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Golden Canyon – Death Valley National Park, California

Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California

Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California

Golden Canyon Trail is possibly the most well-traveled of any in Death Valley National Park – and for good reason.

Take a trip down this trail as the sunlight hits the surrounding cliffs, including the amazing Red Cathedral formation, and it’s obvious how the canyon was named.

The trail itself is well-marked and easy to follow and the in-and-out trail to Red Cathedral is about 3 miles round-trip. Add 4 miles if you decide to take the Gower Gulch loop to the south.

The Golden Canyon Trail occasionally drops into a sandy wash or over boulders so good footwear is essential. And just in case you need to be reminded: Probably steer clear of any Death Valley hiking during the sweltering summer months.

  • Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California
  • Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California
  • Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California
  • Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California
  • Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California
  • Golden Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park, California

Directions: From Furnace Creek, take Highway 190 south and after about a mile, turn right onto Badwater Road. Follow this road for about two miles until you see a parking lot for Golden Canyon on the left. Nearby geocaches

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Golden Canyon in Death Valley