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Mosaic Canyon

Route 190, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
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Torrance, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was one of my favorite destinations in the park. The first mile of this trail hike was simply fantastic. How many people can say they have walked a trail with arms outstretched and touches both sides of the canyon! A minor level of rock scrambling is required to advance you along the trail, which makes it fun for kids... More

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Warren, New Jersey, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Mosaic Canyon is a must in Death Valley. The smooth, mosaic like canyon rocks are amazing. There are two places along the trail that people have to slide down because the rocks are too smooth to walk on. I've seen the adults tries to walk and ended up on their bottoms, it was fascinating.

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Thoiry, France
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Thanks to Tripadvisor that I learned about this canyon. Although it was getting very hot already at about 10am (probably 100-105 degrees), much of the start of this canyon was still in the shade and so it was tolerable to walk. There were many very interesting and beautiful geological features along the walls of this very narrow canyon (a gulch,... More

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Makawao, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You can hike for quite a distance into Mosaic Canyon. We spent over an hour and there was plenty more. We found that the beginning of the canyon was the best/most fascinating part, so even if you just spend half an hour you'll see the best part. Floods have washed through the canyon and caused what looks like mosaics, smoothing... More

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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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118 reviews 118 reviews
72 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Incredible place to hike. The narrow and polished canyon rocks are marvelous and it boggled my mind how incredibly smooth the rocks were. There were not a lot of people and when we reached out into the more open area we stopped for a bit and stayed completely silent for a couple minutes. The silence was staggering and felt otherworldly.... More

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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Mosaic Canyon is near Stovepipe Wells. On the first part of the hike the canyon walls are fabulous polished "marble" and quite narrow in places, absolutely fantastic. Most visitors only hike the first mile or so but we went right to the top of the canyon and were pretty much to ourselves...it's an incredible hike....as always make sure you take... More

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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148 reviews 148 reviews
68 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Mosaic Canyon was one of my favorite hikes in Death Valley. I arrived early in the morning and was able to have the canyon pretty much to myself. The hike up the canyon was very beautiful. The walls of the canyon were like a mosaic or breccia of smooth polished rocks which resembled marble. There were a couple of tricky... More

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Denver, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This hike has the most beautiful dolomite stretches. The stone is so beautiful. It was easy for a four year old and a 70 year old.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Mosaic Canyon is just beyond Stovepipe, so with all there is to do in Death Valley it is easy to miss this incredible place. Plan to make this a must see, it is a flat hike in a canyon of incredible color and beauty. The round trip is only about 3 miles, and your left amazed at the color, shapes,... More

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Glendale, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I would definitely do this hike in the early morning, as it gets hot pretty quickly. It's a really pretty hike, especially the first 1/2 mile or so. But it's worth going to the "end", where the boulders block the path. If you're part billy goat, you can climb up and over, and keep going.

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