Kaleidoscope Canyon

Death Valley, California

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Unofficially named, but locally known as Kaleidoscope Canyon, this is one of Death Valley’s most beautiful treasures. The canyon is literally a giant natural kaleidoscope with ever changing colorful patterns glowing with ever changing light reflecting off canyon walls and formations. As such, Kaleidoscope is a photographer’s and explorer’s paradise. From the parking area cross the wide Jubilee Wash and head straight north across desert pavement toward the left-hand (western) toe of the lower ridge directly in front of you. There is a rounded peak behind the ridge. Upon reaching the toe of the ridge after about 0.5 mile, you’ll see a distinctive white-topped hillside far to the north. This white hillside is a key landmark, serving as a beacon, guiding you to the correct Kaleidoscope.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

Unofficially named, but locally known as Kaleidoscope Canyon, this is one of Death Valley’s most beautiful treasures. The canyon is literally a giant natural kaleidoscope with ever changing colorful patterns glowing with ever changing light reflecting off canyon walls and formations. As such, Kaleidoscope is a photographer’s and explorer’s paradise.

From the parking area cross the wide Jubilee Wash and head straight north across desert pavement toward the left-hand (western) toe of the lower ridge directly in front of you. There is a rounded peak behind the ridge. Upon reaching the toe of the ridge after about 0.5 mile, you’ll see a distinctive white-topped hillside far to the north. This white hillside is a key landmark, serving as a beacon, guiding you to the correct Kaleidoscope.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,850 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: Best season: October to April
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Epaulet Peak-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Kaleidoscope Canyon

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