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Best camping trails in Death Valley National Park

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Explore the most popular camping 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.
Map of camping trails in Death Valley National Park
Park information
Acreage:
3,400,000 acres
Contact
(760) 786-3200
Top trails (10)
#1 - Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 31.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#2 - Eureka Dunes
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
#3 - Texas Springs Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 58 m
#4 - Telescope Peak via Shorty's Well Route
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 40.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - Goler Canyon Road
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 10.9 mi
Many interesting mines and cabins to see, including Charles Manson Hideout Camp nearby in the ghost town of Ballarat. Along the trail, see mines and outstanding Adopt-a-Cabins including Barker Ranch, once the hideout of serial killer Charles Manson and his gang. Other cabins include Russel Camp (a local favorite) and the Geologist's Cabin, popular because it is very tight and clean. The other cabins are mice infested and are posted with danger signs explaining the deadly Hantavirus, which is spread by inhaling dust from mice droppings. Most of this trail is easy to moderate. Only one short stretch over Mengel Pass is difficult. Under normal circumstances, high-clearance 4x4 SUVs can reach this point without a problem. Those with skid plates should also be able to get over Mengel Pass but some caution must be taken to avoid undercarriage damage. Some rock stacking may be necessary. In addition, there is always the possibility that a flash flood through Goler Wash could make it more difficult. This trail is extremely remote. Street-legal vehicles only inside Death Valley National Park.Show more
#6 - Marble Canyon Petroglyphs
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
This is an excellent day hike. The total length can be shortened considerably if you continue driving along the road. 4WD is advised, but not required to get to the trailhead. The hike itself is awesome and the petroglyphs are really cool. Keep a sharp eye out. They are hard to spot.Show more
#7 - Indian Pass
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 30 m
#8 - Swaney Loop
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 14.2 mi • Est. 7 h 43 m
#9 - Hanaupah Canyon Road
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 17.9 mi • Est. 9 h 54 m
#10 - Texas Springs Dunes
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 11 m