Titus Canyon Road

EASY 21 reviews
#11 of 60 trails in

Titus Canyon Road is a 26 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Beatty, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
26.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2664 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

A well-maintained gravel road but steep and narrow in a few places. Four-wheel drive seldom necessary under dry conditions. Road is closed when rain is expected due to extreme flash-flood danger through narrowest part of Titus Canyon. May also close with winter snows. Perhaps the most popular backroad in Death Valley National Park. Very scenic after the first 10 miles. A few buildings remain at the Leadfield Mine and Townsite. Interesting geologic rock formations and a few petroglyphs. The road is one-way east to west. Street-legal vehicles only.

off road driving
15 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful views, easy for the most part although in some areas it would definitely be better to have a high clearance 4x4. Leadfield mine and the petroglyphs are must stops.

off road driving
3 months ago

So many amazing parts to this drive. Each time you think it can't get better, it does. The end is just spectacular and so much fun to drive.

off road driving
4 months ago

Outstanding place! Couple sections on this drive and they are all unique in their own ways. Really need to experience it yourself, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Fairly easy drive if you have the right vehicle, heck, saw a Camry half way through after a pretty hard drive. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with off roading shocks otherwise you just have to take it slow to avoid shock fade. Really don't need 4x4 however would make it a little easier on the switch backs. High clearance is also optional be there are some dips and wholes so expect some scrapes. Or just drive a rental like the Camry I saw and not care about all that.

We were there on Memorial Day weekend which is the hottest time of the year to go. It was over 100 degrees and miserable but the trade off is there's hardly anyone there.

The trail is one way only! Starts on the back side of Death Valley on the Nevada side.

off road driving
6 months ago

Easy Offroading. Great views!

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

off road driving
8 months ago

9 months ago

Drove in 4x4 Silverado, no problems. Fun scenic road.

off road driving
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Easy drive if your not shy of heights and drop offs. Go early and spend time hiking around and various points of interest.

off road driving
Friday, February 05, 2016

off road driving
Friday, February 05, 2016

This drive is worth doing for the scenery. If you expect a 4x4 trail then you will be disappointed. The road is rocky and bumpy but if you stay on the tire tracks you will be fine. The road is mild enough to enjoy the vistas and not have to worry about serious obstacles. I didn't see any need to switch into 4 Wheel Drive on the road. Sit back and enjoy the amazing views. I look forward to doing this on a mountain bike.

off road driving
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The narrows are beautiful!!

Definitely a worthwhile trip. The scenery is outstanding and its a great #4/5 (high easy/low moderate) road for a great intro to Death Valley. I took my FJ Cruiser through here in High-4 mode and it was easy-peasy. Saw some non-4x4 passenger vehicles struggling with the rockier portions of the road. Not sure how they made it past Leadfield as there were some serious holes in the rock portion that my FJ filled with 3/4 of a tire. I would have pretty ticked off if one of them had gotten stuck in front of me going down the grade. Its a one way road (for good reason) and it would have been a nightmare trying to go backwards on the trail.. very few opportunities for two cars to pass each other.

Expect soft sandy beds, rocky downgrades, big holes, and lots of rockfall.

walking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Easy enough hike into Titus Canyon. You do have to keep an eye and an ear out for cars passing through the road though. The hike is relatively flat but it's gravely.

off road driving
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Listen to the Planet Earth soundtrack while driving! It will make the experience even more epic.

off road driving
Monday, June 23, 2014

I love, love, love Titus Canyon. If you're driving this, it is a 26-mile off-road trip that takes you through gorgeous desert country and ends with stunning high canyons on either side of the road. It's a must see for any trip to Death Valley--just be sure to check the road conditions with the park rangers to ensure that your high axle vehicle won't get stuck; also be sure to know how to change a tire because flat tires can happen any time on these back roads. You can also hike Titus Canyon, but hey, why hike it when there's this awesome 26-mile one way dirt road that offers you so much!! Not for the faint of heart, and not for the family sedan. And as always in the desert, travel with tons of water in your car and some food.

hiking
Sunday, March 30, 2014

You can hike along Titus Canyon Road to the ghostown of Leadfield. Bring plenty of water!

off road driving
Sunday, April 07, 2013

One way road has hair pin turns and sheer drop offs; not recommended for those who can't handle that. Spectacular scenery.

off road driving
Thursday, October 25, 2012

This is a great introductory off-road experience that will make you want to do more 4x4ing. The road itself is in good enough condition that a passenger could make it, but it would seem like a bad idea afterward. The road itself crosses over red pass which is a good stopping point with a nice vista. Then drops into the leadfield area which is littered with abandoned mines. The ghost town of leadfield is nothing more than a couple run down buildings. Then the drive through titus canyon is amazing, especially the narrows toward the mouth of the canyon. Great drive. Highly recommended.

scenic driving
Friday, September 14, 2012

Incredible driving adventure with narrow passageways and steep cliffs.