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 […]

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 […]

Artists Drive – Death Valley National Park

Take a winding paved road through the foothills of the Black Mountains to the spectacular Artists Palette and Star Wars film site. Total Distance: 9.2 miles point to point (one-way) Elevation Gain: 1,682ft. up, 1,720ft. down (-203ft. to 946ft.) Road Difficulty: 0.8 Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: […]

4×4 Road: Deadman Pass Road – Death Valley National Park

Drive across Deadman Pass in the Greenwater Mountains between Greenwater Valley Road and CA-127. Total Distance: 13.4 miles point to point Elevation Gain: 341ft. up, 1,278ft. down (3,264ft. to 2,065ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0 (4×4 required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: Leashed Horses: Yes Best Seasons: October-May […]

Gold Valley Road – Death Valley National Park

Follow a 4×4 track off of the Greenwater Valley Road through the Black Mountains to Willow Spring and Gold Valley. Total Distance: 13.0 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 1,432ft. up, 1,877ft. down (4,479ft. to 2,637ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0 (4×4 required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: […]

Greenwater Townsite Road (South) – Death Valley National Park

This is the southerly of the two roads leaving the Greenwater Valley Road to approach Greenwater Townsite. From Greenwater, it continues northwest to meet the Furnace Townsite Road. Total Distance: 5.6 miles point-to-point Elevation Gain: 1,077ft. up, 192ft. down (3,880ft. to 4,765ft.) Road Difficulty: 1.8 (high clearance required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s […]

Furnace Townsite Road – Death Valley National Park

Take a high clearance dirt road off of the Greenwater Valley Road to the quiet site of a tent city. Total Distance: 4.0 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 1,582ft. up, 4ft. down (3,480ft. to 5,057ft.) Road Difficulty: 1.8 (high clearance required) Bicycle Difficulty: Very Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: […]