Grotto Canyon is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and off road driving and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
The ending is a cute waterfall where you hang from a tree. Does get pretty dirty though. Amazing to see water stream like that in the middle of the desert
4WD necessary for deep sand in parking area and leading up to it.
Otherwise, hike is great and has immediate payoff-- grottos and short (8-15'), fun dry falls after less than half a mile. Some technical equipment may be required. Canyon continues after the 4 mile mark, but the narrows section ends. We only saw one other group during the entire hike, which is pretty normal for Grotto Canyon.