Explore the most popular scenic driving 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.

Enjoyed this, not really a hike but very neat!

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One of the most unique and fascinating places! Salt looks like the piles of dirty snow we get in the spring in Montana. A must do exploration!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful

walking
2 months ago

Definitely a unique landscape. Definitely worth a pit stop since you're already in the park. But I'd consider this an interesting photo opp only and not worth a ton of exploration.

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome drive. The road wasn't as difficult to drive as the first time I was there about 10 years ago. We got to stay at the Geologist Cabin for one night. Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Unique!!

Really interesting salt formations. The ground is covered in hard, sharp, and uneven formations. Hard to walk too far out from the parking area but well worth the stop.

off road driving
3 months ago

Off-road clearance recommended and not really fo cars.
note that the trail is often washboarded and that can really slow you down.
There are a couple of good trails you can explore further (and an alternative out) but those are for experienced off-road drivers only.

5 months ago

Fun 4x4 drive through Mengel Pass into Death Valley. Not a difficult drive for a high clearance vehicle. Was able to get through easily with a Unimog 1300 camper. Stock SUV can get through but should take care.

off road driving
8 months ago

Beautiful views, easy for the most part although in some areas it would definitely be better to have a high clearance 4x4. Leadfield mine and the petroglyphs are must stops.

off road driving
10 months ago

So many amazing parts to this drive. Each time you think it can't get better, it does. The end is just spectacular and so much fun to drive.

off road driving
11 months ago

Outstanding place! Couple sections on this drive and they are all unique in their own ways. Really need to experience it yourself, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Fairly easy drive if you have the right vehicle, heck, saw a Camry half way through after a pretty hard drive. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with off roading shocks otherwise you just have to take it slow to avoid shock fade. Really don't need 4x4 however would make it a little easier on the switch backs. High clearance is also optional be there are some dips and wholes so expect some scrapes. Or just drive a rental like the Camry I saw and not care about all that.

We were there on Memorial Day weekend which is the hottest time of the year to go. It was over 100 degrees and miserable but the trade off is there's hardly anyone there.

The trail is one way only! Starts on the back side of Death Valley on the Nevada side.

scenic driving
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One of a kind scenery, easy to get to, surrounded by other popular sites. Friend and I were on our way back to camp, and almost skipped going to check this out since we hadn't heard much about it. Turns out we actually found this much more interesting than Badwater Basin! Even if you don't get out of the car, it's worth making a quick circle around the parking lot to check it out. The rocky surface is very bulgy and rough. It's one giant field of tripping hazards, so take care if you venture out. I really enjoyed watching sunset and moonrise from here. Light coming in at an angle plays off the rocks in a way you won't see elsewhere in the park...or maybe even elsewhere in the world?

on Titus Canyon Road

off road driving
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Easy Offroading. Great views!

on Racetrack Road

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You can tell who's driving the rentals because they're flying down the road. It took awhile in my Tacoma and if you try this in a car(and we saw cars) be careful. But it's worth the trip.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Drove in 4x4 Silverado, no problems. Fun scenic road.

off road driving
Monday, December 26, 2016

My Jeep Compass got shock oil leaked at the end of the road but managed to get back with careful driving. I've seen Mustang on the road as well. The south end of the lakebed has more interesting rocks. Amazing landscape.

off road driving
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Easy drive if your not shy of heights and drop offs. Go early and spend time hiking around and various points of interest.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Tough drive, well worth it with the right vehicle, very unique feature if you can make it there

off road driving
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Beautiful once you get to the racetrack. Roads are freshly grated so the drive is slow going

off road driving
Friday, February 05, 2016

This drive is worth doing for the scenery. If you expect a 4x4 trail then you will be disappointed. The road is rocky and bumpy but if you stay on the tire tracks you will be fine. The road is mild enough to enjoy the vistas and not have to worry about serious obstacles. I didn't see any need to switch into 4 Wheel Drive on the road. Sit back and enjoy the amazing views. I look forward to doing this on a mountain bike.

off road driving
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The narrows are beautiful!!

Definitely a worthwhile trip. The scenery is outstanding and its a great #4/5 (high easy/low moderate) road for a great intro to Death Valley. I took my FJ Cruiser through here in High-4 mode and it was easy-peasy. Saw some non-4x4 passenger vehicles struggling with the rockier portions of the road. Not sure how they made it past Leadfield as there were some serious holes in the rock portion that my FJ filled with 3/4 of a tire. I would have pretty ticked off if one of them had gotten stuck in front of me going down the grade. Its a one way road (for good reason) and it would have been a nightmare trying to go backwards on the trail.. very few opportunities for two cars to pass each other.

Expect soft sandy beds, rocky downgrades, big holes, and lots of rockfall.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I started the drive out to the Racetrack around 4am to catch the sunrise, with little off-roading experiencing and in a rental mid-size SUV it was intimidating in the dark. But coming back during the day, while other cars were just beginning the drive out, was a thrill. The scenery is interesting with the grove of Joshua trees and desert plants.

walking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Easy enough hike into Titus Canyon. You do have to keep an eye and an ear out for cars passing through the road though. The hike is relatively flat but it's gravely.

off road driving
Monday, June 22, 2015

Amazing. Worth the long drive, especially since the surrounding scenery includes beautiful mountains and hills covered with Joshua trees. There was one other vehicle the day we went out; we had the lake bed to ourselves for quite a while.

off road driving
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Listen to the Planet Earth soundtrack while driving! It will make the experience even more epic.

off road driving
Monday, September 15, 2014

Most remote place I have taken the adventure trailer. Talk about being in the middle of nowhere!

off road driving
Monday, June 23, 2014

I love, love, love Titus Canyon. If you're driving this, it is a 26-mile off-road trip that takes you through gorgeous desert country and ends with stunning high canyons on either side of the road. It's a must see for any trip to Death Valley--just be sure to check the road conditions with the park rangers to ensure that your high axle vehicle won't get stuck; also be sure to know how to change a tire because flat tires can happen any time on these back roads. You can also hike Titus Canyon, but hey, why hike it when there's this awesome 26-mile one way dirt road that offers you so much!! Not for the faint of heart, and not for the family sedan. And as always in the desert, travel with tons of water in your car and some food.

hiking
Sunday, March 30, 2014

You can hike along Titus Canyon Road to the ghostown of Leadfield. Bring plenty of water!

off road driving
Sunday, April 07, 2013

One way road has hair pin turns and sheer drop offs; not recommended for those who can't handle that. Spectacular scenery.

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