Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

EASY 5 reviews
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Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles 88 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


10 months ago

Most of this trail is a boardwalk that forms a loop. At the furthest part of the loop there is a sandy footpath that leads you along the creek for a more secluded experience. Interpretive signs point out species of interest. Be prepared for no shade and limited parking. The endangered pupfish is found in this creek (it is only found at one other location in the world...also within Death Valley NP). At only 4 centimeters long, they can be hard to spot in the creek, but they dart around to and from vegetation if you look closely.

1 year ago

Absolutely beautiful! Easy hike suitable for everyone, lovely views and if you time it for sunset you can really see the light change. We saw a giant moth the size of a small bird and a lot of pupfish. Unique palnts and adaptations to salty environment.

3 years ago

Super easy hike, just about anyone can do it. The real prize are the Salt Creek Pup Fish. It isn't just anywhere that you can see a species that lives no where else and in such hostile conditions. The salt level in the creek can reach up to 8 times that of the Ocean the creek is so shallow that the fish make ripples on the surface as they swim. It is amazing watching the fish swim.

4 years ago

6 years ago