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Badwater Basin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

1. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Tour

Enjoy the scenic outdoors and rugged extremes of the western United States with a visit to Death Valley. Sample local treats and visit top secret Area 51. See ghost towns of the Wild West, and famous Zabriskie Point. Stop at remote Area 51 Alien Center. Keep watch for top secret military aircraft flying training runs nearby. Work up an appetite and visit Death Valley Nut and Candy Company. See the ghost town of Rhyolite, which came into prosperity in 1904 when gold was found. Pay a visit to the Goldwell Open Air Museum with its local oddities. Enter Death Valley, with a stop at Hell's Gate. Head out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Trek through the sand where Star Wars characters once walked, then take off to Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where the highest-ever temperature was recorded. Ask the park rangers questions or pick up a souvenir. Finally, visit Badwater Basin, with the lowest elevation in North America (282 feet below sea level) and then Zabriskie Point. Snap a selfie in the 150-mile-long park, a swirl of colors in the background.

Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Death Valley: National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience all the beauty of Death Valley National Park without dealing with its intense heat. Hop into your car and open up the modern GPS-friendly tour app on your phone to begin your self-guided journey through the exotic badlands of this park. Once you’ve downloaded the app, your trip will begin at Death Valley Junction, just a short way outside the park itself. As you drive, you’ll get acquainted with some basic facts about safety in such an extreme climate. You’ll also hear about the unfortunate miners who gave this place its name. Take a detour to Dante’s View, offering incredible vistas of the valley’s lowest point. Past that you’ll come to an iconic scenic drive at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, which shows off some of the area’s strange and beautiful badlands. Up next is Zabriskie Point, a phenomenal place to watch the sunrise. Then, it’s on to the oasis of Furnace Creek, where the valley’s hottest-ever temperature was recorded. Reach the Golden Canyon Trail, one of the park’s most popular hikes. Beyond that is the captivating landscape of Artist’s Drive, home to brilliantly colorful rock formations. See Devil's Golf Course, a seemingly endless field of salt crystals that pop under the sun. Pass the Natural Bridge Trail, offering a look at a rocky bridge formed by erosion. Finally, arrive at Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation point in North America, with the park's famous salt flats.

Death Valley NP Full-Day Small Groups Tour from Las Vegas

3. Death Valley NP Full-Day Small Groups Tour from Las Vegas

Spend the day touring one of the most extreme desert environments at Death Valley National Park on a full-day tour that lets you escape the hectic streets of Las Vegas. Tour in a small group for a more intimate and personal experience and see one of the most unique landscapes on earth. You will witness the spectacular highlights of Death Valley, located east of the Sierra Nevada. Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh terrain, it offers superb photo opportunities of rocks that are over a billion years old and have been carved and teased into extraordinary formations by the weather of millennia. Gasp in awe at the sheer size, and see the astounding natural features of a desolate national treasure. You will visit the famous Zabriskie point, taking a stunning scenic drive through Artist’s Pallet. Stop at Bad Water, located 280 feet below sea level and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you tour, and keep well-hydrated for the extreme temperatures. At Furnace Creek Visitor Center browse the Death Valley Gift Shop for some unique souvenir gifts, before heading back through the Mohave Desert in time for some good old fashioned Vegas nightlife!

Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Trip w/ Stargazing & Wine Tour

4. Las Vegas: Death Valley Day Trip w/ Stargazing & Wine Tour

Take in the highlights of Death Valley's desert landscape on an all-day guided hike with free hotel pickup from Las Vegas. Taste wine during a tour of a local winery and stop to take in incredible views of the sunset and the starlit sky. While Death Valley is home to the world's hottest recorded temperature, start your hike in the afternoon when the weather is cooler. Kick things off with a refreshing wine tasting tour in Pahrump, the biggest wine producer in Nevada. Head toward Death Valley National Park to explore scenic viewpoints, such as Dante’s View, a Star Wars filming location. Next, visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. After taking pictures of these spectacularly memorable locations, stop at the Ranch at Furnace Creek. As nightfall approaches, venture toward Zabriskie Point to catch the ultimate sunset, followed by a chance for stargazing at the breathtaking night sky. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to view the constellations and, if you are lucky, the Milky Way galaxy. Even after being dropped off at your hotel in Las Vegas, enjoy memories of your hike for years to come thanks to the photos taken by your guide that you will have access to download.

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

Start your day early as you travel from your hotel in Las Vegas to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Walk in the dunes and snap some beautiful photos. Head towards the Badwater Basin Salt Flats, which is famous for being the lowest point in North America. Continue to Artist’s Drive for a scenic 9-mile drive through incredible canyons and colorful mountains that will take about 40 minutes with a stop at Artist’s Palette where you can hike to get up close and personal with the amazing colors caused by volcanic minerals. Travel to Zabriskie Point to view sweeping Martian-like landscapes for about 20 minutes. Finally, visit Dante's View, near the edge of the Black Mountains to get views of southern half of the national park.

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What people are saying about Badwater Basin

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 126 reviews

My sister and I enjoyed our trip with Brian and Jason so much. They were very friendly and we learned a lot about the history of the area. We saw the key spots in Death Valley and surrounding area. We went s o many places during the tour that it saved my sister and me time because now we don't have to stop at those places on our outing today The bus was top notch and we were very comfortable. We also stopped for a nice breakfast that was included in our trip fee. I had never heard of Get Your Guide before but I am so glad I found this tour. Another plus is that they were so reasonably priced. I can't imagine getting a better value for our money.

Yes, it was hot! But had a great day with Indi touring Death Valley & learning the history of the area.

the guides were perfect, they catered in everything, praise, thank you for an amazing experience

Great experience! Knowledgeable guide. A must tour. Highly recommended.

Well looked after by Brian and Jason and the sights were spectacular