Butte Valley and Goler Canyon Drive

Furnace Creek, California 92389

Butte Valley and Goler Canyon Drive

Butte Valley and Goler Canyon Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This tour climbs from about -165 feet in Death Valley to almost 4,000 feet in Butte Valley, in the Panamint Range, and then to 4,326-foot Mengel Pass. There, an even higher knoll that you can drive up to provides a fantastic view of the valley and beyond. There are a number of user-maintained old cabins along the way that you can stay in, including Barker Ranch. It was the hideout of late 1960s cult leader Charles Manson, who was captured there with several followers on October 12, 1969. Having ordered and planned the notorious Tate-La Bianca murders, named for the victims, Manson and several of “The Family” (his followers) were convicted of murder. Manson was sentenced to life in prison."

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Trail Information

Furnace Creek
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
4-5 hours
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
ACSC Death Valley National Park, National Geographic/Trails Illustrated’s Death Valley National Park, CRRA
Local Maps

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