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Address: Death Valley Junction, CA

These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of...

These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of flash floods are a good place for day hikes.

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Great hike

We hiked in Golden Canyon, and connected with Gower Gulch to make the loop rather than doing an out-and-back. This adds an extra mile or so, and some elevation, but the views... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked in Golden Canyon, and connected with Gower Gulch to make the loop rather than doing an out-and-back. This adds an extra mile or so, and some elevation, but the views along Gower Gulch are wonderful. We spent about 2.5 hours on the trail, with many stops for pictures. Start early in the morning for the best conditions and... More 

Thank Gomez22
Camarillo, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked down from Zabriski Point. I highly recommend hiking down vs. going up unless you are an avid hiker. It is not an easy hike. Also, if you've got kids with you, know that there are some pretty scary points where the trail is very thin and you are literally inches from falling hundreds of feet, with a single... More 

Thank thymetotravel999
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set of from Backwater Road parking 1 mile from Furnace Creek Inn. Easy start and good for kids. Left fork after 1 mile takes you to summit of Red Cathedral steep scree towards top is unsuitable for youngsters as the return is difficult and natrow with big drops to side. Views from the top of the whole of Death Valley... More 

Thank alew141
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You better betchya . . There is a reason this is one of the most crowded trails in Death Valley . . It's because it's one of the best . . Do the full loop to "z point" . .get here 1/2 hour before sunrise. Yes it's in a canyon . .but the early morning light-once you get up a... More 

Thank Todd A
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get out of your vehicle and hike up the canyon a ways. It's not too strenuous. But pay attention to the warnings about the heat. Go early or late when you can walk in the shadows. It's noticeably hotter in the canyon if you are walking in the sun and even on a reasonable day in late March, we felt... More 

Thank MtDana2015
Rochester, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a moderate hike that can be accomplished in 3-4 hours depending on your speed and photo interests. Start at the Golden Canyon trailhead. This has you hike uphill when you are most fresh. The hike past the Manly Beacon is terrific and you may find yourself almost alone at this point. You get a restroom opportunity at Zabriskie... More 

Thank Michael Z
South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a sign at this Canyon not to go into it in the heat of the day. We were fortunate enough to be there at about 6pm when it was in the shade and it was beautiful. A must see place.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have not been seeking long hikes lately, but we had a good time walking the first 1/2 mile of this hike and back. The views are very good and the going fairly easy. We would recommend this hike, your call if you want to return early like we did.

Thank Davigeta
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We always love trail running in new and exotic locations when away from home on holidays. And this canyon is fantastic for an early morning run; a short drive from the ranch and well in the shadows to beat the heat. Running up to the red rocky cliffs is pretty easy, with a gradual rise and reasonable surface for sure... More 

Thank SteveCairns
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic contrast and an easy hike. Get there early because it is a first stop for many and the lot fills up. Light day pack a couple liters of water, hat, snacks and a camera and you are good to go. Great views and some tight spaces but it's fune easy and a great way to see Death Valley up... More 

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