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!

Each program meets at the specified location daily. Expanded weekend programs including night sky events and evening programs are offered most Thursday-Sundays. 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.

Daily Programs are offered December - March- please check back for scheduled dates.

Program Descriptions:

9:00 am Golden Canyon Walk
Hike with a ranger at Golden Canyon.
30-45 minutes

10:00 am Mesquite Flat Dunes
Find out about the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes!
30-45 minutes.

11:00 am Badwater
Explore the extremes of Death Valley below sea level!
30-45 minutes

2:30 pm Harmony Borax Works
Learn about borax and mining history.
30-45 minutes


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.

Special Flood Recovery Tours are being offered on a limited basis. These tours take place on Saturdays, are sponsored through the Death Valley Natural History Associaton, require a fee and registration. For more information, check out the DVNHA Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours. .
Fossilized footprint in canyon wall

NPS Photo - Kurt Moses

Special Paleontology Tours

The special paleontology hikes are in a remote area of the park, usually closed to the public. These hikes occur on selected dates throughout the winter and spring.

Participants should be prepared for an all day, seven-mile round trip hike with 1,500 foot elevation gain on rugged, uneven terrain. This hike is considered moderately strenuous and is not recommended for anyone with mobility or breathing difficulties. The hike is appropriate for older children, age 10 and up. Participants should be regularly hiking at least four miles on uneven terrain in the weeks leading up to this hike.

This dramatic canyon features high cliff walls that open into a multi-colored basin. The stories here are millions of years old, when Death Valley's landscape and life forms appeared very different from the harsh desert of today. Participants will have a close up encounter with fossilized tracks of bird, horse, camel, and mastodon-like creatures.

Each hike is limited to 15 people. One individual is allowed to enter up to four people, counting themselves, into the lottery. Lottery entries are only accepted during the sign up period. Instructions for how to enter the lottery will be posted on this page 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.


2018 Hike Dates

Saturday, January 6th
(Lottery entries will be accepted on Thursday, December 7th)

Saturday, January 27th
(Lottery entries will be accepted on Wednesday, January 3rd)

Saturday, February 17th
(Lottery entries will be accepted on Wednesday, January 17th)

How to Enter the Lottery

We are not accepting lottery entries at this time. We will be accepting lottery entries for the January 6th hike on Thursday, December 7th. Please check back here on this date for instructions on how to enter the lottery.

Last updated: November 21, 2017

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P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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