Are you an active person yearning to leave stress and deadlines behind to find peace and tranquility in one of the most beautiful and remote parks in America? Then this retreat is perfect for you! You will find a deep sense of relaxation and develop lasting friendships with fun and like hearted people as you explore the wilderness on this active 6 day adventure in Death Valley. You will marvel at the changing landscape from the hot valley floor to the cool breezes in the higher elevations as you journey through the rugged back country clothed in the colors of spring bloom.
Imagine standing strong in mountain pose, your lungs filled with the cool, refreshing morning air, and your chin lifts toward the mountains. Your gaze softens as the sun breaks above the peaks bathing your body in the warmth of first light and filling your soul with joy.
Your arms rise to touch the sky and with a deep exhale you leave the world behind and lose yourself in this vast and beautiful place.
With a deep sense of awe, your heart begins to understand the subtle beauty of this vast and seemingly desolate space. You smile as peaceful stillness creeps across your mind matching the quietness of the desert with perfect synchronicity. This is exactly where you were meant to be…
Engaged in this moment…
…Engaged with nature…
…Welcome to Death Valley!
Are you ready to feel inspired again?
Of course you are!
On this retreat, you will journey far from the frenetic pace of our modern world to bathe in the power and beauty of the desert. Your senses come alive as you walk among wildflowers in full bloom, through multi hued canyons and along ridge lines with breathtaking views. Discover creative inspiration in quiet and expansive sunsets, painting the sky in majestic colors before giving way to darkness so complete you gaze into countless stars and the clouds of the Milky Way. You’ll come home feeling energized and ready to take on whatever comes your way!
Do you long to set everything aside and just relax?
That would feel so amazing!
For six days there will be little or no access to cell service or wifi most of the time. You’ll truly unplug and be fully present in each glorious experience without any interruption or thought for doing something else. Each morning your yoga and meditation will gently set the day in motion as you spend little effort to find joy in each new adventure.
You’ll sleep deeply after grounding each evening with the stillness of the stars, and a meditative yin practice. Afternoons offer time to enjoy the desert, the hotel grounds or optional spa services to give yourself the gift of full rest.
Show Me The Itinerary!
On this active adventure you are going to experience some of the most exciting places in Death Valley on foot, horseback, and jeeps. You don’t have to be an avid yogi, hiker or even know how to ride a horse, because this itinerary has been curated to a maximum difficulty level of moderate and with experienced people who can teach you to safely participate in each activity.
Day 1: March 18th Arrive at Death Valley
You’ll meet at the Las Vegas International Airport by noon to head out for Death Valley. You’ll arrive at Furnace Creek where you’ll check into your amazing room and get settled in. We will gather late in the afternoon for a short yoga practice to stretch out from our day of travel. Then we’ll have dinner to get acquainted and go over the week ahead.
After dinner you’ll travel to Twentynine Mule Team Canyon where you will experience a famous dark sky night in Death Valley! As the sun sets you will enjoy the history of the canyon that was part of the route used to haul Borax out of the valley. But the best part of the night comes when the sun disappears and the sky grows dark revealing millions of stars, planets, and the cloudy spectacle of the Milky Way!
Day 2: March 19th-Hike Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop
You rise early not to miss the magical awakening of the desert as the sun rises over the mountains. After a refreshing and meditative sun rise, you’ll enjoy an invigorating yoga practice and your first hearty breakfast in Death Valley. Then you’ll grab your gear and head out for a spectacular hike from Zabriskie point.
Traveling though Gower Gulch and the beautiful Golden Canyon you begin to understand the stunning beauty of Death Valley, painted with layers of mineral deposits, and many different kinds of rock formations. During this time of the year, the spring bloom adds even more vibrant color to the landscape. This 7.5 mile hike is the perfect way to experience many different aspects of the region in one loop trail; including Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, Red Cathedral, and the Badlands. You’ll finish the hike in awe, gazing over the afternoon shadows of Zabriskie Point.
You’ll return to the Ranch for some time to relax and enjoy the grounds. Later in the afternoon, we will gather at the stables to mount our horses for a sunset ride in the foothills of the funeral mountains. We will return for dinner and a grounding yin yoga practice to finish out the day.
Day 3: March 20th -Hike the Racetrack and Ubehebe Crater
You start your day with another amazing sunrise meditation and morning yoga practice. After breakfast, we will pack up our jeeps and head out for the Race Track. This mysterious area is deep in the back country and one of the most unique features in Death Valley. For thousands of years giant rocks have moved across the dry lake bed leaving trails behind them. We’ll enjoy lunch before heading back.
Our next stop is Ubehebe Crater where you will enjoy hiking around the volcanic craters in the light of the setting sun. You’ll return for a relaxing dinner and an evening on your own or enjoy a light yin practice to wind down for the night.
Day 4: March 21st -Hiking Marble Canyon
Your day starts with a sunrise meditation and yoga practice. After breakfast we will pack up the jeeps for another epic back country experience. Today you’ll hike Marble Canyon where you will experience beautiful slot canyons and ancient petroglyphs along the way. The drive in is more difficult than the hike which is relatively flat as it winds through the picturesque narrows. You’ll stop for lunch near the petroglyphs before turning back to the trailhead.
Returning to Stovepipe Wells you will hike out onto the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes to enjoy dinner and watch the sunset from this amazing place.
After the sun sets you will linger on the dunes to enjoy the night sky before you return to the Ranch to relax.
Day 5: March 22nd -Badwater and the Devil’s Golf Course
You’ll rise early for sunrise meditation at Dantes View, one of the most picturesque overlooks in Death Vally high above Badwater Basin. Then return to the Ranch for breakfast, before we visit Badwater, the lowest point in the western hemisphere, and walk through the surreal Devil’s Golf Course. We’ll stop at a couple of other must-see spots before we head back to the Ranch to enjoy our last evening in Death Valley!
Day 6: March 23rd Hiking Mosaic Canyon
You’ll rise early for sunrise meditation and a yoga practice on Mesquite Dunes. Then return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. Before returning to Las Vegas you have one more amazing hike into the beautiful Mosaic Canyon. This slot canyon is a fun hike featuring rock formations that have been polished over thousands of years by boulders being swept through the wash. What a perfect way to end your stay in this surreal desert paradise!
After the hike, you will return to the Ranch for lunch and then we will pack up and head back to Las Vegas. You will arrive at the Las Vegas International Airport around 4:30 for your flight home. One final goodbye before you head home relaxed and rejuvenated, filled up with memories and already missing new friends.
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.-John Muir
Show Me The Lodging!
The Ranch at Death Valley Oasis
You’ll be struck by the beauty of the Oasis at Furnace Creek. This historic area features two of Death Valley’s historic lodging properties. Opening in 1933 and recently renovated, the Ranch area includes includes the worlds lowest elevation golf course, an 87 degree spring fed swimming pool, horse stables and much more.
You will love the outdoor garden where you will be practicing yoga each day while gazing over the Oasis and Funeral Mountains. You will gladly make time to relax and soak in the sights and sounds of nature while filling your lungs with clean desert air! The restaurants, shops, and even the park office are all located in close proximity for you to enjoy as you stroll about the beautiful grounds filled with old, mature trees.
You will enjoy the beauty of the grounds right outside your window as you relax and unwind in your comfortable room. Each room features a private patio or balcony, two queen beds or one king bed, private bathroom, a mini refrigerator and other amenities. There are a limited number of king rooms at this property so if you are interested in a king room either for single or double occupancy please let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to secure that configuration while supplies last.
If you are traveling solo and want to book the lower double occupancy rate, you may do so by checking the roommate request box on the booking form. We will do our best to match you with a same gender room mate who is also traveling solo. In the unlikely event we are unable to find a match you will not be charged a single occupancy surcharge.
Show Me The Meals!
Death Valley is located in the middle of nowhere and is one of the largest National Parks in the system, so the food options are limited to the restaurants in the Oasis. This adventure includes all of the meals listed in the ‘whats included’ section, but you are also free to grab food or snacks on your own at one of the other restaurants onsite.
We will have all of our breakfasts and two of our dinners at The Ranch 1849 restaurant. The 1849 features a high quality buffet with rotating entrees, and an extensive salad bar. Our opening night dinner will be at the Inn restaurant with an amazing selection of chef prepared entree’s and plenty of off-menu vegan options. The Last Kind Words Saloon will be providing one of our dinners and will be catering our dunes picnic.
Lunches will be prepared by catering and packed for you to bring on the trail. A menu selection including vegan lunch options will be available prior to the trip and during the trip to select your lunch for the next day.
If you are looking for an afternoon snack or an evening drink, the Ranch also features The Last Kind Words Saloon, the 19th Hole at Furnace Creek Golf Course, an Ice Cream Parlor, The Inn Pool Cafe and more.
We will make every effort to accommodate all dietary restrictions in advance. We have already ensured that Vegans and Vegetarians are accommodated. This is not easy in this remote location so please complete the dietary request form as far in advance as possible so we can work to met your needs.
Tell Me More!
-Transportation to and from the Las Vegas International Airport and Death Valley.
-5 Nights hotel accommodations in The Ranch at Death Valley.
-15 delicious meals.
-all activities listed in the itinerary.
-Jeeps for back country travel.
-Daily Yoga practice.
-Daily guided hikes 5-8 miles.
-The most amazing sunsets on the planet!
-Peace and Tranquility.
Whats Not Included:
-Travel to and from Las Vegas from your home.
-Lunch on day 1 and Dinner on day 6.
-Any items of a personal nature such as snacks, souvenirs, personal care items, etc.
Who Are The Leaders?
When we retreat, we offer ourselves the opportunity to press the pause button on life for a time and give ourselves some much needed selfcare. It’s hard to think of anything more relaxing and grounding than spending a few days in nature, practicing yoga and meditation with a group of fun and interesting people.
This adventure combines all of that with some truly magical desert adventure experiences in one of my favorite National Park’s in the lower 48. Journeying into the back country will leave a positive, lasting impression on your life and I cant wait to share my favorite places in this incredible park.
I truly enjoy leading retreats, teaching yoga, and finding community with new people in new and always interesting places. I love to see the transformation that takes place between our opening dinners and our closing campfire, and the lasting memories that are created in between.
I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you!
Catie’s passion for yoga began as a teenager leading her to study in both the US and India. She combines her passion for Music with yoga to create space that inspires a deep connection of mind, body, and spirit.
Catie holds a 500 hour yoga certification with continuing education in Ayurveda, Sound Healing, Yin and other healing modalities. On this retreat the musical offerings brought by Catie make the desert experience come to life with deep joy and inspiration.
The deeply immersive nature of a yoga adventure offers the perfect setting for Catie’s fun and joyful teaching style and will provide the perfect start and end to a day in Death Valley. Whether it’s a sunrise meditation overlooking the valley or practicing in the gardens of the Ranch, Catie looks forward do offering an experience that will have a lasting impact on everyone who journeys together.
Kyla came to her yoga practice while living in New Jersey as a tool for grounding during a tough time in her life. When she moved to LA she found her home in the Red Diamond Yoga community and decided to complete her 200HR teacher training in the Red Diamond Yoga School.
Kyla brings a lot of energy to her classes which feature a strong and creative flow. Kyla is also trained in Yin Yoga and loves to teach the cooler side of the practice as well. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Kyla can be found managing social media and hanging out with Sunflower…her cat!
We are excited to have Kyla on the team that is leading this retreat! Her kind nature and positive spirit are exactly what everyone needs to feel comfortable outside of their comfort zone. And she knows how to drive a jeep!
I love exploring the world, trying new foods, and spending time outside. Pair all of that with yoga and I can’t think of a better way to make the most out of being alive.-Kyla
There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.-Edward Abbey