Guidebook

Death Valley: Hottest, Driest, and Lowest National Park

Explore the best hikes and scrambles in the stunning desert landscape of Death Valley National Park.

Description

"In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes,” according to the National Park Service. "Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.”

Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in the Americas, at 282 feet below sea level. The heat in the summertime should not be underestimated—it is often deadly. But in the winter, Death Valley provides a fantastic desert getaway filled with stunning canyons, salt flats, and towering mountain peaks.

In this guidebook, you’ll find the best hikes in Death Valley National Park, ranging from the easy tourist jaunts to difficult scrambles up slot canyons. Whatever flavor of hike you’re looking for, this guidebook has you covered!

Sources:
https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Dante's View
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Dante's View

0 - 1 hrs
3.1 km
167 m
167 m
A perfect introduction to Death Valley.
Easy
Private
Badwater Basin
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Badwater Basin

0 - 1 hrs
1.2 km
6 m
6 m
The quintessential Death Valley experience.
Easy
Private
Golden Canyon-Glower Gulch
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Golden Canyon-Glower Gulch

2 - 3 hrs
9.2 km
412 m
412 m
A popular Death Valley hike with colorful formations in a beautiful canyon.
Difficult
Private
Grotto Canyon
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Grotto Canyon

1 - 2 hrs
4.6 km
244 m
244 m
A secluded adventure more than a hike.
Difficult
Private
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

0 - 1 hrs
3.6 km
79 m
79 m
Exploring these dunes is an iconic Death Valley experience.
Moderate
Private
Fall Canyon
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Fall Canyon

2 - 3 hrs
9.9 km
462 m
462 m
This deep canyon hike has a true wilderness vibe.
Moderate
Private
Mosaic Canyon
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Mosaic Canyon

1 - 2 hrs
6.0 km
344 m
344 m
Hike past the highly-traveled lower canyon for a strikingly-beautiful trek.
Moderate
Private
Sidewinder Canyon
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Sidewinder Canyon

1 - 2 hrs
7.6 km
412 m
412 m
An excursion into a scenic wilderness canyon.
Difficult
Private
Willow Canyon
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Willow Canyon

1 day +
7.3 km
955 m
955 m
A lovely hike to a canyon waterfall.
Moderate
Private
Titus Canyon Narrows
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Titus Canyon Narrows

1 - 2 hrs
7.3 km
363 m
363 m
A stunning road walk through towering cliff walls.
Moderate
Private
Wildrose Peak
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Wildrose Peak

3 - 4 hrs
13.0 km
749 m
749 m
Climb 2,200 feet to the summit of Wildrose Peak.
Difficult
Private