Death Valley


Death Valley Encounter

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A Multiday Ride in the Death Valley Historical Area
December 28 through 31, 2019

Basic Ride Info: The trails will be similar to last year. We will include the nice single track trail down the spine of the Slate Range where you will be able to see the Manley escape route from a birds eye view. The ride consists of desert type terrain that will range from excellent footing and soft sand to rocks and hard packed. Elevation gain will be moderate. All four days will be loop rides out of the same camp, including the LD trail for the first day. Ride meetings and the New Years Eve party are all held in the warm and comfortable Trona Golf Club House. 

Heidi and the Hurricanes to perform at the New Years Eve party and dance.

2020 AERC Ride Season 50/50/50/50 & 25/30/30/30 LD distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather. Intro rides vary from 10-15 miles.This is a multi-day format of 4 separate 50’s and 4 LD’s. The daily rides are sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference for the 2019 Ride Season.

All XP Rides in the 2020 season will include the WDRA option where trails for the endurance distance and the limited distance rides are compensated for time and difficulty of terrain.  AERC rides do not allow us to continue doing that. WDRA also offers us an opportunity to treat riders and horses with the respect they deserve and to use our judgement in making deviations so our rides can return to the relaxed fun loving events of the past. 


Use your discretion to pick the best way to get to the “quaint little town in the eastern Sierras”.  Go 6.45 miles after crossing the railroad tracks in Trona and turn right on Valley Wells Road. Camp is on the right side of the road just before the Country Club Parking Lot.

Do not camp with horses in the parking lot of the golf course. The correct location is to the right of the paved road before the club house. Don’t pull in there before noon on December 26th. If you are arriving in the area earlier than that you can find nice accommodations at the fairgrounds on the east side of Ridgecrest or at the Johnson home in Inyokern. There are also numerous open areas in which you can camp in the desert. You are welcome to call us at 907 209 8881 when you get to town and we will help you with your needs.

Destination information for health certificates: Health certificates are required for horses coming into California from other states. They are not required for horses coming from within the state. The requirements for health papers vary depending on conditions both in California and other states. Your local veterinarian will be able to counsel you on current requirements. The destination address is Trona Golf and Social Club, Valley Wells Road, Trona, CA 93562Meals: Dinners are available each evening of the ride for an additional fee. The fee for the New Years’ dinner will be $20 and will be a steak barbecue with all the fixings. You will need to pay for your dinner ticket for the New Years dinner when you check in to ride. Lunches will be hot soup and hot chocolate on two of the days, bbq hot dogs on another day, and bbq beef sandwiches on another day. The lunches are included in the daily entry fee.

Ride Rules: AERC rules apply for the AERC sanctioned rides. The XP management differentiates between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times. The WDRA rides are like those good old days, where both management and riders had more fun.

You can pay at the ride after determining how many days you end up riding. Entry fees for the AERC events are $120.00 per day. Entry fees for WDRA events are $100.00 per day.  The fees were increased due to a 60% increase in California drug fees as well as a 20% increase in BLM fees. Sorry about that.

Phone 907 209 8881 or e-mail

Ride Photos by Steve Bradley Photography.























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