Titus Canyon Narrows

Death Valley, California 92328

Titus Canyon Narrows

Titus Canyon Narrows Professional Guide

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"This narrow canyon cut deeply into the Grapevine Mountains is dominated by majestic cliffs and arched caverns. Titus Canyon is the longest and one of the grandest canyons in Death Valley. Titus Canyon Road was built in 1926 to serve the town of Leadville, an investor scam that became a ghost town the following year.

This 26-mile one-way unpaved jeep road is regularly affected by seasonal floods. Driving the entire length of the canyon requires a four-wheel-drive high-clearance vehicle. If you don’t have one, the only way to visit majestic Titus Canyon is by foot. Titus Canyon is a slot canyon, immediately narrow at its mouth."

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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
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"Titus Canyon is the longest and one of the grandest canyons in Death Valley. The Titus Canyon Road was built in 1926 to serve the town of Leadville, an investor scam which became a ghost town the following year. This 26-mile one-way unpaved road is accessible only by high-clearance vehicles. Visiting majestic Titus Canyon by vehicle may not be the most satisfactory way to enjoy its scenery. By getting an early start in the morning, you are less likely to encounter vehicles on the road. Driving to the canyon mouth also enables you to omit the alluvial fan hike, so common in canyon hiking in Death Valley. Titus Canyon is a slot canyon, immediately narrow at its mouth. From the brightness of the desert floor you are plunged into the cool shadows of the canyon. Cliffs tower hundreds of feet above. Breezes rush down through the funnel of the canyon. The display of cliffs continues without intermission for two miles as you hike up the primitive canyon road. The variety of colors and textures on the canyon walls is immense and ever changing. The limestone layers are twisted and folded; fault lines run at all angles. In addition to the power of the earth’s surface to rise and fall and shift, the power of water is visible throughout the slot canyon. The water-smoothed walls indicate the level of flooding. The curves of the canyon’s path reveal the erosive power of the swift floods as they roar down the narrow opening with their load of scouring boulders. Flash floods are a real danger in Titus; often the road is closed for days after a storm in the area."

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
4.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Best season: 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 Fall Canyon-CA
Local Maps