Willow Canyon

Death Valley, California

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Seasonal waterfalls provide a suitable home for bighorn sheep in Willow Canyon. The hike is easily accesssible from the Badwater Road. Although the ratio of hiking the alluvial fan to hiking in the canyon may seem lopsided, this hike features a gem of a canyon. Clearly a bighorn sheep playground, Willow Canyon cuts short your visit at a 70-foot wall with spectacular ribbon waterfall in season. Prior to that obstacle the canyon winds its narrow way like a street in a medieval city through sheer rhyolite walls, with a tinkling stream intermittently flowing down its center.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

Seasonal waterfalls provide a suitable home for bighorn sheep in Willow Canyon. The hike is easily accesssible from the Badwater Road. Although the ratio of hiking the alluvial fan to hiking in the canyon may seem lopsided, this hike features a gem of a canyon.

Clearly a bighorn sheep playground, Willow Canyon cuts short your visit at a 70-foot wall with spectacular ribbon waterfall in season. Prior to that obstacle the canyon winds its narrow way like a street in a medieval city through sheer rhyolite walls, with a tinkling stream intermittently flowing down its center.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: November through 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 Gold Valley-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Willow Canyon

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