Marble Canyon

Death Valley, California

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Marble Canyon is a long out-and-back day hike up a deep, narrow canyon in the Cottonwood Mountains. Here you will find colorful rock formations, petroglyphs, and expansive views of remote backcountry. Marble Canyon contains several sets of petroglyphs—look but don’t touch. The adjacent Cottonwood and Marble Canyons are as different from each other as night and day. Cottonwood is wide and open whereas Marble is a wonderland of intimate narrows and dark alcoves. Marble Canyon is susceptible to flash flooding with a corresponding danger of being caught in one of its steep chutes with no escape. Do not attempt to hike the canyon if wet weather appears imminent.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

Marble Canyon is a long out-and-back day hike up a deep, narrow canyon in the Cottonwood Mountains. Here you will find colorful rock formations, petroglyphs, and expansive views of remote backcountry. Marble Canyon contains several sets of petroglyphs—look but don’t touch.

The adjacent Cottonwood and Marble Canyons are as different from each other as night and day. Cottonwood is wide and open whereas Marble is a wonderland of intimate narrows and dark alcoves. Marble Canyon is susceptible to flash flooding with a corresponding danger of being caught in one of its steep chutes with no escape. Do not attempt to hike the canyon if wet weather appears imminent.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 9.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Best season: October through May
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 Cottonwood Creek-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Marble Canyon

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