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Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from November until April.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 26 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

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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 out species of interest. Be prepared for no shade and limited parking. The endangered pupfish is found in this creek (it is only found at one other location in the world...also within Death Valley NP). At only 4 centimeters long, they can be hard to spot in the creek, but they dart around to and from vegetation if you look closely.

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Reviews (97)
Photos (53)
Recordings (77)
Completed (219)
Jessica Weirich
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Gadi Giladi
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Hiking

Nice train only 1 miles To see the salt lake

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Sushanth Mali
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Walking

Amazing oasis in death valley. A small stream with little pupfish and we expected to see rabbits but we didn’t find any. But the scenery along the trail is picture perfect.

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Gabriella Carpenter
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HikingNo shade

This trail runs amongst the “pupfish” of Death Valley, which have survived through the extreme weather conditions of the Park throughout the years. A moderately-rugged side road leads to the trailhead. The trail itself is short and made up of wooden planks that form an easy-to-hike boardwalk. During our Winter 2020 Trip I did not see pupfish, but I did see and hear the stream of water directly below and alongside the trails, which is a rare sight to see in Death Valley. While this is not the most scenic trail nor is it the most interesting, it is enjoyable. I completed it at night under a full moon and the moonlight illuminated my path.

Mahsa Chenari
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Hiking

Amazing view! Beautiful and easy hike! Take a lot of water with you! This is an amazing hike for a day picnic, or if you like to take a book and read there! Definitely take water with you even in the winter

Sudhakar Ayyasamy
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Hiking

Easy hike, anyone can do it. Did not see any pupfish, but the views were great. The plants that grow here are unique and beautiful if you take a closer look.

Katelyn Tang
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Hiking

The trail head was closed! My group could not get it, for future want-to-be purveyors of the fish.

Wim Peterman
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Nice short walk, lots of small and grown up fish. Some big biting flies spoiled the fun a little bit. At the end there should be some ancient footprints of animals. Could not find them.

Lindsey Lewis
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This trail was full of flies when we visited the first week in May. Giant black flies swarmed around the trash can and were surprisingly aggressive in following us (even following our car as we drove away). Luckily or picaridin lotion kept them from biting us. However, only my daughter wearing a deet bracelet was left alone by the smaller biting flies, who even bit through clothing. There was also an occasional loose, missing or broken board in the boardwalk, so watch out for that. The fish were cute, but the flies ruined this trail for us.

Kate N
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Hiking

We saw a lot of pupfish in the creek. It’s so quiet and peaceful here. Great for a short walk in the morning!

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Stefanie L.
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Hiking

Enjoyed seeing the pup fish!

Brandee Rae
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Hiking

We stopped here not really sure what to expect. It's a peaceful creek and we saw some wildlife!

Z Redman
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Hiking

Kids really enjoyed the pupfish & wildlife. An exceptional setting in the park with the trickling waters & greenery made all the more exceptional due to the late winter rains. Nice family walkabout.

John DeVault
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Hiking

Pleasant boardwalk. Keep going at the end of the trail for a better experience.

Mary Ann Pastene
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Hiking

nice short walk. plenty of interest.

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David Platt
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Hiking

Did this as a backup after my legs were dead from the previous day's hiking, but actually wound up enjoying this trail a lot. Fascinating to see the ecosystem around this little oasis and how the pupfish have specialized to the local environment

Kevin Mora
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Hiking

Straight forward walk along the boardwalk where you might see a rare pupfish. Not too much here, but worth the stop. 2/9/19

Roland Garcia
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Hiking

Fun hike, great places for photos.

Natalia Z
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Walking

Nice and easy walk. It was amazing to see so much green vegetation in the desert.

Ben Jdj
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Road was closed to access to the beginning of the trail

Jeff Tomlin
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Good easy hike

Barb Ezell
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Walking

Awesome pup fish walked at sunset

Kirsten Chesney
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Walking

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 out species of interest. Be prepared for no shade and limited parking. The endangered pupfish is found in this creek (it is only found at one other location in the world...also within Death Valley NP). At only 4 centimeters long, they can be hard to spot in the creek, but they dart around to and from vegetation if you look closely.

ANGIE Y.
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Walking

Absolutely beautiful! Easy hike suitable for everyone, lovely views and if you time it for sunset you can really see the light change. We saw a giant moth the size of a small bird and a lot of pupfish. Unique palnts and adaptations to salty environment.

Robert Stolting
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Hiking

Super easy hike, just about anyone can do it. The real prize are the Salt Creek Pup Fish. It isn't just anywhere that you can see a species that lives no where else and in such hostile conditions. The salt level in the creek can reach up to 8 times that of the Ocean the creek is so shallow that the fish make ripples on the surface as they swim. It is amazing watching the fish swim.

Stone Conroy
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Hiking
Jim Picard
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Joseph Giles
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