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Day Hikes

Furnace Creek Area

Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail

  • Length: 1 mile, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Golden Canyon parking area, 2 miles south of Hwy 190 on the Badwater Road.
  • Description: Easy, self-guided trail through colorful canyon. Red Cathedral located 0.5 mile up canyon from last numbered trail marker.


Gower Gulch Loop

  • Length: 4 miles round-trip.
  • Starting Point: Golden Canyon parking area, 2 miles south of Hwy 190 on the Badwater Road.
  • Description: Colorful badlands, canyon narrows, old borax mines. Follow posts with reflective arrows from stop #10 in Golden Canyon 2 more miles to Zabriskie Point, or at the trail junction past Manly Beacon, follow rock cairns down side drainage to Gower Gulch and then down the Gulch to finish the loop. Two easy dryfalls must be scrambled down in Gower Gulch.
  • Moderate hike.
  • DANGER: Hiking this loop during the summer is not recommended.


Desolation Canyon

  • Length: 1 mile, one-way.
  • Starting Point: End of left fork Desolation Canyon Road, (not marked, look closely for it) 3.7 miles south of Hwy. 190 on Badwater road.
  • Description: Narrow canyon through colorful badlands. From road's end, drop into main wash heading south. Hike up canyon, keeping to right at the forks.


Natural Bridge Canyon

  • Length: 1 mile, round-trip.
  • Starting Point: Natural Bridge parking area, 1.5 miles off the Badwater Road on graded dirt road, 13.2 miles south of Hwy 190.
  • Description: Moderate uphill walk through narrow canyon. Large natural bridge at 0.3 mi. Trail ends at dry waterfall.


Badwater Salt Flat

  • Length: 0.5 miles to edge, 5 miles across.
  • Starting Point: Badwater parking area, 17 miles south of Hwy 190 on the Badwater Road.
  • Description: Level walk across lowest place in the Western Hemisphere. Crust of salt crystals may be covered with temporary lake after rain storms. Watch out for muddy areas.
    No Trail
  • CAUTION: Do Not hike this area during hot months!


Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail

  • Length: 0.25 mile, round-trip; for a longer hike, walk the 1 mile bicycle path along Hwy 190 from Furnace Creek.
  • Starting Point: Harmony Borax Works parking area, 1 mile north of Furnace Creek on Hwy 190.
  • Description: Easy paved trail loops around ruins of 1880's borax processing plant. Interpretive signs along trail tell the story of what you are seeing.


Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

  • Length: 0.5 mile round-trip.
  • Starting Point: Salt Creek parking area, 1 mile off Hwy. 190, 13.5 miles north of Furnace Creek.
  • Description: Easy, self guided trail on a boardwalk over small stream. Good for viewing rare pupfish and other wildlife. Best in late winter/early spring.


Sand Dunes

  • Length: 2 miles, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Sand Dunes parking area, 2.2 miles east of Stovepipe Wells, Hwy 190.
  • Description: Graceful desert dunes, numerous animal tracks. Walk cross-country to 120 ft. high dunes. Best in morning or afternoon for dramatic light. Also good for full moon hikes.
  • No Trail


Outside Furnace Creek Area

Mosaic Canyon

  • Length: 2 miles, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Mosaic Canyon parking area, 2 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village on graded dirt road.
  • Description: Popular walk up narrow polished marble-walled canyon. Some slickrock scrambling necessary. "Mosaics" of fragments of rocks cemented together can be seen in canyon walls. Bighorn sheep sighted occasionally.


Titus Canyon Narrows

  • Length: 1.5 miles, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Titus Canyon Mouth parking area, 3 miles off Scotty's Castle road on graded dirt road.
    Description: Easy access to lower Titus Canyon road. Follow gravel road up wash 1.5 mi. through narrows or
  • continue to Klare Springs and petroglyphs at 6.5 miles.
  • No camping allowed.


Dante's Ridge

  • Length: 0.5 miles to first summit, 4 miles one-way to Mt. Perry.
  • Starting Point: Dantes View parking area.
  • Description: Follow the ridge north of Dantes View for spectacular vistas and a cool place to escape summer heat.
  • No Trail for last 3.5 miles.


Keane Wonder Mine Trail

  • Length: 1 mile, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Keane Wonder Mill parking area, 2 miles off Beatty Cutoff road on graded dirt road.
  • Description: Very steep, narrow trail from mill ruins to mine 1500 ft. above. Sweeping views of Death Valley.
  • CAUTION: Do not enter any mines - they are unstable and hazardous.
  • Do not remove any historical artifacts.


Keane Wonder Springs

  • Length: 1 mile, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Keane Wonder Mill parking area, 2 miles off Beatty Cutoff road on graded dirt road.
  • Description: Follow pipeline north along mountain base to sulfur springs and travertine mounds. Beyond springs are remains of an old stampmill and cabin.
  • Do not remove any historical artifacts.


Little Hebe Crater Trail

  • Length: 0.5 mile, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Ubehebe Crater parking area, 8 miles west of Scotty’s Castle.
  • Description: Volcanic craters and elaborate erosion. Hike along west rim of Ubehebe Crater to Little Hebe and several older craters. Continue around Ubehebe’s rim for loop hike.


Darwin Falls Trail

  • Length: 1 mile, one-way
  • Starting Point: Darwin Falls parking area, 2 miles off Hwy 190 on graded dirt road, 1 mile west of Panamint Springs Resort.
  • Description: This small waterfall flows year round in a deep, rugged gorge. Thick vegetation and muddy stream crossings can be challenging.
  • Public water supply, no swimming or bathing please.

Adventurous Hikes: No trails. Rock scrambling... you’re on your own!

Death Valley Buttes

  • Length: 1.8 mile, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Hell’s Gate parking area, 22 miles NE of Furnace Creek.
  • Description: Short but strenuous scramble to the two prominent hills at the foot of the Grapevine Mountains. From Hell’s Gate, walk SW 0.5 mile toward the buttes. Scramble south up the ridge to the first of the buttes. You made it! Now you can decide whether you want to attempt #2. It’s more difficult. If so, descend carefully down the ridge 300 ft., then climb the narrow ridge to butte #2. Extreme care should be used when climbing the buttes. Ridges are narrow and exposed with steep drop-offs. Windy days make this effect quite dramatic. The views are among the best in Death Valley.
  • No Trail


Fall Canyon

  • Length: 3.5 miles, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Titus Canyon Mouth parking area, 3 miles off Scotty’s Castle road on graded dirt road.
  • Description: Spectacular wilderness canyon near Titus Canyon. Follow informal path 1/2 mile north along base of mountains; drop into large wash at canyon's mouth; then hike 2 1/2 miles up canyon to the 35' dryfall. Using caution, you can climb around the falls on the south side. This will give you access to some of the most beautiful narrows in Death Valley. Canyon continues another 3 miles before a second dryfall blocks passage.
  • No Trail


Red Wall Canyon

  • Length: 3 miles, one-way.
  • Starting Point: Scotty’s Castle Road, 3.8 miles north of Titus Canyon road exit.
    Description: Colorful (red) narrow mountain canyon. From road, hike 2 miles up alluvial fan to mouth of canyon (watch for meeting of red and black rock to locate canyon). Rock climbing skills are needed to continue beyond a dry waterfall 1 mile up the canyon.
  • No Trail


Little Bridge Canyon

  • Length: 3 miles, one-way.
  • Starting Point: 3 miles west Scotty's Castle junction on Highway 190. Park along road at end of straight stretch.
  • Description: Climb alluvial fan south of road for 2 miles to canyon mouth. The canyon is very wide at first before narrowing. A small arch appears on the right 1/2 mile into the canyon and a 20 ft high natural bridge spans the east side of the canyon 1/2 mile further on. White quartzite canyon walls and interesting side canyons to explore. Canyon narrows further up from bridge.
  • No Trail

Summer Hikes

Cool places to hike when the Valley gets too hot.

Telescope Peak and Wildrose Peak

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