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Address: Death Valley Junction, CA
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These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of...

These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of flash floods are a good place for day hikes.

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Very pleasant walk

My wife and I enjoyed the walk in Golden Valley. Not unbelievable, but very pleasant. It did not seem as popular as other walks, but we enjoyed it more; even more so because we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the walk in Golden Valley. Not unbelievable, but very pleasant. It did not seem as popular as other walks, but we enjoyed it more; even more so because we had it almost to ourselves.

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Lake Elsinore, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yep filmed part of Star Wars here using local Indian kids as jawas Nice hike but go early in day as it gets brutally hot after 10am in spring and summer We started a little after nine and got back to car @11:30 We took our time Elevation going up canyon Some tight squeezes and climbs through and over rocks... More 

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Thank BernDude
Minneapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We hiked in Golden Canyon, and connected with Gower Gulch to make the loop rather than doing an out-and-back. This adds an extra mile or so, and some elevation, but the views along Gower Gulch are wonderful. We spent about 2.5 hours on the trail, with many stops for pictures. Start early in the morning for the best conditions and... More 

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Thank Gomez22
Camarillo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We hiked down from Zabriski Point. I highly recommend hiking down vs. going up unless you are an avid hiker. It is not an easy hike. Also, if you've got kids with you, know that there are some pretty scary points where the trail is very thin and you are literally inches from falling hundreds of feet, with a single... More 

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Thank thymetotravel999
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Set of from Backwater Road parking 1 mile from Furnace Creek Inn. Easy start and good for kids. Left fork after 1 mile takes you to summit of Red Cathedral steep scree towards top is unsuitable for youngsters as the return is difficult and natrow with big drops to side. Views from the top of the whole of Death Valley... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

You better betchya . . There is a reason this is one of the most crowded trails in Death Valley . . It's because it's one of the best . . Do the full loop to "z point" . .get here 1/2 hour before sunrise. Yes it's in a canyon . .but the early morning light-once you get up a... More 

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Thank Todd A
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Get out of your vehicle and hike up the canyon a ways. It's not too strenuous. But pay attention to the warnings about the heat. Go early or late when you can walk in the shadows. It's noticeably hotter in the canyon if you are walking in the sun and even on a reasonable day in late March, we felt... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is a moderate hike that can be accomplished in 3-4 hours depending on your speed and photo interests. Start at the Golden Canyon trailhead. This has you hike uphill when you are most fresh. The hike past the Manly Beacon is terrific and you may find yourself almost alone at this point. You get a restroom opportunity at Zabriskie... More 

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South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

There is a sign at this Canyon not to go into it in the heat of the day. We were fortunate enough to be there at about 6pm when it was in the shade and it was beautiful. A must see place.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

My wife and I have not been seeking long hikes lately, but we had a good time walking the first 1/2 mile of this hike and back. The views are very good and the going fairly easy. We would recommend this hike, your call if you want to return early like we did.

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