Grotto Canyon Road

Death Valley National Park, California

Distance2.8mi
Elevation Gain2,110ft
Trailhead Elevation-7ft
Top1,436ft
Elevation Min/Max-7/1436ft
Elevation Start/End-7/-7ft

Grotto Canyon Road

Grotto Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Death Valley National Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at -7 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,110 feet.

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"Like the other Tucki Mountain canyons, Grotto is a very broad canyon, up to 200 yards wide in many areas. Deeply eroded canyon walls stand like medieval castle ramparts, with short serpentine pathways in their lower reaches. The narrows at 1.8 mile bring welcome shade after the journey up the graveled canyon bottom. A pair of ravens nesting in the aerie alcove above the grotto may provide suitable visual and sound effects for the hiker approaching the almost cavelike section of the canyon. About 0.1 mile back down the canyon, a cairned trail on the eastern side leads you around this barrier to the canyon above. Another dryfall will block your travels there. Even with its proximity to Stovepipe Wells, Grotto Canyon is not heavily visited. Thus the adventuresome hiker can enjoy desert exploration and solitude without a lengthy drive. The high silence above Mesquite Flat rings in your ears —between cries of the ravens."

"This out-and-back Tucki Mountain canyon hike winds through water-carved grottos and narrows of polished rock to a high dry fall.

With careful driving, a two-wheel-drive vehicle can negotiate the road to the wash of the Grotto Canyon hike. For the additional mile to the canyon entrance, the wash’s soft gravel requires high clearance and four-wheel drive. A wilderness/no vehicles sign marks the end of the road. Conditions in this canyon change with each flood. At times the gravel is deep and the dry falls easy to scale, but often floods have scoured away the gravel, making exploration more of a challenge."

"This out-and-back canyon hike winds through water-carved grottos and narrows of polished rock to a high, dry fall.

With careful driving a passenger vehicle can negotiate the road to the wash on the Grotto Canyon hike. The soft gravel of the wash for the mile to the canyon entrance requires high clearance and four-wheel drive. No signs or markers punctuate the end of the road, but severe washouts end vehicle access just before the first dry fall. Conditions in this canyon change with each flood. At times the gravel is deep and the dry falls are easy to scale, but often floods have scoured the gravel away, making exploring more of a challenge.

Like the other Tucki Mountain canyons, Grotto is a very broad canyon, up to 200 yards wide in many areas. Deeply eroded canyon walls stand like medieval castle ramparts, with short serpentine pathways in their lower reaches. The narrows at 1.8 miles bring welcome shade after the journey up the graveled canyon bottom."

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Trail Information

Death Valley National Park
Nearby City
Death Valley National Park
Parks
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 Grotto Canyon-CA
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Oct 2018