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Paleo Hikes

Death Valley contains fossil evidence of large mammals that once roamed this area. Due to the sensitive nature of the location, access is only permitted a few times a year, and only to very small groups accompanied by a guide. Paleontologist Torrey Nyborg has agreed to guide us, share his expertise, and, in addition, lead a second hike to another intriguing location. Dr. Nyborg has spent over 15 years doing research in Death Valley. His PhD work was on these fossils and he is considered the leading authority on this site.

DVNHA's field school, The Death Valley Insititute, will be hosting Death Valley Paleontology Weekends in the future. Dates to be announced. To recieve notification pleasse sign up for DVNHA's Monthly Enewsletter



These tours are limited to only 15 participants per hike.

Reservations Required.

Eventbrite - Paleontology Hiking Tour-DVNHA's Death Valley Institute


Attendees will gather at 7:45 at the flagpole in front of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Participants must sign insurance waivers upon arrival. From there the group will carpool to the day’s hike location. Sturdy hiking shoes and at least 3 liters of water per person are required. Be prepared to adhere to Leave No Trace Principles.

Saturday is a strenuous hike of approximately 7-8 miles in length (round-trip). This hike takes all day, is strenous and over rocky, uneven terrain.

Sunday is scheduled as 3 mile (round-trip) hike near Cow Creek, which usually takes a few hours.

DVNHA reserves the right to deny tour access if participant does not have the proper equipment or is considered not physically capable of completing this strenuous program. 

*Please note that participants are still responsible for paying the park entrance fee upon arrival and that the price of this event does not include any lodging accommodations. No discounts or refunds will be given if you are unable to attend one or both days of hikes.

By registering for this event, you agree to DVNHA's terms and conditions.

If you have any questions please contact the program coordinator, Renee Rusler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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