Explore the most popular birding trails in Death Valley National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Pristine conditions, but this trail is 14 miles, not 12.

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.

Here is the lowest point in North America, and is probably the most popular roadside spot in DVNP. One can view the area from the roadside overlook, or hike .5 mile trail can be taken out onto the salt flat itself. there are also some saline pools near the trailhead/overlook. Very unique spot in a very unique National Park. Just be prepared for the heat, even outside of summer!

off road driving
14 days ago

entrance is a little long,like a pipeline road for about 8 miles but air down and you can handle the washboard at about 50mph making quick work of it. The rest of the trail is worth it. Great views thru black rock ending in a slot canyon not much wider than your vehicle for about 1.5 with walls above 100 feet. One way only.

Best place for sunrise in Death Valley. Really nice paved path and places to sit at the top to watch the sun come up.

Easy hike with kids. Nice views of the valley too

Super hot! Everyone was right- a lot further than it looks but go all the way to the end!

off road driving
22 days ago

This is a ONE WAY/ ONE DIRECTION trail. Keep in mind that you must enter the way described in this map. This was not clear to me, I thought I could run it in either direction and lost a lot of time on my trip. Very beautiful trail though, high clearance and 4x4 recommended

Awesome hike and views, not too many people. While not the highest in elevation gain, the combo of Panamint City, immediately followed by Telescope kicked butt.

Fun to drive through.

scenic driving
1 month ago

So pretty! Also make sure to do the one way scenic drive!

Not really a hike, just a short walk to the AMAZING viewpoint. Really pretty!

Super hot and much further than you think it is. Deceiving, but so worth it!

Amazing view at the top and really great cliff-side hiking most of the way. I would only do this trail if you are steady-footed as most of the trail is cliff-side and gravelly. Dress in layers as it can be both hot and cold depending on sunlight and wind!

Stupid hot, but insanely awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

Best done in late afternoon with the full sun on the mineral deposits that look like several piles of different colored sand dunes. Very cool. It was only 129 degrees in the valley and getting out of the car was like stepping into an oven.

Nice short in and out hike up a red sandstone slot canyon to a natural bridge and dry waterfall. Easy hike to the end.

Nice in and out hike. We started this hike early and enjoyed the view of the sunrise from the peak at the end of the trail. The hike started off in a wash at the end of a dirt road. Transitioned to a slot canyon and ended with a short steeper uphill gravel stretch. As the name implies we did not run across any other hikers along the way.
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It's super hot during the day but n awesome feeling. Make sure you carry water and wear full sleeves.

It's a fun hike and we see the different rock colors which is fascinating :)

It's not much of a hike, but the view was amazing, couldn't believe it was true. Will cherish the moment for a lifetime... Its awesome awesome awesome and its a MUST!!

Its a nice place was there during sunset and had a great time.

We arrived just in time to catch the sunset with a storm looming behind us. So glad we stopped, it’s definitely worth the walk,

Easy little walk from the parking lot with extraordinary views. You can walk into the canyons and explore as well! There’s no set path once into the canyon from the view point.

Gotta walk the trial! It’s super easy and beautiful!

Completely flat and amazing. Had an otherworldly vibe to it! When we went it was exceptionally windy according to the locals and it was so fun walking on the flats and having the wind whip us around!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views throughout the entire trail! Not too many people today (only passed by three groups) in the AM.

Hot but amazing view of the valley !

Great fun. Easy, interesting and you can hike and walk as other people drive

off road driving
2 months ago

FANTASTIC drive. Im a solo female in my 2014 JK--a novice off road--and i did just fine, but I was concentrating deeply to make sure my tires werent sliced up on the rocks. Also, you have to mind the curves, not just the terrain. It takes about a 2.5 hours in total if you take your time and enjoy it. At an hour in, you begin switchbacking down and up multi-colored, jagged cliffs. This alone is worth the drive from pavement over uneven, rocky desert. Watch for Black-tailed Jackrabbits. The canyon itself is more dramatic than I'd expected and there are plenty of areas where you're the only thing fitting through. This was my 6th time to DV and I'm so thankful i was finally A) in the right kind of vehicle and B) there when it was open!

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