Explore the most popular off road driving trails near Death Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
3 months ago

Awesome drive. The road wasn't as difficult to drive as the first time I was there about 10 years ago. We got to stay at the Geologist Cabin for one night. Loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked from Shorty’s Well, just east of West of westside road, up the Jeep trail to the west for five miles. It was nice in early February.

5 months ago

Fun 4x4 drive through Mengel Pass into Death Valley. Not a difficult drive for a high clearance vehicle. Was able to get through easily with a Unimog 1300 camper. Stock SUV can get through but should take care.

off road driving
7 months ago

A nice, short diversion, easy to drive when last I knew. The trail leads up to a narrow mountain canyon where you can get out and hike further if you'd like. We stopped pretty early on due to a dry fall, definitely be prepared for some boulder scrambling if you want to go further. We also couldn't find the mine ruins that are supposedly located here, but either way, the canyon has a lot of interesting rocks in vibrant colors, and you get a great view down into Death Valley from the parking spot at the top.

off road driving
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Its a fun tail only one area that 4wd maybe needed. Once you get there spend some time in the ghost town. Be sure to go to the rim of the canyon great view.

off road driving
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Great please, love the cabin. Cool mines to explore.

Friday, September 02, 2016

The ending is a cute waterfall where you hang from a tree. Does get pretty dirty though. Amazing to see water stream like that in the middle of the desert

off road driving
Friday, June 03, 2016

This was a fun 4x4 drive to take my Jeep on. The road is not easy to spot from the main paved road, hence it is not well traveled and if you do encounter anyone else along the way, they are likely doing the same thing you are. Plenty of solitude with cool rock formations to look at along the way. The road is a bit rocky in a few spots but not anything extreme or crazy. Exploring the Inyo Mine ghost town way out there was pretty cool too. Fun drive :)

off road driving
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fairly easy. One tough section for a bit of crawling. Made it up and over in our Tacoma.

hiking
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Road to trail head directly across from the Ashford Mill Ruins. Off road easily accessible via high clearance 2WD. Look for old road tracks on the left, up the wash. OR if you want something a bit more challenging, go left up the wash and hike up a steep, goat path. Great cardio workout; +600 ft. elevation. Came to an area that was vertical and impassable so turned back and found the walkaround. Steep and vertical but doable. Never did find the mine ruins but did see old timber and what looked like a structure outside a possible shaft. Didn't feel like scrambling up another 100ft on loose rock to check it out. Trail/wash got very rocky and technical after that so we only went up another 1/4 mile before deciding to call it a day. Did 4+ miles.

hiking
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Easy trail. Some steepness in beginning. 4ft tall foliage blocks trail and is impassable even if you climb over the rocks. Some cool mine ruins. Loved the fact that no one else was on the trail.

off road driving
Monday, September 15, 2014

Most remote place I have taken the adventure trailer. Talk about being in the middle of nowhere!

hiking
Monday, April 08, 2013

4 wheel drive only accessible. Difficult to drive.

Large boulders, loose gravel, gully wash and no real discernible trail make for difficult hike. Turned back after 3/4 mile. Views on drive in and out were beautiful.

off road driving
Monday, April 08, 2013

Eye of the Needle and Inyo Mine well worth the 4 wheel drive.

hiking
Thursday, January 10, 2013

4WD necessary for deep sand in parking area and leading up to it.

Otherwise, hike is great and has immediate payoff-- grottos and short (8-15'), fun dry falls after less than half a mile. Some technical equipment may be required. Canyon continues after the 4 mile mark, but the narrows section ends. We only saw one other group during the entire hike, which is pretty normal for Grotto Canyon.

off road driving
Saturday, April 22, 2017

off road driving
Saturday, February 13, 2016