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.

off road driving
9 days 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!

off road driving
1 month 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

scenic driving
1 month ago

Not really an off-road drive at all - in fact, the whole drive is on a narrow, paved one-way road. There is a couple of places to stop and walk around a little bit, which I would definitely recommend. Even if you just want to drive though, you will get some nice views of cool rock formations. Convenient especially in summer when it's too hot to spend too much time outdoors.

2 months ago

Memorable colors, fairly crowded

2 months ago

Not a hike really, but interesting views

off road driving
3 months ago

Ready for fun! Road is rough for the first ten mile due to washboarding. Scenery is terrific, very memorable and photogenic. We drove it on an off day, day after Memorial Day. Only saw two hikers, no other vehicles. Like purges said, just stay in the tracks and all will be well!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Really pretty rock formations. Get out and hike otherwise you'll miss so much.

4 months ago

Get out of the car and hike. Otherwise you don’t see the good stuff.

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Enjoyed this, not really a hike but very neat!

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hiking
5 months ago

This is more than a drive- I'm not sure everyone realizes that. There are a couple of different trails to hike along the drive and I really encourage it. Some of the overlooks show you a spectacular color show you won't see if you just stay in the car.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Amazing rock colors and geologic formations, go slow, people are walking along roadside and you won't see them until the last second!

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

Beautiful

scenic driving
6 months ago

Seen via a fun, mini roller-coaster kind of drive off the main road. Brilliant colors and aptly named. A must for photographers.

walking
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Unique!!

scenic driving
7 months ago

Easy drive on paved a road. Beautiful scenery.

7 months ago

Beautiful drive but not an off road trip

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
7 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.

Not an off road trail, but full of great dips and curves in addition to the amazing colors and rock formations! Definitely a must-do in Death Valley.

8 months ago

I think this is where the gods tap off the excess pigment off their brushes. Its gorg. When the sun shines is when it paints best

scenic driving
8 months ago

A little underwhelming compared to the other exhibits in the area. It's just a 10 mile drive one way through twists and turns, leading you through pastel colored hills. I would do it again but it's not something super high on the priority list next time I visit DV.

9 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
Monday, August 28, 2017

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
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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
Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Did this at sunset, the colors really jump out in the twilight

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

We did not do the whole artist's palette trail but the different colors of the rocks are definitely noticeable. There are different platforms and rocks that you can climb, overlooking the entire area.

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