Friday, February 6, 2015

Las Vegas Desert Tours

by Bea Taylor

Las Vegas desert tours provide the chance to see the American Southwest in its most beautiful and primitive state such as sandstone formations, wild horses, big horn sheep, rabbits, bald eagles, and endless variety of wild flowers, trees and cactus. Each desert tour takes a number of stops at unique spots. 

These tours transportation can be helicopters, buses, and even horses. Almost all of them provide professional guides who are trained in archaeology, geology, and anthropology. These guides help the tourists to have the desert wilderness experience by exploring the desert in the best possible way. Some of the most popular tours among Vegas visitors are Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon and Mojave Desert. Here is a brief about these deserts and below some of the most exciting desert tours.

Death Valley
Death Valley is located 2 hours outside of Las Vegas, on the border of California and Nevada. It is known for its extreme weather. The Furnace Creek Area is one of the highlights of Death Valley National Park; features the Golden Canyon, the Natural Bridge, a massive rock formation spanning across a desert canyon, and the infamous Bad Water, a series of salt flats making up the lowest point in North America.
Filled with craters, canyons, mountains and desert, Death Valley is . With activities like hiking, biking, camping, or bird watching, you can reconnect with nature like you never have before. Other highlights include the Stovepipe Wells Area, filled with sand dunes and canyons, Scotty's Castle Area, featuring an elaborate Spanish-style mansion of a local prospector, and the Panamint Spring Area, made up of Darwin Falls and the famous Joshua trees.

Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159 and it is home to the Red Rock Escarpment, a 3,000 foot-high mass of multicolored pinnacles and boulders jutting from the canyon floor. It's also home to more than 45 species of mammals, about 100 species of birds, 30 reptiles and amphibians, bighorn sheep, coyotes, feral horses, burros and an abundance of plant life.  
More info and map

Mojave Desert
The Mojave Desert represents a rain shadow, sheltered from prevailing rain-bearing winds by California mountains. Mojave Desert is part of a smaller portions of southern Nevada, central California, and northwester Arizona. The Mojave Desert gives splendid views of the Tehachapi, the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges.

Some of the most exciting Las Vegas desert tours:

Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire is Nevada’s first state park and in this unworldly place you will be at the bottom of what used to be an ancient ocean. Valley of Fire sandstone formations with color of fire red, dated 150 million years ago.  +Annie Bananie  -  $115

Las Vegas Dunes Tour
+SunBuggy has the widest selection of ATVs, Polaris RZRs, 3/4 Scale Desert Racers, and of course Dune Buggies that seat 1, 2, 4, or even 6 people.  You can also rent an ATV and go explore on your own, take a leisurely off road tour with an experienced guide, or go beyond your typical off road tour. $149 - $700
6925 Speedway Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV‎ - 866-728-4443

ATV trip in the Grand Canyon
You will ride your ATV through a series of trails from sand dunes, sand stones, washes and gullies. Drive your ATV to the top of the mesas and see views of Lake Mead, entrance to the Grand Canyon, and the North Side of the Valley of FireComplimentary hotel to hotel pick-up and drop off and shuttle transportation to the Logandale Trail. Complimentary picnic lunch & drinks. They also have Bus Tours, Helicopter Tours, Airplane Tours and Boat/Rafting Tours. +Canyon Tours - email:  $110 - $159  -   (702) 260-0796 or (866) 218-3427 

Red Rock Canyon and City Highlights Tour
On the way to Red Rock Canyon, they drive through the Las Vegas Strip. They also make a photo stop at the Las Vegas sign and China Town. +Annie Bananie   (702) 804-9755

Tecopa Hot Spring Tour by +Desert Oasis Tour
Round Trip transportation. Hot organic gourmet lunch / Vegetarian options available.
All associated fees and expenses and experienced guide.       $150

Death Valley
Day trip from Las Vegas to Death Valley, guided tour of Scotty's Castle, boxed lunch in the grounds of Scotty's Castle, stops at Ubehebe Crater, Furnace Creek Ranch Museum, Badwater and Rhyolite Ghost Town. Informative commentary from your driver/guide
They pick-up and drop-off from most Las Vegas hotels.  +Viator  $200

Death Valley and the Mojave Desert
Independent 3-Day Harley-Davidson Tour from Las Vegas
Ride 565 miles through the heart of Historic Route 66, America’s most famous road, in Kingman, Arizona and also Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.  +Viator $700

Grand Canyon West Rim 
by +Pink Jeep Tour. Tour includes: personally guided and narrated tour, lunch and complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off. Tour time: 10 hours. $250

Location: Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV, USA