4×4 Road: Hanaupah Canyon Road – Death Valley National Park

High clearance-required 4×4 road to a desert oasis/spring. The first 5 miles are accessible to high clearance, 2WD vehicles. Telescope Peak rises above the top of the canyon, creating the largest vertical drop in the park. Total Distance: 8.2 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 3,533ft. (-241ft. to 3,212ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0+ for the first […]

Shorty’s Well – Death Valley National Park

Very short walk to a well discovered by “Shorty” Alexander Zachariah Borden, an early prospector to Death Valley. This is not the same “Shorty” (Frank Harris) who is buried a few miles south along the West Side Road. Total Distance: 0.01 miles out & back Elevation Gain: N/A Difficulty: Easy 0-5 Mile Difficulty: Easy View […]

Tule Spring to Badwater Flats – Death Valley National Park

Short walk on an old road to the western side of Badwater Flats. Total Distance: 1.0 miles out & back Elevation Gain: 33ft. (-270ft. to -281ft.) Difficulty: Easy 0-5 Mile Difficulty: Easy View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: No Best Seasons: October-May Special Permits: None Water Availability: None Overnight […]

Abandoned Trail Canyon Mine Road – Death Valley National Park

Old mining road beyond the end of the Trail Canyon Road up to an old mine. Total Distance: 5.8 miles out & back Elevation Gain: 2,678ft. (4,254ft. to 6,527ft.) Difficulty: Strenuous 5-10 Mile Difficulty: Strenuous View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: Yes Best Seasons: March-June, September-December Special Permits: None […]

4×4 Road: Trail Canyon Road – Death Valley National Park

High clearance-required 4×4 road to a spring and old mining area. The first 4 miles are accessible to high clearance, 2WD vehicles. Total Distance: 10.7 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 4,529ft. (-255ft. to 4,254ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0+ (4×4 required after mile 4) Bicycle Difficulty: Very Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty […]

Dirt Road: West Side Road – Death Valley National Park

High clearance-required dirt/gravel road that travels along the west side of Badwater Flats and gives access to 4×4 roads up desert canyons, historic sites, beautiful views, and more. Total Distance: 35.9 miles point-to-point Elevation Gain: 751ft. gain, 736ft. loss N to S Road Difficulty: 1.5 (high clearance required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s […]

Ashford Mill – Death Valley National Park

Wander around an old gold mill and various other ruins. Total Distance: 0.2 mile loop Elevation Gain: 64ft. (-87ft. to -144ft.) Difficulty: Easy 0-5 Mile Difficulty: Easy View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: No Best Seasons: October-May Special Permits: None Water Availability: None Overnight Options: None Trailhead Amenities: Primitive […]

Natural Bridge – Death Valley National Park

Walk up a wide desert canyon to a natural bridge spanning the canyon. You can continue up the canyon to a dryfall. Total Distance: 1.5 miles out & back Elevation Gain: 480ft. (374ft. to 854ft.) Difficulty: Easy 0-5 Mile Difficulty: Moderate View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: No Best […]

Artists Palette – Death Valley National Park

Hike up a canyon to see the beautiful Artists Palette – colorful badlands at the base of the Black Mountains. Total Distance: Approx. 0.4 mile lollipop loop Elevation Gain: 147ft. (603ft. to 713ft.) Difficulty: Easy 0-5 Mile Difficulty: Moderate View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: No Best Seasons: November-April […]