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#33 of 59 national parks in United States

Best trails in Death Valley National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Death Valley National Park, California? AllTrails has 80 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 37 moderate trails in Death Valley National Park ranging from 0.8 to 165.9 miles and from -246 to 9,061 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Full of nature and history, there are endless activities in the park. About the size of the state of Connecticut, one can spend weeks exploring Death Valley and only scratch the surface of what there is to see and do. Entrance Fees: Vehicle Entrance Fee $30 for 7 Days, effective June 1st, 2018 This permit allows all persons traveling with the permit holder in one single private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van) to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase. Motorcycle Entrance Fee $25 for 7 Days, effective June 1st, 2018 Individual Entrance Fee $15 for 7 Days, effective June 1st, 2018 This permit allows a single individual traveling on foot or bicycle to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase. Death Valley Annual Pass $55 for one year, effective June 1st, 2018 Annual pass providing free entrance to Death Valley for 12 months from the date of purchase The National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series America the Beautiful Annual Pass $80 for one year Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for national parks and other federal fee areas. This replaces the National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Pass. 4th Grade Pass - Every Kid Outdoors Free 4th Graders can earn a free pass to all federal fee areas. Visit the website to earn the pass, print the voucher, and then redeem it for your pass when you visit your park. Annual Pass for US Military Free for one year Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for all active military personnel and their dependents. (For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173) Access Pass Free for lifetime Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Admits only one motorcycle. Annual Senior Pass $20 for one year, from month of purchase. Annual admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older. Four Annual Senior Passes can be traded in for a Lifetime Senior Pass (described below.) Lifetime Senior Pass $80 for lifetime Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older. Admits only one motorcycle. Payment Locations Payment of the park entrance fee and purchase of annual or lifetime passes using either credit card or cash may be done at these locations during business hours: Furnace Creek Visitor Center Scotty's Castle Visitor Center (Closed until further notice) Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station Lone Pine Interagency Visitor Center Furnace Creek Campground kiosk (when staffed October 15 to April 15) Payment of park entrance fees using credit card may be done at fee machines 24/7 at: Furnace Creek Visitor Center Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station Grapevine Ranger Station Ryan Kiosk (east entrance to park on Hwy 190) Zabriskie Point Badwater Hell's Gate (Daylight Pass Road) Furnace Creek Campground (April 16 to October 14) Sunset Campground (when open) Texas Springs Campground (when open) Stovepipe Wells Campground (when open) Mesquite Springs Campground

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Map of trails in Death Valley National Park
Park information
Acreage:
3400000 acres
Contact
(760) 786-3200
Top trails (80)
#1 - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The traiShow more
#2 - Zabriskie Point
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands, this short hike to a spectacular view is one of the park's most famous. Zabriskie Point is a popular sunrise and sunset viewing loShow more
#3 - Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop via Zabriskie Point
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Experience the beautiful Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch as a loop from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Moderate trail through Golden Canyon, Red Cathedral and Gower Gulch. Colorful badlands, canyon nShow more
#4 - Mosaic Canyon Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Mosaic Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usShow more
#5 - Darwin Falls Trail via Old Toll Road
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
Darwin Falls Trail via Old Toll Road is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Darwin, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarShow more
#6 - Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
Most of this trail is a boardwalk that forms a loop. At the furthest part of the loop there is a sandy footpath that leads you along the creek for a more secluded experience. Interpretive signs point Show more
#7 - Zabriskie Point and Gower Gulch Path Loop
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Zabriskie Point and Gower Gulch Path Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#8 - Grotto Canyon
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
4WD necessary for deep sand in parking area and leading up to it. Otherwise, this is a great hike with an has immediate payoff, fun dry falls after less than half a mile.Show more
#9 - Harmony Borax Works
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 11 m
Harmony Borax Works is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#10 - Corkscrew Peak
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
Corkscrew Peak is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more
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