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Paleontology Hiking Tour-DVNHA's Death Valley Institute

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Meet-up location: (flag pole)

Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, CA 92328

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Death Valley contains fossil evidence of large mammals that once roamed this area. Due to the sensitive nature of the location, access is only permitted a few times a year, and only to very small groups accompanied by a guide.

EXPERT LED: The hikes will be led by paleontologist Dr. Torrey Nyborg, who has spent over 15 years doing research in Death Valley. His PhD work was on these fossils and he is considered the leading authority on this site.

2-DAY EVENT: Dr. Nyborg has agreed to guide us, share his expertise, and, in addition, lead a second hike to another intriguing location.

DATES: November 18-19, 2017, and December 16-17, 2017.

SCHEDULE and LOGISTICS: On Saturday, attendees will gather at 7:45 at the flagpole in front of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Participants must sign insurance waivers upon arrival. From there the group will carpool to the day’s hike location. Sturdy hiking shoes and at least 3 liters of water per person are required.

SATURDAY is scheduled to be a strenuous hike of approximately 7-8 miles in length (round-trip) at the location featured in the LA time's article: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-death-valley-fossils-20161116-story.html termed the "barnyard." This is the same hike we've conducted in previous years up an alluvial fan south of Badwater. This hike takes all day. Be prepared to adhere to Leave No Trace Principles.

Sunday is scheduled for a 3-mile (round-trip) hike near Cow Creek. This usually takes a few hours.

DVNHA reserves the right to deny tour access if participant does not have the proper equipment or is considered not physically capable of completing this strenuous program.

Please note that participants are still responsible for paying the park entrance fee upon arrival and that the price of this event does not include any lodging accommodations.

No discounts or refunds will be given if you are unable to attend one or both days of hikes.

By registering for this event, you agree to DVNHA's terms and conditions.

---IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER---All attendees are to meet at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center at 7:45 am (outside at the flagpole) and wait for an in-person briefing. The itinerary may change and cellular/email communication is spotty and not dependable in our remote location.*


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes! The name on the ticket doesn't have to match the participant, but space is limited, so to be allowed on the tour participants must have a ticket proving the reservation. This ticket will be emailed to you after purchase.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

At tour time, meet the DVNHA representative at the flagpole in front of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. If you are willing to drive to the actual hiking location that would be greatly appreciated. Upon meeting, participants will decide who will ride together to try and limit the number of vehicles parked along the side the road (maximum 6).

What can I bring into the event?

Visitors are encouraged to bring atleast 3 liters of water (day pack recommended) sack lunch, sturdy closed-toe shoes with ankle support, a hat, sunscreen (terrain: rocky, uneven and unstable. Walking sticks or staff is helpful). Cameras are okay, the guide will go over approprate use and disclocure of location for any photographs or videos taken duiring tour. No pets please.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Renee Rusler at dvi@dvnha.org, or call 775-764-0726.

What's the refund policy?

NO REFUNDS. Your ticket will not be refunded if you are unable to attend. Ticket purchase goes to a good cause: Preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the Death Valley region in cooperation with our government partners: Death Valley National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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Meet-up location: (flag pole)

Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, CA 92328

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