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Black Rhino Expeditions offers activity-based adventures where you command your vehicle through amazing terrain, enjoy incredible geology and dig into the rich history of vanishing ghost towns. Whether you’re planning to join us alone, share the experience with your spouse, significant other, your friends, or will bring your whole family, a Black Rhino Expedition will exceed your expectations, and change the way you see the world. In fact, people have told us that their expedition experience changed their life.

Death Valley is huge (the largest U.S. national park outside of Alaska, and approximately the size of the state of Connecticut) and its terrain is often awe-inspiring. Despite its ominous-sounding name, Death Valley is home to beautiful geologic diversity, rich cultural history, innumerable ghost towns, and now-defunct mining operations. It is one of the most unique and diversified adventure/expedition destinations in the world. You’ll discover many delightful examples of why so many people are fascinated with the Death Valley territories.

This expedition route is carefully selected to be appropriate for drivers new to backcountry exploration, and can be driven with any SUV. Take comfort in knowing that we do all we can to ensure no damage will come to your vehicle- but it will get dusty. Weather conditions are susceptible to change and could increase the challenge of the trip.

Here is our itinerary for this 3-day Death Valley expedition.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : April 27, 2018

Time : 9:00 AM

Death Valley Expedition

We'll meet at Maturano Museum in Ridgecrest at 9 am for an introduction and driver's meeting. The address for the museum is 100 E Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

After our meeting, we'll head north to Trona Pinnacles, the site of many Hollywood movie productions.

From Trona Pinnacles, we'll continue north on into Panamint Valley to visit the ghost town Ballarat.

Our lunch halt will be Panamint Springs Resort where we'll get lunch and fill up with gasoline. WARNING- Gasoline is expensive in Panamint Springs and Death Valley.

After lunch, we'll head west toward the town of Darwin, with a surprise stop at a famous landmark associated with the Irish rock group U2. We'll also visit a spring that is home to a gold fish pond before heading back to Panamint Springs Resort for dinner and to spend the night.

Call Panamint Springs Resort to make reservations for (April 27th) our first night halt- 775-482-7680 Accommodations prices range from $99-$149 per night.

Be sure to have a good breakfast for the following day's adventures.

Day 2

Date : April 28, 2018

Time : 9:00 AM

Mosaic Canyon, Keane Wonder Mine, Titus Canyon

Be sure to have a good breakfast for today's adventures. We'll be doing a little bit of hiking today as we explore a number of canyons and former mining operations.

We'll depart Panamint Springs Resort at 9 am and head east with the goal of Mosaic Canyon as our first stop where we'll hike for a little bit through this beautiful butterscotch-colored canyon.

From Mosaic Canyon, we'll head over to Keane Wonder Mine, a former mining site that was just re-opened in November 2017.

After visiting Keane Wonder Mine, we'll continue east to the trail head of Titus Canyon, one of the most spectacular, and most visited canyons in Death Valley.

Once through Titus Canyon, we'll head to Stovepipe Wells for dinner and to spend the night. Make reservations at Stovepipe Wells for April 28. Call 760-786-2387.

Stovepipe Wells has food, gasoline, a Gift Shop/General Store, and a wonderful pool- a welcome pleasure after a day of driving.

Be sure to have a great breakfast for our 3rd of exploration.

Day 3

Date : April 29, 2018

Time : 9:00 AM

A Day in the Lowlands

This trip will include guiding throughout the backroads of Death Valley where you will be provided with the safety of knowing how to drive the roads and provided historical information about the surrounding area.

Black Rhino Expeditions does not cover any associated costs, which are:

  • gasoline
  • food
  • accommodations
  • visitor fees ($20 paid at the Death Valley Visitor Center)