Death Valley, CA Trails and Parks

Death Valley has 92 trails in the vicinity, including 88 hiking trails and 3 for off-highway drives. These trails range from 0.5 to 36.6 miles in length. The longest trail in Death Valley is Steel Pass Drive a well-known trail measuring 36.6 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Steel Pass Drive, Desolation Canyon and Darwin Falls. Trails.com member Riley M. recently completed Steel Pass Drive.

More information on the best trails in Death Valley can be found below.
  • Badwater

    5 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This is a perfectly flat hike on a boardwalk that leads you onto the salt flats at the hottest and lowest point in the United States and the lowest elevation you can drive to in the Western ...
    •  Under 1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a perfectly flat hike on a boardwalk that leads you onto the salt flats at the hottest and lowest point in the United ...

  • Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters

    4 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    These volcanic craters are a fascinating geology lesson on the forces that helped form Death Valley. A short loop hike around the large Ubehebe Crater and the several smaller ones allows you ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    These volcanic craters are a fascinating geology lesson on the forces that helped form Death Valley. A short loop hike around ...

  • Titus Canyon Narrows

    2 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    Titus Canyon contains the most popular backcountry road in the park. The rough four-wheel-drive road is also popular as a hiking route. And little wonder, for it has almost all of what ...
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Titus Canyon contains the most popular backcountry road in the park. The rough four-wheel-drive road is also popular as ...

  • Ibex Sand Dunes

    1 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    These remote sand dunes in a spectacular wilderness setting rise more than 150 feet and are trapped against rugged hills in the extreme southeastern corner of the park. From a distance the dunes ...
    •  2-4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    These remote sand dunes in a spectacular wilderness setting rise more than 150 feet and are trapped against rugged hills ...

  • Pyramid Canyon Trail

    1 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This is an easily accessible, waterless, out-and-back canyon hike with layered colorbanded mountains. The mountains close into a narrow, dark chasm that is blocked in several places by boulders. ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easily accessible, waterless, out-and-back canyon hike with layered colorbanded mountains. The mountains close ...

  • Dante's View and Peak

    1 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This short, easy hike offers magnificent panoramic views of the highest and lowest points in the continental United States. Surrounded by some of the most dramatic and colorful relief found ...
    •  Under 1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This short, easy hike offers magnificent panoramic views of the highest and lowest points in the continental United States. ...

  • Natural Bridge

    1 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    A gently sloped canyon leads to a natural bridge that arches over the canyon bottom. The geological phenomena—faults, slip faulting, chutes and dry falls, natural arch formations—are explained ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A gently sloped canyon leads to a natural bridge that arches over the canyon bottom. The geological phenomena—faults, slip ...

  • Monarch Canyon/Mine

    1 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This out-and-back hike leads you down a rocky canyon in the Funeral Mountains to an 80-foot dry fall, a well-preserved historic stamp mill, and a desert spring with bird-watching opportunities. ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back hike leads you down a rocky canyon in the Funeral Mountains to an 80-foot dry fall, a well-preserved historic ...

  • Ubehebe Lead Mine/Corridor Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This exploration of a historic early-twentieth-century mine site with a tram will appeal to history and mining buffs. The longer leg in Corridor Canyon will enchant those who appreciate scenic ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This exploration of a historic early-twentieth-century mine site with a tram will appeal to history and mining buffs. The ...

  • The Grandstand

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    The Grandstand is a high mound of dark rock contrasting dramatically within the gleaming white Racetrack Playa. A mountainous backdrop, intense isolation, and outstanding scenic views await the ...
    •  Under 1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Grandstand is a high mound of dark rock contrasting dramatically within the gleaming white Racetrack Playa. A mountainous ...

  • Nemo Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    The Nemo Canyon hike takes you on a gentle downhill traverse through open desert along a wide graveled wash, bounded by low ridges and multicolored badlands, providing a pleasing contrast to ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nemo Canyon hike takes you on a gentle downhill traverse through open desert along a wide graveled wash, bounded by low ...

  • Wildrose Trail

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    The Wildrose Trail takes you to a high Panamint saddle, and from there to the summit, from which the highest and lowest land in the lower forty-eight states can be seen. This is a cool alternative ...
    •  5-6 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Wildrose Trail takes you to a high Panamint saddle, and from there to the summit, from which the highest and lowest land ...

  • Darwin Falls

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    Highlights of Darwin Falls include bird-watching along a year-round desert stream, with a forked waterfall in a densely vegetated canyon gorge. The delightful moist microclimate of the falls ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Highlights of Darwin Falls include bird-watching along a year-round desert stream, with a forked waterfall in a densely ...

  • Mosaic Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    Mosaic Canyon is a showcase of geologic wonder, so hiking into the canyon is like walking into a museum. Patterned walls of multicolored rock and water-sculpted formations await you in this picturesque ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Mosaic Canyon is a showcase of geologic wonder, so hiking into the canyon is like walking into a museum. Patterned walls ...

  • Grotto Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This out-and-back Tucki Mountain canyon hike winds through water-carved grottos and narrows of polished rock to a high dry fall. With careful driving, a two-wheel-drive vehicle can negotiate ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back Tucki Mountain canyon hike winds through water-carved grottos and narrows of polished rock to a high dry ...

  • Salt Creek

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This is a nature trail on a boardwalk along Salt Creek features unique vegetation and wildlife, such as pickleweed, salt grass, and endemic Salt Creek pupfish found only here. There is an optional ...
    •  Under 1 hour
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a nature trail on a boardwalk along Salt Creek features unique vegetation and wildlife, such as pickleweed, salt ...

  • Harmony Borax Works

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This short hike on a loop trail leads to a historic nineteenth-century industrial site on the valley floor. There are interpretive signs along the trail. The endless borax flats are an overwhelming ...
    •  Under 1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This short hike on a loop trail leads to a historic nineteenth-century industrial site on the valley floor. There are interpretive ...

  • Golden Canyon/Gower Gulch Loop

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This fascinating journey through geologic time passes by rocks of different ages as the elevation increases, then loops back down to the floor of Death Valley past borax mine tunnels. The first ...
    •  3-5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This fascinating journey through geologic time passes by rocks of different ages as the elevation increases, then loops ...

  • Desolation Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    Desolation Canyon is a highly scenic but less crowded alternative to the nearby Golden Canyon. This short hike features moderate canyoneering to a high pass overlooking the Artist’s Drive Formation. ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Desolation Canyon is a highly scenic but less crowded alternative to the nearby Golden Canyon. This short hike features ...

  • Mesquite Springs Campground

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    On your way to Mesquite Springs, stop at the legendary Mad Greek’s Restaurant in Baker for the lunch of your life. The souvlaki is unforgettable. However, if you can’t bear Greek, there’s always ...
    •  Guide

    On your way to Mesquite Springs, stop at the legendary Mad Greek’s Restaurant in Baker for the lunch of your life. The souvlaki ...

  • South Fork Hanaupah Canyon Trail

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This vigorous hike on the eastern slopes of the Panamint Range includes a diverse canyon with springs,waterfalls, and a permanent stream, along with some of the most spectacular vistas in Death ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This vigorous hike on the eastern slopes of the Panamint Range includes a diverse canyon with springs,waterfalls, and a permanent ...

  • Upper Hole-in-the-Wall Trail

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    This interesting cross-country canyon trek has lots to see, from marine fossils to grand mountain vistas. Short canyon narrows, geologic wonders, plant species found only in Death Valley, and ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    This interesting cross-country canyon trek has lots to see, from marine fossils to grand mountain vistas. Short canyon narrows, ...

  • Through-Granite Canyons Trail

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    A long, challenging canyon loop in the wild, lightly visited Owlshead Mountains, these canyons take you to a remote desert range in the southern end of the park. Upon reaching the jumping-off ...
    •  8 to 10 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    A long, challenging canyon loop in the wild, lightly visited Owlshead Mountains, these canyons take you to a remote desert ...

  • Lippencott Road Drive

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    Long ago an access road to the old Lippencott lead mine, at the south end of Racetrack Valley, this is today a narrow and eroded single-lane shelf road (with occasional pullouts for passing) ...
    •  Moderate
    •  1 hour
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Long ago an access road to the old Lippencott lead mine, at the south end of Racetrack Valley, this is today a narrow and ...

  • Steel Pass Drive

    0 Reviews

    Death Valley, CA

    Just getting to either the northern starting point, at massive Eureka Dunes, or the southern starting point, in isolated Saline Valley, is a motoring adventure through spectacular basin-and-range ...
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  4-5 hours
    •  36.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Just getting to either the northern starting point, at massive Eureka Dunes, or the southern starting point, in isolated ...