Death Valley National Park is the largest National Park in the lower 48 states and it is a place filled with great beauty and natural wonderments! On this 3 day and 2 night trip we will camp and explore the dramatic colors of the desert landscape as well as the historical features of the park. We plan to visit Badwater, the lowest point in the western hemisphere at 282 feet / 86 meters below sea level as well as explore the lunar landscape of Zabriskie Point, play on the sand dunes and view Dante’s Peak. We will explore the park by foot and by vehicle during the day and enjoy evenings around the campfire.
Day 1: Participants will meet out in front of CSUSB’s SRWC (Student Recreation Wellness Center) at 200pm. You will then have a 4 ½ hour drive, approximately 242 miles / 386 km, to Death Valley National Park. Upon arrival you will have a chance see the sunset from Zabriske Point after visiting Dante’s View and 20 Mule Team Canyon. After you will drive to the local campsite nearby, and from there it is a group effort to set up camp and cook dinner. The rest of the evening is spent around the campfire sharing stories and eating s’mores.
Day 2: Day two is an early wake up early to see the sunrise from Zabriske point, then get back to have breakfast around 800am. We will then head to Badwater, the lowest point in North America, do a short hike to Natural Bridge, and visit Devils Golf Course and Artist Drive. After all this we will return to camp to eat lunch and then we will be on our way to Scotty’s castle for a bit of a history lesson. After, you get to visit the Ubehebe Crater and explore the narrows of Falls Canyon. At the end of this long day, we will have a good dinner and another chance at a campfire under the stars.
Day 3: Day three begins with a breakfast at camp and packing lunch. After cleaning up camp we will be visiting the Harmony Borax Works Visitor Center in Furnace Creek and then drive over to Stovepipe Wells Village. We will be hiking in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and visiting Mosaic Canyon. If time allows we may also visit Darwin Falls before leaving the park on our way home.
How to Register
San Bernardino Campus
Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Student Recreation and Wellness Center membership desk during regular operating hours. Full payment (cash, check, Visa or MasterCard) is due at time of reservation. For more information give us a call at 537-CAMP. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.
Palm Desert Campus
Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Administrative Offices (RG203) during regular operating hours. Call 909-537-2348 for the campus phone outside RG203 to check availability and to complete registration information. After completing registration you will make full payment by cash, check or debit card (no credit cards) to the Administrative Office. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.
Sign Up Deadline: Tuesday, February 27th at 600pm
Open to Ages: 18+ or CSUSB Student || Activity Level: Level 3 - Moderate, up to 4-6 hours of activity per day
Students and SRWC Member: $100
Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $130
Community Member: $200