8 Days / 7 Nights / 906 miles / 1458 km / 28° - 63° F / 7° - 25° C
Fall colors in the Owens Valley of California, nothin' like it! Rent a VW from Vintage Surfari Wagons, or drive your own and convoy along with like minded folks this October through the Owens Valley on this 8 day guided camp tour.
Convoy with us as we guide you through Vintage Bill's ol' stomping grounds... the Alabama Hills, Eureka Sand Dunes, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Benton Hot Springs, Mono Lake, Mammoth, Crowley Lake, Tom's Place, Bishop and Red Rock Canyon.
We'll treat you to some amazing camp vittles prepared by cooks from the West that love to camp.
Under starry skies pull up a chair and warm yourself by the fire, get to know your kindred VDubr's, play charades, have a laugh and sample the campfire favorite - S'mores... reinvented with our grown-up flavor combinations!
Settle in each night under the canopy of your very own classic Campmobile. A proverbial nest outfitted with cozy down duvets and ultra safe propane heaters. Ahhh-wake in a private paradise with magnificent vistas of the Sierra Mountains.
DAY 1 & 2 :: Fossil Falls, Lone Pine, Whitney Portal, Alabama Hills
DAY 3 :: Eureka Sand Dunes, Death Valley*
DAY 4 :: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Grandview*
DAY 5 :: Coppertop BBQ, Bishop, Benton Hot Springs
DAY 6 :: Mono Lake, June Lake Loop, Mammoth Mtn, Twin Lakes, Tamarack Lodge
DAY 7 :: Hot Creek, Red Rock Canyon
DAY 8 :: Costa Mesa
*Destination subject to change due to weather conditions.
WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Tuesday, October 8th at 8 am and will be returning from Red Rock Canyon mid to late afternoon, Tuesday, October 15th
• Single Occupancy: 2880 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1920 USD (per person)
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $80 USD (per person per day)
• Tag-along Buses: $1120 USD Double Occupancy (3rd & 4th traveler $80 USD per day)
• Kids 10 Years And Younger Travel Free
taxes not included
Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid 7 days prior to departure
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Provided in the cost is an 8 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, down duvet, propane heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, one nights stay at a luxury retreat in Mammoth, travel snack boxes, 4 impressive evening meals, 4 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.
MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS: A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one. We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.
OPTIONS: If you'd like to add more nights to your journey just ask, or if you have your own bus and want to join in let us know. We aim to please and nothing is out of the question.
Depending on the interest of our campers morning yoga sessions may be available
HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR ITINERARY...
Day 1 & 2 Lone Pine | 241 mi - 388 km
From our base camp in Lone Pine you'll be free to explore hiking trails at nearby Whitney Portal or poke around the Alabama Hills, the Movie Museum, Cerro Gordo Mine, Diaz Lake or Horseshoe Meadow.
Day 3 Eureka Sand Dunes | 91 mi - 46 km
We'll journey on roads less traveled to our dry camp at Eureka Sand Dunes. Here you'll be a witness to tallest natural sand dunes in the United States, 3 square miles of them, rising 700 feet from the valley floor!
Day 4 Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest | 81 mi - 130 km
After early morning robust provisioning we will wind our way up out of the sand dune valley to the pine mountaintop, setting up camp at Grandview - a popular spot for star gazers and astronomy groups as the night sky is very dark. The following morning we'll explore the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest on a pre-lunch hike. This is home to some of the most gnarled and photogenic trees you may ever see. Methuselah is estimated to be 4,743 years old!
Day 5 Benton | 53 mi - 85 km
The oldest existing town in Mono County, Benton was originally founded by Western Indians who sought out it's natural hot springs. We too will make use of it's hot springs as we soak our hike-aches away at eclectic Benton Hot Springs. Each campsite features it's own private hot tub!
Day 6 Mammoth via Mono Lake | 79 mi - 127 km
Driving out of Benton we'll see dramatic rock formations as we mosey toward Mammoth via Hwy 120 and it's high desert environment. On the way we'll pass by the strangely beautiful Mono Lake and the adjacent towering cinder cones of the young Mono Crater volcanos. From there we'll take a local back road, June Lake Loop into Mammoth Lakes, our final destination - a luxury retreat in the pines. We'll spend the late afternoon and evening kicking back in front of a majestic stone fireplace. Venture out for a fall color hike and meet up later at our cabin for vittles and libations. Arise to fresh mountain air and a daub of Sierra views.
Day 7 & 8 Red Rock Canyon and Beyond | 192 mi - 309 km / 163 mi - 262 km
Our final stop on our journey home will find us steppin' back in time at Red Rock Canyon, a 27,000 acre state park situated at the Southern most tip of the Sierra Nevada Range. Spectacular dark red layers of sedimentary rock have been heaved hundreds of feet in the air by the nearby Garlock Fault. Many of Hollywood's biggest Western stars have worked in these canyons, including John Wayne, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Gabby Hayes and Gary Cooper.
On Day 8 we'll pull up stakes and roll back to VSW Headquarters in Costa Mesa.
CONTACT US: Speak to one of our guides first! Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call...