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Death Valley and Nevada Ghost Towns


You are sure to be surprised by the beauty, intrigued by the stories, and awed by the splendor that is Death Valley National Park and the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Death Valley… its name alone conjures up all sorts of images: lonely prospectors, teams of mules on boxes of borax, and early television westerns. 


  • 2 nights Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley
  • 2 nights in the haunted Mizpah Hotel in Death Valley
  • Overnight Golden Nugget Las Vegas
  • The Goodsprings Ghost Hunt – Walk the ghost town and sit in the Pioneer Saloon, “speak” to the ghosts that inhabit the old mining town
  • Belmont – A “semi-abandoned” ghost town to explore near Tonopah
  • Ghost stories at the Mizpah; visits to the ghost towns of Goldfield, Gold Point, and Rhyolite, all with ghosts of their own
  • Travel the Extraterrestrial Highway and stop at Little Ale-ee-Inn for refreshment and unique souvenirs
  • Full day of Death Valley touring, featuring the Amargosa Opera House, Zabrinski Point, Badwater Salt Flats and the Devil’s Golf Course

Explore the deserted or nearly deserted towns along the way, finishing up with a ride on the Extraterrestrial Highway. Our Ghost Hunt takes you into the desert to the ghost town of Goodsprings, where you will be talking to the spirit world. Perhaps the most intriguing trip in the catalog...


Daily Itinerary

Death ValleyDay 1

Arrive in Las Vegas on a morning flight and head off towards Death Valley National Park. Pause for lunch in Pahrump, sort of the opposite of a ghost town. Pahrump didn’t get its first paved road from Las Vegas until 1960, and as late as 1980 the population, now 36,000, was a scant 2,000 people. The Amargosa Opera House is a great first introduction to the region. Hear the story of Marta and the Opera House. Frozen in time like a capsule from decades past, it is a gem of the desert. Arrive in Death Valley in the late afternoon. Furnace Creek Ranch – 2 nights (L,D)

Death ValleyDay 2

Despite a name that tends to scare people away, Death Valley is really the most incredible desert canvas. Today, you paint your own picture, as you visit unique valley “attractions” like the Devil’s Golf Course, the
Badwater Salt Flats (the lowest point in the U.S. at 282 feet below sea level), the Borax Works and Ubehebe Crater. (Scotty’s Castle is closed due to flooding until 2021, but you will still hear the story of Death Valley Scotty and see the castle. (FB,L)

RhyoliteDay 3

Depart Death Valley this morning in search of ghosts and ghost towns. First stop is Rhyolite. Within the park boundaries, right next to Bullfrog, another ghost town. The train depot is still standing and there’s a lot of history here. No people to speak of, just history. Pause for lunch in Beatty, and then continue on to Goldfield and Gold Point. These are entirely different stories. One town was the site of a world championship boxing match a hundred years ago. The other is headed up by a man who once managed McDonald’s restaurants and now has escaped to the desert. Characters, the desert is full of characters, and they are all part of our canvas. Mizpah Hotel – 2 nights (FB,L,D)

Day 4

Your home in Tonopah is the Mizpah Hotel. Once the jewel of the desert, she fell into disrepair before her rebirth a half dozen years ago. Now the Mizpah has returned to being a haven for travellers, and also home to a number of spirits. Tonight, you’ll hear the stories of the ghosts of the Mizpah. But first, a morning trip to a true ghost town, Belmont. Founded after a silver strike in 1865, it’s mostly deserted now. From 1867-1905 it was the county seat. The old courthouse is still standing, awaiting an angel to fund its restoration. (FB,L,D)

Valley of Fire State ParkDay 5

Another adventure awaits on the journey back to Las Vegas. Nevada State Highway 375 stretches for 98 miles, and except for a couple of ranches, the town of Rachel is the only settlement along what is known as the Extraterrestrial Highway. It’s the home of the Ale-ee-Inn (read that slowly twice and you’ll get it…), and we will stop for refreshments. Tonight, come with us to Goodsprings, for an authentic Ghost Hunt. Each person will have a ghost meter, so you can communicate directly with the spirit world. Hear the story of Clark Gable, and how he burned a hole in the bar of the Pioneer Saloon waiting for word on his wife, Carole Lombard. Alas, her plane had crashed in the nearby mountains. Ms. Lombard’s ghost is known to speak to people from time to time. It’s fun and educational. Believe it or don’t, the point is, you have a lot more information on which to base your beliefs! Golden Nugget (FB,L,D)

Day 6

This morning, there Is an optional (included) visit to the Mob Museum. Learn the story of how Las Vegas started and the mobsters who ran the town. (Many people say the mob bosses were more compassionate and a bigger part of the community than the corporate owners who run the casino/hotels today.) Your flight back to Sacramento departs in mid-afternoon. (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 to Monday, November 12, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 to Monday, November 12, 2018
Begins in 107 days.
6 Days, 14 Meals

5 full breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

$ 2355
$ 2645

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