Monarch Canyon/Mine

Death Valley, California 92328

Monarch Canyon/Mine

Monarch Canyon/Mine Professional Review and Guide

"This out-and-back hike takes you down a rocky canyon in the Funeral Mountains to an 80-foot dry fall, a well-preserved stamp mill, and a desert spring. At 0.6 mile the road ends above a striking 80-foot dry fall. A major side canyon enters from the left, bounded by high cliffs marked by folded, multicolored bands of rock. Continue left around the falls on the old mining trail. After another 0.1 mile the trail drops to the wash, which is covered with horsetails and Mormon tea. This is favored habitat for quail and other birds.

The base of the dry fall is definitely worth visiting, so turn right and walk 0.1 mile up to the precipice. In addition to the main wide falls, another smaller but equally high falls guards the canyon bowl to the left. The canyon walls are distinguished by shelf rock catch basins, overhangs, and contorted layers of colorful, twisted rock."

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
October through April
Season
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Chloride City-CA
Local Maps