Death Valley is home to incredibly varied and beautiful landscapes. In our last post we wrote about its most famous viewpoints and easily accessible spots. In this post, we share day hikes, some of which are in less-visited areas of the park.
Natural Bridge Canyon is a short hike featuring a large natural bridge. It’s an easy way to experience one of Death Valley’s many canyons, which provide endless nooks and crannies to explore.
Ubehebe Crater is a volcanic spectacle half a mile wide and 700 feet deep. You can walk the rim of the crater, then follow the trail over to Little Hebe.
Mosaic Canyon provides a winding tour of unusual geology. The entire trail is 4 miles, but you don’t have to hike the whole thing to enjoy plenty of beautiful rock.
Wildrose Peak is one of the highest points in Death Valley National Park. This trail is in a more remote area of the park, requiring a 1.5 hour drive from Furnace Creek Campground. A high clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended for the last few miles of dirt road to reach the trailhead. The hike itself is 8.4 miles round trip, with about 2600 feet of elevation gain.
Golden Canyon to Red Cathedral, with Gower Gulch loop shows the tremendous power of water to sculpt a landscape. You’ll also get excellent views back to the valley floor and the mountains beyond. The trail begins in a wide canyon and grows more interesting as the canyon narrows.
Death Valley National Park is huge, and there are many interesting places we still want to explore. We hope to be back one day!
A Joshua Tree National Park post with several coyote sightings is up next. Thanks for continuing to follow our journeys!