Monarch Canyon/Mine

Death Valley, California

Monarch Canyon/Mine Professional Review and Guide

"This out-and-back hike leads you down a rocky canyon in the Funeral Mountains to an 80-foot dry fall, a well-preserved historic stamp mill, and a desert spring with bird-watching opportunities. You can start at the unsigned junction between the rough Chloride City Road and four-wheel-drive Monarch Mine Road (3 miles round-trip to Monarch Spring) or at the end of the Monarch Mine Road (1.8 miles round-trip).

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 fall, another smaller but equally high fall 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."

Monarch Canyon/Mine Reviews

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A pleasant walk in a scenic canyon. The mine site ruins are fairly interesting, but the springs mentioned in the guide are a bit of a disappointment (choked up with cane, with no evidence of surface water). A nice walk, but not my favorite in Death Valley.

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
540 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Best: October through April
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS 1:24,000 topo map Chloride City-CA
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Jun 2018