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Death Valley bike ride: It's all downhill

August 09, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
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On the Ranch at Furnace Creek's Scenic Downhill Bicycle Tour, participants explore Death Valley National Park; the tour package includes a two-night stay. During cool fall and winter months, the guided ride winds along a 10-mile route that offers views of the park's stark beauty.

Itinerary: The ride begins at Hell's Gate, more than 2,200 feet in elevation, and heads south (and downhill) along Highway 190. The ride travels on paved roadway and takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Dates: Tours start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Oct. 1-Dec. 21, at the Inn at Furnace Creek.

Price: The tour for two costs $408 for a standard room and $453 for a deluxe room, excluding tax and resort fees. The price, based on double occupancy, includes a two-night stay, guide, bicycles, helmets, transportation from the Inn at Furnace Creek to the start point, water and an energy bar. Riders must be 18 or older, and additional adults can be added to the package for $45.50 each, excluding tax. Use the code "DOWNBIKE" when making a reservation online or by phone.

Info: Furnace Creek Resort, (800) 236-7916, www.furnacecreekresort.com

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