Death Valley National Park

California, United States
 (16 votes, 17 reviews)
Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Full of nature and history, there are endless activities in the park. About the size of the state of Connecticut, one can spend weeks exploring Death Valley and only scratch the surface of what there is to see and do.
Hiking Trails
Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail - easy 2-mile round trip trail though Golden Canyon with Red Cathedral just beyond.

Gower Gulch Loop - moderate 4-mile through colorful badlands, narrow canyons, and old mines.

Desolation Canyon - moderate 3-mile hike through a narrow, colorful canyon.

Natural Bridge Canyon - easy 2-3-mile walk through a narrow canyon to a natural bridge.

Badwater Salt Flat - easy 1-mile walk to the lowest place in North America made from the crust of salt crystals. It's 0.5 mile to the start of the flat and 5-miles wide.

Salt Creek Interpretive Trail - easy 0.5-mile interpretive trail, perfect for seeing wildlife in late winter/early spring.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes - easy 2-mile hike among sand dunes. Best in morning or late afternoon when the light is best.

Mosaic Canyon - moderate 3-mile hike though a narrow canyon with polished walls

Titus Canyon Narrows - easy 3-mile hike to lower Titus Canyon. Continue further to Klare Springs and petroglyphs.

Dante's Ridge - moderate 1-8-mile hike to Mt. Perry. The first viewpoint is 0.5 miles in, and another 3.5-miles to reach Mt. Perry.

Little Hebe Crater Trail - moderate 1-mile trail past volcanic craters.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Ubehebe Crater
A Death Valley hike at this crater who's name is Shoshone for "big basket in the rock."
Easy
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
Titus Canyon 4x4 Road
Popular SUV backroad in Death Valley National Park
Easy
27 mi/
43 km
Willow Canyon
Hiking to a waterfall in Death Valley
Moderate
5.2 mi/
8.4 km
Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop
Experience the beautiful Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch as a loop from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley
Moderate
6.9 mi/
11.1 km
Pleasant Canyon/South Park 4x4 Loop
Challenging route to Briggs Mine Adopt-a-Cabin
Difficult
23 mi/
37 km
Jack Gunn/Maltese Peak
1.3 mile trail near Lane Mill (historical), California
n/a
1.3 mi/
2.1 km

Inyo Mountains Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Swansea-Cerro Gordo 4x4 Road
Rugged backway to Salt Tram Station and Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
Moderate
33 mi/
53 km
Cerro Gordo Peak
2.5 mile trail near Keeler, California
n/a
2.5 mi/
4.0 km

Manly Peak Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Goler Wash/ Mengel Pass 4x4 Trail
Many interesting mines and cabins to see, including Charles Manson Hideout
Difficult
15.6 mi/
25 km
Guides
Pleasant Canyon/South Park 4x4 Loop
Pleasant Canyon/South Park 4x4 Loop
Ballarat, California, United States
 
Difficult: 23 miles, Full day
Challenging route to Briggs Mine Adopt-a-Cabin
Titus Canyon 4x4 Road
Titus Canyon 4x4 Road
Beatty, California, USA
 
Easy: 27 miles, 1-3 hours
Popular SUV backroad in Death Valley National Park
Willow Canyon
Willow Canyon
Greenwater (historical), California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Hiking to a waterfall in Death Valley
Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop
Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop
Death Valley, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Experience the beautiful Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch as a loop from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley
Swansea-Cerro Gordo 4x4 Road
Swansea-Cerro Gordo 4x4 Road
Keeler, California, USA
 
Moderate: 33 miles, Half day
Rugged backway to Salt Tram Station and Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
Ubehebe Crater
Ubehebe Crater
Death Valley, California, United States
Easy: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A Death Valley hike at this crater who's name is Shoshone for "big basket in the rock."
Goler Wash/ Mengel Pass 4x4 Trail
Goler Wash/ Mengel Pass 4x4 Trail
Trona, California, United States
Difficult: 15.6 miles, Full day
Many interesting mines and cabins to see, including Charles Manson Hideout
Jack Gunn/Maltese Peak
Jack Gunn/Maltese Peak
Lane Mill, California, United States
1.3 mile trail near Lane Mill (historical), California
Cerro Gordo Peak
Cerro Gordo Peak
Keeler, California, United States
2.5 mile trail near Keeler, California
Community Trips
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Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park
by philipc on Apr 27, 2010
Death Valley, California, United States
1.2 miles
Leaving the Salt Creek, we continued driving north on the hwy and eventually turned west towards Stovepipe Wells, passed Devil’s Cornfield, and Sand Dunes was on the right.  We had planned ahead so we could see the sunset from the sand dunes.   As we walked further away from the parking lot, the sand dunes was getting smoother and higher.  Some of the dunes could get so high that we had to take...
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Fall Canyon - Death Valley National Park
by ladyonarock on Apr 08, 2010
Death Valley National Park, California, United States
3.7 miles
On day 2 of our trip to Death Valley National Park we headed to Fall Canyon for a long day hike through canyon narrows and to do some bouldering. We explored the first 4 1/2 miles of the canyon gorge that lead us through spectacular deep, colorful, and winding corridors. 
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Badwater Salt Flat, Death Valley National Park
by philipc on Apr 26, 2010
Badwater, California, United States
1.5 miles
Having the lowest elevation in North America (86m below sea level), this basin was entirely covered with salt.  This hot temperature and the lowest salt flat are the main attraction bringing us here.  Walking randomly on the salt basin, we felt like walking on a frozen lake except for the heat.  It was very hot there.  Despite of the heat and the dryness, we did see some water when we dug deep...
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Telescope Peak from Throndike in April
by AllenRbrts on Apr 07, 2009
Panamint, California, United States
13.2 miles
Spring hike up Telescope peak. Started at Throndike because road up to Mahogany Flat was closed due to snow. Put on crampons for the final 2 miles due to snow and ice. Got to the summit for a wonderful view of the Sierras, White Mountains, Badwater and Mt Charleston (near Las Vegas).Pretty chilly at the top, 29 degreees and wind gusting to 40mph.
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Telescope Peak via Shorty's Well
by winstonchu on Oct 24, 2009
Badwater, California, United States
21 miles
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Sidewinder Canyon Slots
by RayFink on Feb 21, 2010
Death Valley, California, United States
4.7 miles
A pretty desert wash hike, but the real attraction is several narrow slot canyons that come in on the south side. Some places are deep and dark enough to require a flashlight! Very cool place...
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Cottonwood to Marble Canyon Loop
by ilya_ktsn on Nov 25, 2010
Death Valley, California, United States
32 miles
The full trip report is at this blog post.
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Golden Canyon - Gower Gulch Loop
by Pfadfinder on Dec 29, 2010
Death Valley, California, United States
6.9 miles
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Racetrack playa, death valley
by SBeckner80 on Nov 14, 2009
Teakettle Junction, California, United States
3.9 miles
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Death Valley Dirt Ride
by Dan-A on Jan 29, 2009
Furnace Creek, California, United States
311 miles
This was two day rides, the southwestern loop on day one, and the north eastern loop on day two. Both started at the campground at Furnace Creek. My ride was a BMW F800GS. Including me, there were 5 riders on day 1, 7 on day 2. Pics:Deano's PicsMy PicsTed's PicsDay one went out the West Road and up to Warm Springs. There is an abandoned house and swimming pool there near a mine, with a...

Reviews
rstolting
Great trip and absolutely beautiful. I recommend going to Salt Creek and checking out the tiny Salt Creek Pup Fish. Its cool to see a species that lives no where else in the world and in such a hostile environment.
Visited on Apr 06, 2013

by rstolting on Apr 22, 2013
Nylonsandwichbelts
had great time would like to go again
Visited on Apr 02, 2013

by Nylonsandwichbelts on Mar 27, 2014
ryron01
Dry winter no wild flowers.
Visited on Mar 24, 2012

by ryron01 on Apr 02, 2012
renegade82us
An amazing hike. Be weary of altitude sickness.
Visited on Jul 17, 2011

by renegade82us on Jul 17, 2011
kuyung
The hiking is difficult but the view is magnificent!
Visited on May 30, 2011

by kuyung on Jun 28, 2011
fitnessequipments
i virtuous would equal to go again
Visited on May 02, 2011

by fitnessequipments on May 20, 2014
LVHiker
Death Valley is one of those special places one has to visit. I love the variation from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere to the elevation of Telescope Peak on the west side of the valley.

Cactus, creosote bush, and some spring flowers are generally the plant life you see in Death Valley. There are some exceptional hikes - Willow Canyon, Mosaic Canyon, and Golden Canyon. There are wonderful historical points such as the Charcoal Kilns at Wildrose and the Skidoo Mines.

In short, Death Valley is a wonderful place to spend many hours exploring and enjoying!

Visited on Mar 11, 2011

by LVHiker on Mar 21, 2011
McMurdoStation
The wind can be very intense. During the south bound leg of an out-and-back route we had a stiff headwind. We climbed up to Salsberry Pass and when we came back down the wind had changed direction 180 degrees. So we had stiff headwinds almost all the time.
Visited on Feb 26, 2011

by McMurdoStation on Mar 07, 2011
Nyloncoretransmissionbelting
Death Valley National Park is best park CA
Visited on Feb 02, 2011

by Nyloncoretransmissionbelting on Mar 27, 2014
narkeeso
I think one of the most under stated places to visit. Absolutely stunning views and it's not over crowded. The whole place is to yourself. Go!
Visited on Jan 15, 2011

by narkeeso on Jan 19, 2011
ilya_ktsn
Trip report is here.
Visited on Nov 25, 2010

by ilya_ktsn on Jul 17, 2011
RedTailTrails
I was fortunate enough to see rain come to Death Valley in a spectacular lightning storm that rolled across the valley. I'll never forget it!
Visited on Nov 06, 2010

by RedTailTrails on Mar 25, 2011
McMurdoStation
Rode the AdventureCorps Fall Century from Furnace Creek to Scotty's Castle. Ride there in the late Fall, Winter, or early Spring and take plenty of water.
Visited on Oct 30, 2010

by McMurdoStation on Dec 01, 2010
gymequipment
amazing place for sightseeing
Visited on May 03, 2010

by gymequipment on May 20, 2014
multigymequip
Really Nice space expensive it
Visited on Apr 05, 2010

by multigymequip on May 20, 2014
dsmeeth
Awesome, facinating, inspiring. A must see!
Visited on Oct 15, 2009

by dsmeeth on Feb 03, 2011
SteveBerry
Hot!!! was there when I was 16. but it was a very cool experience.

by SteveBerry on Oct 30, 2011

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