• Overview
  • Itinerary

This expedition route is carefully selected to be appropriate for drivers new to back-country exploration, and can be driven with any 4WD vehicle. 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/enhance the challenge/enjoyment of the trip.

Allan Shareghi, a retired Department of the Interior Senior Geologist, will be  sharing his vast knowledge of Death Valley, and educating us on the geology of Death Valley. Thank you, Allan.


Black Rhino Expeditions does not cover any associated costs, such as:

  • Gasoline
  • Food
  • Accommodations
  • Visitor fees ($30 paid at the Death Valley Visitor Center)
  • Vehicle repairs

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Book your rooms for Saturday night, November 23.
Rates for double room- $86.95.
(Compare to Furnace Creek Ranch at $228.
BTW- They’ve demolished all those great little cabins we usually stay out. So sad!)

Call Death Valley Inn Motel in Beatty, Neveada at (775) 553-9400.

(As of this posting, their reservation link was not working – they say they’re trying to fix it.)

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Frank Buddenbrock (Trip leader)
Fable Buddenbrock
Allan Shareghi (Senior Geologist)
Claudia Marshall
Mike Mast
John Shumovich
Erez Abayov
Bill Ruttan
Lindsay Sheppard
Shah Nickpay
John and Janet Short
Conal MacKendrick
Shahdad Arami
Eric Karamian
Stan Tolesnikov

Following is the planned itinerary for our November 22-24, 2019 Expedition.

On this trip, we'll be exploring a number of places we (I) haven't seen before.
Among them are Tucki Mine, Telephone Canyon, Grotto Canyon, Golden Canyon, Amargosa Sand Dunes, and Amargosa Chaos. We look forward to spending the weekend with you.

We'll be dry camping on Friday night at Tucki Mine, and spending Saturday night in Beatty. Accommodations are available at Death Valley Inn. Book your room(s) online, or call to make reservations: (775) 553-9400.

FYI- Your Booking Fee for this expedition is separate/different from the Hotel Accommodations.


Frank's cell- 818-314-6313
Please email me to confirm that you will be coming so that I have an accurate head/vehicle count.
Email: frank@blackrhinoexpeditions.com

Please include your:
- Name
- Number in your party/truck and their names
- Your cell number
- Emergency Contact Name(s) and Phone Number(s)

Please ensure that your vehicle is ready for three days off-road. Oil change, fresh fluids, belts, hoses, fuses, ECUs, etc.
Bring extra spare tires, if that applies to you. (Shah) ;-)
Bring the usual kit- water, FRS radio/Ham Radio, camera, chargers, batteries, extra memory cards, food for on the trail, etc.

Weather Forecast: It will be beautiful weather, perhaps 75-80 degree highs during the day. It will be cooler on Friday night at Tucki Mine. Prepare accordingly.

Saturday night's halt will be at the Death Valley Inn in Beatty.

Book your rooms at this link:

Death Valley Inn (Beatty) accommodations
651 Highway 95 South, Beatty, NV
Hotel: (775) 553-9400
GPS: N 36.904122, W -116.755718


IMPORTANT: Black Rhino Expeditions does NOT cover any associated costs, including, but not limited to:

  • Gasoline
  • Food
  • Souvenirs
  • Accommodations
  • Visitor fees ($20 paid at the Death Valley Visitor Center)
  • Vehicle repairs


Day 1

Date : November 22, 2019

Time : 9:00 AM

Ridgecrest to Tucki Mine


Meet at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest at 9 am.
Address: 100 E Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Leave at 9:30 am.

We plan to visit:

Trona Pinnacles
Fish Canyon
Aguereberry Point (lunch stop)
Skidoo (time permitting)
Telephone Canyon
Tucki Mine
We'll spend the night at Tucki Mine

This is dry camping.
Bring firewood.

Day 2

Date : November 23, 2019

Time : 9:00 AM

Tucki Mine to Beatty Nevada via Echo Canyon


Tucki Mine Driver's Meeting - 9 am.

Leave at 9:15 am.

We plan to visit:

Stovepipe Wells Village (refuel, if needed)
Grotto Canyon
Echo Canyon (Lunch on the trail
Amargosa Sand Dunes

We'll spend the night at Death Valley Inn in Beatty.

Make your reservations by calling: (775) 553-9400

Day 3

Date : November 24, 2019

Time : 9:00 AM

Beatty Nevada to Baker, CA


Meet in front of Death Valley Inn at 9 am.

Leave at 9:15 am.

We plan to visit:

Army Surplus Depot in Beatty
Titus Canyon
Death Valley Visitor Center (pay Entrance fee- approx. $15/vehicle)
Furnace Creek Ranch (lunch stop; shopping at General Store
Golden Canyon/Zabriskie Point (hiking)
Split Cinder Cone
Amargosa Chaos
Baker, CA
Head for Home