. In March, there will be eight or more varieties of wildflowers to see and if the weather before our arrival has been good there may even be a super bloom this is a rare desert botanical phenomenon in which an unusually high proportion of wildflowers whose seeds have lain dormant in desert soil germinate and blossom at roughly the same time. Late afternoons in Death Valley can be spent relaxing at our motel pool, visiting nearby historic mining and town sites, or other attractions in the Park. There will be wildlife, Scotty's Castle, historic abandoned ghost towns and mines, rocky peaks, sheer cliffs, and canyons to explore. While in the national park we'll have the opportunity to join ranger talks on the local geography/geology and learn more about Death Valley's incredible night sky.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $2,450 member / $2,550 non-member

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2316 Prospectus

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Death Valley






Hiking 4-5 Moderate-Vigorous


Adults (18+)


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Steve Cohen has been an active AMC adventure travel leader since 2012. He has led 19 hiking/ trekking-oriented Adventure Travel trips to such destinations the Haute Route (from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland), the Alta Via II through the Italian Dolomites, the tour of the Jungfrau region (Switzerland), Patagonia, the high mountains huts of Austria, etc. He lived in Europe for four years and is fluent in both French and German. Steve is chair of Adventure Travel.


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Jay, from Philadelphia, is a Delaware Valley hiking, biking, and backpacking leader and AMC Adventure Travel Assistant Leader. He has travelled throughout North & South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Western & Eastern Europe. Jay has lived in Israel, has had an extended stay in New Zealand. He has hiked, cycled, or backpacked in Patagonia, Croatia, in the Alps.