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Best trails in Death Valley

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Looking for a great trail near Death Valley, California? AllTrails has 71 great hiking trails, trail running 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. If you're looking for the best trails in Death Valley National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Death Valley ranging from 0.8 to 29.4 miles and from -246 to 12,296 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Death Valley
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#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 - Telescope Peak Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 7 h 5 m
#3 - 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
#4 - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
#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 - Death Valley Natural Bridge Road
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
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