Death Valley Off Road Adventure – October 1-4, 2015

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While the weather is cool, we’ll do several off road trails only accessible by 4×4 vehicles. The famous Racetrack Playa and its Sailing Stones, Eureka Dunes, and Titus Canyon to Leadfield Ghost Town. We’ll also see Artist’s Drive, Artist’s Palette, Badwater, Ubehebe Crater, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Devil’s Golf Course and more. We’ll even throw in a bonus side trip to the Trona Pinnacles, the unusual landscape that consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet.

Dates:

October 1-4, 2015

Includes transportation to and from Ontario Airport, lodging in Death Valley, entrance fees, jeep rental for the Racetrack and Eureka Dunes, and all meals.

We’ll have three jam packed days of sunrises and sunsets, we will see as much of Death Valley as possible. We will be staying at the Furnace Creek Resort inside the park, the perfect location to get around without wasting time driving from the surrounding hotels outside of the park.

Our RV will serve as our support vehicle to make our breakfast, lunch and dinner each day around our shooting schedule. Be prepared to wake up early, take an afternoon nap, and stay up late for some long exposure photography.

The Ontario Airport will be our pick up and drop off location, it will be very easy to fly in Wednesday night, stay at a hotel in the area, then stay Sunday night when we return and fly out Monday morning. (Hotels on these nights are not included)

Schedule:

Thursday, Oct 1
6:00am – Passenger pick-up at Ontario Airport hotels
9:00am – Breakfast in Ridgecrest
12:30pm – Arrive in Death Valley, we’ll see some of the sights before checking into the hotel
4:00pm – Check in hotel
4:30pm – Sunset shooting, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
7:00pm – Dinner
9:00pm – Long exposure night photography (optional)

Friday, Oct 2
4:00am – Sunrise shooting, The Racetrack
8:00am – More morning shooting, Ubehebe Crater
11:00am – Lunch
12:00pm – Editing or nap time
4:30pm – Sunset shooting, Devil’s Golf Course
7:00pm – Dinner
9:00pm – Long exposure night photography (optional)

Saturday, Oct 3
3:30am – Sunrise shooting, Eureka Dunes
8:00am – Titus Canyon Trail
11:00am – Lunch
12:00pm – Editing or nap time
3:30pm – Artist’s Drive and Artist’s Pallete
4:30pm – Sunset shooting, Badwater
7:00pm – Dinner
9:00pm – Long exposure night photography (optional)

Sunday, Oct 4
6:00am – Sunrise shooting, location TBD
10:00am – Early Lunch
12:00pm – Leave Death Valley for the Trona Pinnacles
3:00pm – Trona Pinnacles
5:00pm – Dinner in Ridgecrest
10:00pm – Arrive at Ontario Airport Hotels

Rates:

$2200 Private Room
$1500 Shared Room

Payment details:

$1000 deposit to reserve your space. Balance due Aug 31, 2015.
Refund policy: Cancellations before Aug 31, 2015 will be refunded in full, any later cancellations will forfeit the deposit unless we can find a replacement for your spot.

This will be a small group as we only have five rooms reserved at the Furnace Creek Resort, so book your space before it’s sold out!

Email with any questions sales@simplephototours.com

Travel suggestions pre and post tour:

Fly into Ontario Airport on Wednesday, Sept 30 (we depart at 6:00am Thursday)
Fly out of Ontario Airport on Monday, Oct 5 (we arrive at 10:00pm Sunday)
* a red eye flight Monday Oct 5, midnight or later would be ok

Also flying in and out of LAX is possible if you take a shuttle to the Ontario hotel, but leave enough travel time as shared shuttles can take 2-3 hours

Suggested hotel:
Sheraton Ontario Airport Hotel
429 North Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA
$120 on Sept 30 – $110 on Oct 4 (non refundable rates)