Road Scholar


DVNHA is a proud Road Scholar program provider, facilitating quality Death Valley hiking for active adults. Join us!

This section is intended to provide you with information about Road Scholar (Formerly Elderhostel) Hiking Programs in Death Valley National Park.

Program Description 

Hiking Death Valley - Program #6120   (Level 5)

Spend your days hiking and exploring the unique landscape and incredible geology of Death Valley National Park which encompasses over 3.3 million acres in southeastern California. It is rich in human history, mines and minerals, and its geological phenomena show a land torn by immense physical changes. Enjoy a diversity of Level 5 hikes led by experienced guides on varying terrain through scenic canyons, across ancient lake deposits and into crystallized salt pans. Visit abandoned borax mining areas and gentle climbs across alluvial fans, mesquite flats and mud playas. We also plan to visit Bad Water (-282 feet below sea level) Stovepipe Wells, Salt Creek, Dantes View, Ubehebe Crater and Scotty’s Castle. Hikes are moderately strenuous.

Round trip transportation is available from Las Vegas with prior arrangements, for an additional fee of $100.00 per person. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. (For shuttle reservations, please call 775-764-0726).

Motel accommodations in Death Valley, California are at the Furnace Creek Ranch, located inside Death Valley National Park. Rooms have private baths, TV’s, phones, and refrigerators. The Ranch offers a year round pool that is heated by local warm springs (remember to bring your suit)!

This is a very busy itinerary for the participants. An up-to-date detailed itinerary can be located by going to and searching for program #6120. 

This Season’s Hiking Death Valley - Program #6120 (Level 5) Dates

November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017
  Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2016 Jan 8 - Jan 13, 2017  Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2017
Nov 6 - Nov 11, 2016

Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2016


  Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2017
  Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2016 Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2017  

 Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2016


Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2017 Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2017

All current and available programs are listed on Road Scholar's web page at and can be searched by their program number.

Meals in Death Valley are at the Furnace Creek Ranch. Please note* restaurants and staff may not be able to accommodate special dietary restrictions. We apologize for this inconvenience. Refrigerators are available in the rooms for personal use.

Hiking programs offer acclimation to elevation gains, beginning at lower elevations, increasing to higher elevations at the end of the week.  People residing in lower elevations should consider arriving a day or two earlier to begin to acclimate to higher elevations. It is important that you arrive in good physical condition and be active in hiking programs or regimens on a regular basis in order to gain the most benefit and enjoyment from all of the programs. Death Valley National Park is at sea level or slightly above or below!


To register online: please visit and log in using your username & password. If you do not know your username and password select the Forgot Your Password Link on the Road Scholar log in page or call Road Scholar toll-free: 1-800-454-5768 for navigation assistance. Use the appropriate program number shown above to register in that specific program. Remember, programs fill rapidly. Many of the programs offered here fill and have waitlist status only. Register early to avoid missing the program of your choice.

Please bring appropriate shoes/clothing with you. A "What to Bring" checklist can be found pdfHERE. You will receive a more detailed daily itinerary at the Welcome Reception on the first day of your arrival.

Should you have any questions please contact the program administrator, Renee Rusler, by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mobile phone: 775-764-0726. If unavailable, please leave a message for a return call at the adminstrator's soonest availablility. 


Photos of previous seasons for your enjoyment:

November 17, 2013 Photos         December 8, 2013 Photos          December 15, 2013 Photos                      

January 12, 2014 Photos             January 19, 2014 Photos            January 26, 2014 Photos                       

  February 2, 2014 Photos              February 9, 2014 Photos            February 16, 2014 Photos

  March 2, 2014 Photos                   March 9, 2014 Photos                 January 6, 2013 Photos 

  January 27, 2013 Photos              February 10, 2013 Photos          March 3, 2013 Photos

   March 10, 2013 Photos                 March 17, 2013 Photos               February 24, 2013 Photos   

  March 31, 2013 Photos

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Death Valley Natural History Association
PO Box 188
Death Valley, CA 92328

1-800-478-8564 ext. 10
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