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Death Valley Hiking Tour

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Due to low numbers, this tour has combined with tour scheduled for March 15-20, 2020.  

Explore the diverse sights in Death Valley and see the beauty of California’s spectacular desert scenery by foot. In addition to visiting the beautiful canyons, panoramic vistas, learn about the dramatic geology and remarkably hardy flora and fauna. Hikes include visits to Badwater Basin, Harmony Borax Works, Keane Wonder Mine, Salt Creek & Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Titus Canyon and Ubehebe Crater. See unique species endemic to the area in Death Valley as well as neighboring Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Evenings will consist of observing the darkest skies in the country for fantastic stargazing.  This tour begins with a 1-night stay in Las Vegas. Each day will consist of 1-4 miles of hiking and in the company of an on-tour nature guide. 


MSU Host – Tim Potter

Tim Potter manages the MSU Bikes Service Center at Michigan State University, an on-campus operation owned by MSU since 2006 where he oversees a host of bike-related services, programs and initiatives which is a silver-level Bicycle Friendly University.  Tim has worked as a bike tour guide, mechanic, interpreter and driver in Japan for Americans and for Japanese cyclists in the Canadian Rockies along with hosting MSU Alumni Association bike tours in California and Northern Michigan wine country.  He greatly enjoys bicycling of all types, soccer, hiking, XC skiing, photography and anything related to Japan.  He’s greatly enjoyed hiking and exploring waterfalls in the mountains of Japan near his wife’s home town in Shiga Prefecture.  In 1983 he met Hiromi, a native of Japan.  They've now been married almost 35 yrs. and have 3 grown kids (Alex, Heidi, & Wendy) and 2 dogs (Mae, Bella).

A minimum number of participants is required to send the MSU host.