Devil's Golf Course is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and scenic driving and is best used from November until April.

Length2.6 miElevation gain72 ftRoute typeOut & back
Scenic drivingWalkingViewsWildflowersRockyNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Death Valley National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Get to the Devil's Golf Course parking lot by driving 1.3mi off Badwater Rd. You'll see a sign for where to turn in. The road dead ends into a paved parking lot. Admire the scenery from your car or walk out into the crazy rock field as far as you like. You can't see the interesting rocky structures from Badwater Road, and it's not talked about as much as Badwater Basin or Artists Palette close by, but definitely worth the short trip out. It's a strange alien landscape you won't likely see anywhere else.

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Crissie Casarez
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Hiking

The dirt road was easy to drive in my car. Interesting stop off. No hiking necessary

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lisa Pepino
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Christian Woodward
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Pretty fascinating. You don’t actually hike the “golf course”, that would honestly be brutal. Visit and you’ll see what I mean. Trail is the road leading in and out of the site, a bumpy dirt road basically. Epic place to see though, as is pretty much everything at Death Valley.

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Tyler Chapleau
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HikingFeeGreat!No shadeRocky

I thought it was super cool and interesting to see the rock formations that just stretch out for what seems like forever. For some reason, this place doesn’t seem to be too popular but I thought it was cooler and more beautiful than the Badwater basin salt flats near by. There’s no real trail, the trail here is just the dirt road to get out there. Don’t worry, my civic got out there no problem lol. just go out and explore the formations, try not to fall or you will get hurt. Those things r sharp lol. If you wanna see pics from the hike, go check out my insta: tyler__travel

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Kyle Hodgdon
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Nature tripsFee

A bit underwhelming. While planning my trip, I originally planned to pass this by. But since it was on the way to Badwater Basin, I decided I might as well check it out. Kind of neat landscape. If it's on your way to a different sight, you might as well stop for five minutes. But definitely not worth much more than that.

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Toni R
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Hiking

Not a trail but fun to see

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tim pettit
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Hiking

This Park is so expensive and this is another very unique natural feature.

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James House
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Great!

We drove to the parking area, but didn’t see a place to hike. The area is pretty interesting with the salt deposits.

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Weiping Wang
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DJ Goodman
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Scenic drivingGreat!No shade

I love this area and have always stopped to see it every time I go to Death Valley NP. Its just a short drive off the main road to see this very interesting area.

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Guy Strauss
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HikingGreat!

Brief walk to view an interesting landscape. Good for a brief stop on your way somewhere else.

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Stephanie Archila
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Arka Ghosh
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Cindy Kenyon
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Gretel .
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Nature tripsGreat!No shadeRocky

1/2021. This is not a trail. You literally drive on a short dirt road to a parking area to enjoy the funny salt/ sand structures. You can walk on and around them but be careful as they’re really sharp. Today it was very windy so it made it a bit of a challenge trying not to fall on the structures.

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Christina Eldred
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WalkingNo shadeRocky
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Kimberly Coble
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

Did on December 12, 2020 It’s not a trail. It’s a gravel road that ends at an informational stand. You can get out and view the area. I saw several people walking in the salt flats. It’s interesting to see how it’s formed.

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Nicole Levy
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Super cool! You can hear the salt crystals changing if you’re quiet enough!

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Craig Wagstaff
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Scenic drivingGreat!

One of the most unique things that you will see in Death Valley.

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Kyle Labeaune
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WalkingNo shade

More of a point of interest than a hike since the distance of the “trail” includes a drivable road. To get the full effect of the expanding salt crystals, try and go to a place where there aren’t people. The pinging sound can be heard from the parking lot but it’s better to try and go out a bit. The rocks are sharp at times and can be unstable so make sure to move slowly.

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Weiping Wang
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HikingNo shade

Don't think it is good for hiking. it is very dusty but good to drive to the parking lot and take the picture of crystalized salt.

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