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hiking
13 days ago

Very easy. We went right before sunrise. Absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend during sunrise.

Easy hike. Great views inside Canyon. Went off on a couple different branches of the canyon as the trail wasn’t clearly marked as you got deeper in. Recommend using the map in the app to help.

El viaje fue muy increíble y este lugar es encantador, el blanco de la sal es tan bonito, es un buen lugar para fotos, lo recomiendo mucho.

We did this hike first thing in the morning, and had Gower Gulch to ourselves. Golden canyon was so crowded until you get to red cathedral then we had it to ourselves again! By the time we got back to our car at Zabriskie point that parking lot was packed. So go early and hang in there because the whole loop is awesome! It has a little bit of everything-rock scrambling, colorful rocks, high canyon walls, some flat easy walking as well as some ups and downs, and fantastic views!

Great feeling

Hiked in April 2018. If you are in DVNP then you have to visit Badwater Basin - the lowest point in the US. The walk is easy and flat - the adventure for us were the winds - winds that held us up as we leaned in and made visiting the pit toilets an adventure.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked in April 2018. Short, easy hike into a canyon that was true to its name.

Hiked in April 2018. The sand dunes are another must see in DVNP. You feel like you are in another world. Walking in sand can be a challenge and the wind was fierce along the way. We were covered from head to toe with a layer of sand by the end of the hike. Bandanas and sunglasses were a must.

Great experience! The salt flats were incredible and there was great light for photos

scenic driving
1 month ago

Great scenic drive!

Great colors!

Like the devil's golf course, this was a truly unique landscape. I ended up walking the .8 miles out to the end of the path

no hike needed to view this. the landscape is unlike anything I have ever seen before. worth a stop

1 month ago

seems like you would have to take the scenic drive in order to get to this. not sure why this is a seperate "trail". bit yeah, the colors are cool and worth checking out

1 month ago

the drive itself was boring and in my opinion (as the driver) not very scenic. the main attraction is the artist's palette. it's quick and easy though and def worth experiencing...I was hoping for more. maybe I missed something?

scenic driving
1 month ago

This is a paved one-way road you drive. If you don’t have much time to hike then definitely take this drive it is worth it. It is a multitude of different scenery, colours, geology, formations etc.... It changes so much take it slow and enjoy the 360 view. There are a few turnouts, you should take them and see what the short hikes have to offer. No turning around (one-way road) so take advantage! You won’t be disappointed.

1 month ago

Climb sand dunes is always fun. Easy access, and be careful with sun even in winter.

I did the hike to Red Cathedral and back, but I’d love to go back and explore more of this majestic landscape. I highly recommend this unique and otherworldly hike.

Not a hike but a great view

5 stars for a sunset view! After a long day of hiking this was a nice end of the day stroll

Great view! Your knees can get a little shaky when you have a fear of heights, but the view will make you forget the fear!

review from 11-12.
perfect weather! very few people along the trail. took a few wrong turns along the way and had a great time exploring in seclusion

1 month ago

cool views. i didn't even go on the trail. i just parked at the viewpoint got out, took a few pics and took off afterwards because the temperature dropped down to like 40 degrees ( this was on the 12th and I wasnt dressed for that chilly, windy weather...the rest of the day was perfect, warm prob mid 70s). so overall, it was cool, I wish I had ventured out on the trail with the appropriate attire

1 month ago

high reward and payoff for a nealy nonexistent hike. amazing view

spent the morning on the dunes for the sunrise a couple weeks ago and ended up walking around aimlessly for longer and farther than I intended. got some cool pics while heading out to one of the bigger dunes in the distance. dunes look cool even when viewing from a distance

Absolutely beautiful hike. Decent incline near Zabriski Point. if you dont want to have to start or end you hiking with the heavier incline I recommend starting at the Golden Canyon parking lot and hiking the loop around. The view from Red Cathedral is an absolute must see!

You can hike around as little or as long as you’d like. Interesting to see.

Really neat! Go to the end for the best pictures...less mud in the cool crystal formations. And less people! Hiked 1.7 miles round trip.

hiking
2 months ago

The golden Canyon Trail is a short hike up Golden Canyon to the base of the Red Cathedral formations. this is a popular day-hike that starts at a marked trailhead with parking on Badwater Rd. just south of Furnace Creek.

The first mile of the the trail is a mild hike up a canyon surrounded on all sides by golden rock formations and slot canyons. After mile one reaches a junction for the Gower Gulch trail. Continue past this point into a narrow slot canyon. The trail becomes more difficult here, requiring one to scramble over rocks until reaching the top of the slot canyon and the base of Red Cathedral. The view at the top here is spectacular!

After enjoying the top, head back down and out of the slot canyon. Then either hike back down Golden Canyon to the trailhead, or extend the hike and take the junction for Gower Gultch.

(As anywhere in DVNP, the heat can be extreme, even outside of summer. Carry extra water!)

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