Marble Canyon

Death Valley, California 92328

Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Best season: October through May
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200;
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Cottonwood Creek-CA
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