Scotty’s Canyon

Death Valley, California

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Scotty’s is a highly varied canyon—changing from a wide wash to slots to narrows to grottos with small springs guarded by mesquite, alcoves, and sheer cliffs. Moderate rock climbing above the spring allows up-canyon exploration for another 0.5 mile to a rockfall and beyond a short distance to a rock wall. The lack of color in the surrounding brown hillsides is offset by the colorful history of Death Valley Scotty, who once lived in his secluded “Camp Hold-out” in an eroded cave deep in his namesake canyon.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

Scotty’s is a highly varied canyon—changing from a wide wash to slots to narrows to grottos with small springs guarded by mesquite, alcoves, and sheer cliffs. Moderate rock climbing above the spring allows up-canyon exploration for another 0.5 mile to a rockfall and beyond a short distance to a rock wall.

The lack of color in the surrounding brown hillsides is offset by the colorful history of Death Valley Scotty, who once lived in his secluded “Camp Hold-out” in an eroded cave deep in his namesake canyon.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 7.6
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 Shore Line Butte-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Scotty’s Canyon

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