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Best trails in Death Valley National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Death Valley National Park, California? AllTrails has 90 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 9,064 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 Accessibility: For accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using equipment such as strollers, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Death Valley National Park
Park information
Acreage:
3,400,000 acres
Contact
(760) 786-3200
Top trails (90)
#1 - Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Hike to the lowest point in the US.Show 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 location. The viewpoint is a short walk uphill from the parking area. Located east of Furnace Creek on Hwy 19. Show more
#3 - Telescope Peak Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 7 h 5 m
#4 - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Very majestic. You can walk out however far you want. There is no defined trail. Try going in the late afternoon when the sun hits the dunes, at sunrise for dramatic lighting, or stay until the stars come out.Show more
#5 - Golden Canyon Trail to Red Cathedral
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
The Golden Canyon Trail is a short hike up Golden Canyon to the base of the Red Cathedral formations. This is a popular day-hike that starts at a marked trailhead with parking on Badwater Rd., just south of Furnace Creek. The first mile of the the trail is a mild hike up a canyon surrounded on all sides by golden rock formations and slot canyons. After mile one reaches a junction for the Gower Gulch trail. Continue past this point into a narrow slot canyon. The trail becomes more difficult here, requiring one to scramble over rocks until reaching the top of the slot canyon and the base of Red Cathedral. The view at the top here is spectacular! After enjoying the top, head back down and out of the slot canyon. Then either hike back down Golden Canyon to the trailhead, or extend the hike and take the junction for Gower Gultch. As anywhere in DVNP, the heat can be extreme, even outside of summer. Carry extra water!Show more
#6 - 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 narrows and old borax mines are the most impressive sights there. Hike from Zabriskie Point through Golden Canyon to the Red Cathedral by following the markers. From Red Cathedral hike to the Golden Canyon trailhead at the parking area (Highway 190 on Badwater Road). From there follow the trail to the Gower Gulch. Don't turn left or right when you are in the gulch. There are no markers in the gulch. Next marker is at the crossing Golden Canyon Trail and Gower Gulch Trail close to Zabriskie Point.Show more
#7 - Mosaic Canyon Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
#8 - Dante's View Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 25 m
End of the road rocky half-mile hike to sweeping views at Dante's View. The most breathtaking viewpoint in park, mountain-top overlook is 5000 ft above the inferno of Death Valley. From the parking lot, hike along the ridge either direction. Hike a half mile to the right from parking lot to first summit (Dante's View 5475 ft.) for spectacular vistas and cool place to escape summer heat. You can keep going to Mt. Perry which is 4 miles one way, but be careful of the heat.Show more
#9 - Gower Gulch Loop Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#10 - Darwin Falls Trail via Old Toll Road
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
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