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  • Thu, November 16, 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sun, November 19, 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • Furnace Creek Campground
  • 3


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • First passenger included no extra charge.
    Passenger must register option c.
  • Second person in RV included with driver registration
  • Use this option if you booked your own site, or staying in a motel, etc.

Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person. Each person going must complete a separate registration.
Registration is closed

Autumn is the perfect time in the desert. Experience the magical glow of sunsets to the allure of ghost towns, historic mining operations, wildlife, raw natural beauty, multicolored rock formations, eons of geological history displayed, and hikes into secluded canyons, Death Valley is a must-see destination. We will be camping at Furnace Creek Campground centrally located with amenities and services available. Activities include interesting hikes, road tours, pool time, and campfire activities.


Considered one of the best meteor showers, the famous Leonid Meteor Shower peaks while we're at Death Valley and because there's no moon to interfere, the skies will be crazy dark. We're talking BLACK SKY dark. (Death Valley is a certified "dark sky" park.)  You'll see thousands of stars popping. The Milky Way will float above you. And meteors will reign down.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Nov 16

  • 1:00 pm         Check-in at Furnace Creek Camp
  • 4:00 pm         Sunset viewing* 
  • 5:30 pm         Tea Time meet and greet BYOB.  
  •                         Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 pm         Group campfire activities 
  • Friday, Nov 17
  • 9:00 am         Hike*  
  • 3:30 pm         Sunset hike in Mesquite Sand Dunes
  • 4:35 pm         Sunset time
  • 5:30 pm         Optional Buffet dinner Stovepipe Wells restaurant. **                
  • 7:00 pm         Group campfire activities..Dark Sky viewing
  • Saturday, Nov 18
  • 9:00 am         Hike Dante's View or road trip tour* 
  •        Tour Historic Keane Wonder Mine
  • 6:00 pm         Potluck-  Theme: Thanksgiving Harvest                    
  • Sunday, Nov 19
  • 9:00 am         See camp board*
  • 12:00 pm       Check-out  

* Check white board for hike/outings updates

  • ** Buffet Dinner:  $42 Prepayment and registration required: Register and Pay for buffet click here

Registration Notes

This trip will be a good mix. We'll be doing some hiking in the daytime, getting to know Death Valley. We'll explore the lowest spot on the continent and  a peak overview with easy access. 

Vehicle parking is limited. Please enter the information if you are bringing a tow vehicle, sharing accommodations, and ride sharing so we can plan accordingly.

Campsites: We have group sites 4 and 5 near the main campground where the remainder of the sites are located that can accommodate RV's and tents. Maximum of 8 persons and 2 vehicles per site. Vehicles must park on the pavement at the site.

Amenities:  Restrooms, flush toilets, water, pay showers ($5) at Oasis pool house, heated swimming pool, cell service and pay Wi-Fi. Due to construction, food service is very limited. No restaurants. Limited items general store. Bring all the supplies and food you need. Showers and pool are open and available

Motel accommodations:

The Oasis at Death Valley, formerly Furnace Creek Resort, is undergoing a major renovation and some services may be affected by construction. 

You may want to consider getting persons together to share jeep using Farabee's Jeep Rentals located not far from our camp location. 

What to BringTen Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, cash for showers, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swim suit for pool, potluck item, firewood - no particle board, plywood or construction materials.

DirectionsCampground Location map

Climate: 50-70 degrees.

^The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by 11/12/2017

Contact: Scott C 

Photos from previous trips: Click Here 

Pets: Dogs are welcomed. Must be kept on leash. Please pick up after your pet. 

Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

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