WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?
Fun. Adventure. The trip (and race) of a lifetime.
2 Professional guides with extensive park knowledge
Guaranteed marathon entry / bib
All lodging and vehicle transportation during the trip
Vehicle transportation to and from the Las Vegas Airport.
All breakfasts and dinners
Plenty of healthy snacks to fuel our activities
Park entry fees
Travelers must cover additional snacks (but we'll have a ton with us) and any alcoholic beverages. Airfare is not included in trip price.
Other than that, we got you covered!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR LODGING?
We will lodge in hotel rooms on the western side of the park for the first two nights. Our final night will be spent just south east of the park at an Inn with some of the most comfortable beds in the area.
WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN?
Well, you should be marathon ready. The race is the standard 26.2, but it starts at elevation and climbs about 1700 ft during the first 12 miles. After that, it's all down hill. From experience we can say that the elevation provides some challenge and can admittedly sound a bit daunting. But the unique beauty of the course will keep you moving and we find the varied terrain is actually easier on our legs than a flat and fast street marathon.
WHAT ABOUT INTERNET AND PHONE RECEPTION?
Our trips are intentionally designed to help you unplug. Most of the trip will take place in remote parts of Death Valley National Park where cell service is limited or nonexistent. We cannot guarantee you will be able to connect at any given time but we do pass through areas with cell reception about once a day.
HOW ARE THE RUNNING CONDITIONS?
Peep the race website for a course map here. The race takes place on a graded, gravel, 4x4 road. Temps are cool to comfortable.
HOW INTENSE ARE THE HIKES?
Since we're here for the marathon, we won't be doing any substantial hikes. We'll pop around the park and have time at various locations to walk around and enjoy the sights. We typically get in a few miles of walking the day before the race which helps keep us limber and ready to run.
WILL THERE BE SHOWERS?
CAN I BRING MY COMPUTER?
If you must, but our goal here is to unplug. Probably best to leave it at home and not worry about it. WiFi and internet reception are almost non-existent.
IF LIFE GETS IN THE WAY OR SOMETHING COMES UP, CAN I CANCEL?
Cancellations within 7-days of booking will receive a full-refund, minus a 2.9% credit card processing fee.
After the 7-day window, deposits are non-refundable.
Cancellations after the 7-day window and prior to 60-days before the trip will receive a 50% refund*
60-days or less from the start of the trip, there are No Refunds.
* Applicable only if your balance has been paid in full and on time. If the balance has not been paid and you have to cancel, we will retain the full deposit.
** Refunds are also less $185 for the race bib once your bib order is processed unless we are able to fill the spot and transfer your bib.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
The temperature in Death Valley can have some wild swings depending on where you are in the park: average high and low for this time of year is 70h/35l. Temps can be higher in the lower areas and much cooler in the higher altitudes making layers really important. Since this is a short weekend, you really just need your race day kit and some extra clothes. We'll send along a suggested packing list upon confirmation of your registration.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
While tips are greatly appreciated, they are not expected. If you choose to tip on a retreat lead by our co-founders (JT & Ryan), your tip will be donated to The Conservation Alliance's Public Lands Defense Fund.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR LEAVE LATE?
Get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We’ll do our best to help accommodate special requests or help you plan your stay in the event that you want to add on extra nights. We know the area well and can make suggestions and or help coordinate a longer stay.
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Safety and your enjoyment on this adventure is our primary concern. Our guides are WFA (wilderness first aid) certified, we keep a watchful eye on the weather and conditions and talk to the local Park Rangers to insure all activities are as safe as possible. We also carry 2-way radios and / or GPS distress beacons to alert 911 in case of an emergency. We ask that our fellow travelers follow our lead of responsible enjoyment of our wilderness areas and don’t put themselves in dangerous situations.