Explore the most popular hiking 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.

scenic driving
5 days 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
7 days 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Not a very good golf course; drive to end of road to the parking area and walk through the very rough and chunky rocky hard minerals that cover the bottom of the basin. Interesting phenomenon, worth a quick stop. It was only 129 degrees in the valley...

Unless you consider walking the dirt road with cars passing by and dusting you a trail, this is not a trail. Save time and the eating of dust. Drive to the parking area at the end, enjoy the vista, hop back in the car and find a real hike.

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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Started this hike from Zabriskie Point early in the morning watching the sunrise bounce off the golden red hills as we made our trip counter clockwise around the loop. Going in this direction the first part of the hike is downhill and the return is a gradual upward walk. We elected to go this way to catch the early morning light on the hills and were glad we did. If you go later in the day you may want to start at the bottom and work your way around clockwise. This way gives a gradual up and my leave you some shadow in the canyons to cool down on your way back.

This is a nice loop hike which is on the easy side of moderate. If you don’t mind a few people on the trail I would recommend this trail as the one to take in the area. If you want to be on your own try the in and out Desolate Canyon trail we did not run into anyone.

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
27 days 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
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

We spent 5 days in Feb of 2003 hiking a variety trails in Death Valley. We camped in our RV's. You can see all of the short hikes we did during the week by clicking on my member name Nancy Harvey. Weather was perfect for hiking and it even snowed one night!!!

Beautiful! Go at sunrise if possible.

This is absolutely breath taking. Don’t go at the hottest point of the day or you’ll burn out quickly, it’s a lot harder to walk in the sand than it looks. Keep going past where all of the people are and it will quickly turn silent with almost no footprints. This quickly becomes otherworldly.

My first hike in Death Valley and it was memorable! Great moderate hike with plenty of great views. Make sure to get to the trailhead early for parking and to beat the heat. There are some narrow sections during the hike that might make some nervous if they are REALLY afraid of heights. And of course bring plenty of water.

Fun hike and great photo opportunities especially during sunset! Difficulty varies depending on how steep the dunes are. Saw a few folks bring a sled or snowboard to go down the dunes. Looked like they had a blast riding down the dunes

Unbearingly hot when we hiked, but amazing to see the salt flats. It looked like it rained recently or got worn out when we hiked. Had to walk far into the flats to see the honeycomb looking structures. Must see in the park!

off road driving
2 months ago

Definitely need an off roaring vehicle! Or something at least with high clearance. Once you start there’s no turning around.
One of my favourite places to date. Lots of wildlife and places to stop and do small hikes around. The old town is super cool too. Some people drive though it quickly, but honestly take your time and soak everything in. It’s gorgeous

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