Golden Canyon Trail - Fast Facts
Distance: 3 miles (return)
Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: 577 feet
Best Times To Hike: Spring, Fall, Winter
This trail is probably Death Valley National Park's most popular trail so expect it to be quite busy. The reason for it's popularity could be because it's so easy to reach and because it is so close to other attractions in the park such as the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Zabriskie Point and Artists Drive.
Starting the trail
The Golden Canyon trail is a fairly flat and easy 1 mile hike up to Red Rock Cathedral. On the way, you will see some colorful painted hills and golden sandstone rock walls.
As you get closer to Red Rock Cathedral, you will go up a white rocky path that will lead the way to the towering red rocks. This is where many hiker's choose to turn around although there is a trail which continues to Zabriskie Point (another 2.7 miles).
It was extremely hot the day we hiked and not very enjoyable but we didn't start hiking until around midday. I would advise starting the trail early in the morning if you will be visiting in spring or summer.
Remember, there is no shade! Make sure you bring plenty of water with you. It is a short hike, but we saw many people who couldn't handle the heat. And it was only April.
The Golden Canyon trail head can be found on Badwater road which is about 2 miles south of CA-190. There is a paved parking lot with big enough spaces to accommodate buses and RV's. If you are coming from Furnace Creek, it is about 10 minutes south.
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