Death Valley National Park Day Trip in Las Vegas, NV

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We know the barren desert doesn’t seem like a place you would want to go, but the mountain-like dunes and incredible views have people coming back again and again! DETOURS wants to make sure your day at Death Valley National Park is perfect, so they provide hotel pick-up, a tour guide who will keep you on track, and many other conveniences! Do not leave Las Vegas without making this trip.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Las Vegas Travel Experts
  • Minimum age is 2 years old.
  • The tour lasts approximately 10 hours.
  • Snacks, lunch, and unlimited bottled water is included.
  • Hotel pick-up is provided from most hotels in the Las Vegas area. Plan on being ready at the pick-up location 5-10 minutes early.


from Death Valley National Park Day Trip
A favorite of many tour guides, Death Valley is referred to as “Mars on Earth”, with the amazing diversity of this park often under-appreciated. There is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon between Badwater Basin and Telescope Peak, seen together during your tour of Death Valley.

From peaks to salt flats to amazing colors, Death Valley has many faces. Along with the legendary landscape, there is a long and lively human history that brings personality and reality to Death Valley. Early pioneer explorers, Scotty’s Castle and borax mining have inspired many entertaining stories of Man vs. Mother Nature. The basin that Death Valley lies in is quite diverse in that the occasional rainstorm brings with it large patches of wildflowers, and the mountain peaks surrounding the valley are consistently snow-covered each winter.

Today’s guided tour offers approximately four hours in the National Park. A stop at the Badwater salt flats marks the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, at approximately 280 feet below sea level. The Badwater Salt Flats also boasts the hottest recorded temperatures on earth, taken in 1913. A tour to the oldest structure in Death Valley, the Borax Museum at Furnace Creek Ranch, is also highlighted on this trip.

Photo stops at Artist Palette and Zabriskie Point badlands, along with views of 20 Mule Team Canyon, and the Funeral and Black Mountain Ranges will round out the tour. On our return to Las Vegas, we journey through Death Valley Junction, home of the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. Built-in 1923-1925, the opera house did not blossom until Marta Becket made it her home and her canvas. As an actress, opera singer, painter, and builder, evidence of Marta’s hard work still exists in this National Historic Building.

Departure Location:
Most hotels in Las Vegas, NV

Departure Days:
Tuesday or Saturday

Departure Time:
Approximately 6:00 am

Return Time:
Approximately 4:00 pm

DETOURS custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs.

Cancellation Policy:
Tours canceled within 48 hours of departure will be charged in full.

A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.

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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2020
In mid-May of 2020, Jeff Slade, the owner of DETOURS put together a private tour of southwest AZ for me and my husband. This was not an east considering the fact that AZ was still in lockdown mode due to CORONA. Fortunately, on May 15, just 4 days prior to our scheduled arrival into Phoenix, AZ Governor Doug Ducey, lifted the shelter-in-place. order. That said, it would likely take a couple of weeks for merchants, restaurants, hotels, and state parks to re-open, In spite of the many challenge, Jeff put together an historical and beautiful tour, complemented by Jeff's vast knowledge of the history of the southwest, We highly recommend DETOURS for your next trip!
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"Best Tour Company EVER"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2020
I have run multiple trips for family friends in both Europe and the United States. In all this time, I am amazed at the service, expertise and helpfulness in putting our tour of the American Southwest Parks including the Grand Canyon. They delivered on every request for our group of well traveled New Yorkers. Kyle and Jeff even provide their personal cell numbers. What is even more amazing is the compassion the owner, Jeff Slade has shown when we sadly had to cancel our late September, 2020 trip. He was well aware of the pain that our New York City Metro area is experiencing due to Corvid 19 Virus. At the time of the cancellation, Jeff has given us a FULL REFUND with no questions asked, only concern for our safety. I give Detours American West my highest recommendation and once things get back to normal, we will be rebooking our trip.
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"Wonderful Tour of the Navajo Trail and the Dolly Steamboat Ride"
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Reviewed March 10, 2020
Our tour started out by picking up at our hotel. Montana was our driver and he was a hoot. We really enjoyed having him as our tour guide. As mention above, we were picked up at our hotel on time and we were grateful that we didn't have to drive during rush hour in Phoenix. Anyway, we went to two other hotels to pick-up guests and then we were on our way. Montana gave us a great overview of what we were seeing. I loved the fact that our tour bus was new and only held 12 passengers. The tour was small enough that we all got to know each other and interact. Our first stop was at a place where a lot of westerns had been shot. In fact, the chapel was called the Elvis Chapel because in the movie Charro, that was where he was married. In fact, weddings are still held there. After driving in the desert we stopped at a very rustic restaurant and had a great meal. After that we headed out to meet up with the Dolly Steamboat for our 1.5 hour boat ride. That too was great and very relaxing. After the boat ride we headed back to Phoenix but stopped at an old ghost town. I especially liked the fact that Montana gave us ample time to visit each location along the tour. If you want to enjoy a unique experience, be sure and take the Navajo Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour. You won't regret it. Also, as mentioned above, Montana was a great tour guide and I really enjoyed his commentary.
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Chicago, Illinois
"sedona red rocks"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2020
do it! what a great day. besides the beautiful red docks, you get to spend a couple hours on your own in sedona.What a town, many shops, restaurants,places to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.if your lucky you might get Daniel as your guide.he was so knowledgeable about everything.his passion for the area was infectious,talked and laughed the way to and on return.great time!!!
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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 28, 2020
My son and I took a day trip to the Grand Canyon. I had been there but my son had not. It was a great trip. Our tour guide was amazing, I don’t remember his name, he was the old guy in the canyon. He was so knowledgeable and interesting. The bus was very comfortable. I would definitely not hesitate to book with DETOURS!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Death Valley National Park Day Trip

What are the hours of operation?
The tour departs on Tuesdays and Saturdays at approximately 6 am and returns at approximately 4:00 pm.

How long do we spend in Death Valley?
You will spend approximately 4 hours in Death Valley.

How long is the tour?
The tour lasts approximately 10 hours.

What can I bring? 
Weather appropriate clothing, camera, sunscreen, snacks, government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc).

What should I wear?
We recommend closed-toed shoes year-round. During the winter, we recommend layers, long pants, winter coats, gloves, and hats. During spring and fall, we recommend a light jacket and a hat.

What kind of lunch is provided?
We provide a boxed lunch with choices of different sub sandwiches and includes mayo/mustard, chips, and a cookie. The office staff will be in contact with you after you book your reservation and provide you with our meal options.

Are any of your tour guides bilingual? 
Yes! We have guides that speak Spanish, German and Japanese. Translators are also available in Italian, French, Chinese and Swedish.

Is smoking allowed on the trip? 
All DETOURS vehicles are smoke-free.

Is transportation included?
Hotel pick-up is provided from most hotels in the Las Vegas area.

What if I miss my pick-up? 
We will work with you on the next day’s tour, if available; however additional fees may apply. Please call DETOURS of Nevada if you miss your pick-up.

When should I be ready for pick-up?
Pick-ups for this tour starts at approximately 6:00 am. We ask that you plan on being ready at the pick-up location 5-10 minutes early.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible? 
Unfortunately, our vehicles were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Guests should be able to walk up 3 steps into the vehicle on their own with the help of a companion.

How much should I tip the guide?
20% is customary and graciously accepted.

Can I bring my own snacks and drinks? 
Yes, except for alcoholic beverages.

Are there charging ports for cell phones in the vehicle?
No, we recommend bringing a portable charger for your electronic devices.

Is there WiFi in the vehicle?
No, and during parts of the drive, there may be limited cell phone service.

Are there bathrooms in the vehicle?
No, but the guide will make multiple rest stops along the way through and can stop at the nearest rest stop at the request of a guest.