Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Easiness depends on what you climb. We climbed one of the bigger dunes in the back and we were huffing and puffing. Such an awesome experience though. We saw a coyote den in one of the valleys between the dunes. It was pretty neat. Even nicer when there’s no foot prints on the dunes.

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Not totally sure I made it to the end but we climbed the mountain near the end of the Canyon. Slippery with the lose gravel be careful! One of our group members slid down and ended up with some nasty cuts. Overall nice hike though. Lots of lizards!

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Very cool, went far out and the flats get nearer and more defined. Hot though!!!

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hiking
1 month ago

Smooth marble canyon and fun dry falls to climb. The children loved exploring here.

nice easy hike, not too crowded and 87 degrees this morning.

Walking on salt flats. Feel the heat at the lowest point in North America!

Neat to see, but not one of the best in Death Valley.

A very unique walk on the salt flat! flat, can go as far as you want...must do!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful...a must see. Super crowed.

hiking
1 month ago

A great canyon hike with lots of different options for every hiking skill level. Highly recommended climbing some of the spur trails to get great views of the valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Deep gravel most of the way which makes it difficult so a decent workout. The dry fall at the end was rather anticlimactic. May be better in a different season. Went in the evening and saw a lot of little bats hunting for bugs.

Went from cotton wood canyon to Deadhorse Canyon to marble canyon. Only uphill to get out of cottonwood and cross into Deadhorse. We used this app GPS feature and hiking project GPS and where able to stay on trail the whole time. Had water in both cottonwood and Deadhorse.

Very steep at the end but the view was spectacular! The dry waterfalls that the park service claims are 6ft and 8ft high were not—very negotiable. Hot though, since the canyon walls block most of the breeze.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike in Death Valley. Cool marble canyon, quiet, easy hike. Just as you come out of the first tight canyon, go to the left and follow a footpath to the top of a rock hill and get some great photos of the canyon from above.

Safe to do with shoes off. Easy "hike", but can be tough if you choose to climb the taller dunes. You can pick how far you and which dunes you choose to climb. We went to the tallest peak and sat for a very sandy lunch (the wind can pick up and get sand in your food)! Go in the morning - especially if you want to do it with you shoes off - the sand facing the sun gets really hot on the way back.

The first part was definitely the tighest canyon, but just going the first .5 to .75 Mike's definitely cuts out a lot of cool views. after the tight canyons from start it grows into a huge walled canyon with so much more to see. I was planning on just going the first .5 miles based off recommendations but had to keep going.

A must see place in the park.

Interesting. I only walked for several hundred meters as I arrived here too late, while I don't think it will be different even I went deep into the dunes.

hiking
2 months ago

A very special place. I strongly recommend you to come here if you go to Death Valley. In fact, just hiking the first narrow part is enough to see all the features of the trail.

Great fun, worth the stop. No real trail, so we just pointed to a taller dune in the distance and hiked out to it.

This area is worth the time it takes to see. Hiked a little ways out past the rest of the people there. The pattern made by the Salt and the view of the entire valley is awesome. On your way back to the car be sure to find the sea level sign perched high above the road in the rock.

If you've never experienced sand dunes, stop here. If (like me) you've visited other sand dunes, it's a bit of a letdown. So for experienced sand duners: only stop here if time permits and you want to experience the full range of landscapes Death Valley offers.

hiking
2 months ago

Desolation Canyon is a great alternative to its very popular neighbor (and often crowded) Golden Canyon. This walk/hike is mostly very flat with two easy approximately 5-8 ft scrambles over dry waterfalls (see picture). Small elevation gain of about 700 ft in the last half mile to a nice little overlook with good views of Telescope Peak. Overall, a very easy walk I used as a morning cool-down from a more difficult hike the previous day. Saw all age-ranges and abilities while hiking this. While named "Desolation Canyon", and you do get brief moments of solitude in the canyon as it bends around, but this is still a fairly popular hike and I saw about 20 people during the morning in peak season.

Just did this trail, it was pretty easy. The temperature dropped as you get closer to the waterfall. Fun as you get to walk over some rocks to go over the little stream. We were worried about the unpaved road that gets you to the trailhead, but it was in good condition. Keep in mind this is unpaved so you have to go slower, but we were never worried our car would get stuck.

We passed Golden Canyon on our way to sunrise at Badwater and though “ oh we can do that later.” WRONG. Outrageously crowded so we went over to the quiet, peaceful and somewhat challenging Desolation Canyon. The very end, right before the viewpoint, was a steep climb. But rewarding at the top and a rewarding hike throughout.

I joked they should rename it something friendlier like “Easter Egg Canyon” because of the pastel colorful rocks. But I suppose then it wouldn’t be the quiet and wild feeling place it is.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful canyon. We only hiked about 3/4 miles in to check it out!!

Very cool spot!

hiking
3 months ago

In my opinion, the trail is underwhelming. The coolest part is within the first .5 miles. It’s a bit of a drive to get down the gravel road to the trailhead. I recommend spending more time at the sand dunes instead.

Very interesting walk out on the flats. It was 92 degrees in early February so go in the Winter!!

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