Guided Tours

Park Ranger points out feature to crowd of visitors on guided tour.
Ranger Programs are a great way to learn about Death Valley.

Photo:  NPS - Kurt Moses

Park Rangers can introduce you to a new canyon, explore the night sky with you, guide you across the moonlit sand dunes, take you back in time... or just answer your questions!

Winter - Spring Programs
Beginning October 23, 2016 daily ranger programs will be available throughout the winter and spring. Expanded weekend programs including periodic night sky events will start beginning mid-November. For a complete list of activities, stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or speak to a ranger. Schedules may change for special events, park staffing, emergencies, or be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Current Schedule (PDF file <1 MB)

Park Guide in 1930's attire stands in front of historic Spanish style mansion.
Park Rangers in period clothing lead tours through the historic mansion.

Photo:  Mark Comon

Scotty's Castle is CLOSED due to damage from a flood on Oct. 18, 2015. It will remain closed until further notice. See the alerts above for details.

Guided living history House Tours of the beautiful castle interior are a must do for visitors. Underground Tours focus on the technology that Mr. Johnson used in building and living in his castle. Lower Vine Ranch Tours are at the cabin where Death Valley Scotty actually lived. Although the Lower Vine is usually closed to the public, this winter there may be ranger-led tours on select dates.

Special Paleontology Tours
Millions of years ago Death Valley's landscape and life forms appeared very different from the harsh desert of today. On the Paleontology Tour, a park ranger will lead you into the wilderness through a dramatic canyon with high cliff walls opening into a multi-colored basin. There you will have a close up encounter with well-preserved fossilized tracks of bird, horse, camel, and mastodon-like creatures.

Although this fragile area is usually closed to the public, there will be three guided tours on selected dates. The hike is an all day, seven-mile round trip with a 1,500 foot elevation gain. Due to the rugged uneven nature of the terrain, this hike is considered moderately strenuous and not recommended for anyone with mobility or breathing difficulties.The hike is appropriate for older children, age 10 and up.

Each hike is limited to 15 people and tours fill up fast. Early registration is recommended once the tour's sign-up period begins. One individual is allowed to register up to four people counting themselves. Lottery entries are only accepted by email or by calling 760-786-3280 and only during the sign-up period. There is no fee for these day long guided hikes, but donations to support the program are welcomed and can be made through the Death Valley Natural History Association.

Fossilized footprint in canyon wall

Photo: NPS - Kurt Moses

2016 - 2017 Tour Dates

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

(Lottery entries accepted October 21 - 23)

Saturday, January 28th, 2017
(Lottery entries accepted December 30 - January 1)

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
(Lottery entries accepted January 13 - 15)

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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