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Mosaic Canyon

Route 190, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
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Nashville, Tennessee
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100 reviews 100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This place should be higher on the Top Ten list -- it is more fascinating than expected. A geologist's dream, even. Get up close and see the variety of rocks pressed into the other materials. Wow - how did this place form, anyway?

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Balboa Island, California
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159 reviews 159 reviews
58 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of the finest "slot" canyons in Death Valley. Its an easy drive from Stovepipe. What's nice is that its very accessible for beginner or experienced hikers alike. You can see some fantastic colors within the first quarter mile from the parking lot. Go further if you're young or strong.

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Capitola, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Get to Mosaic Canyon early in the day when it is still cool and uncrowded. It's a lovely walk/easy hike and should not be missed. The best part is the first 1/2 - 2/3 of a mile. Go slowly and look for the homes of small birds and other wildlife in the cavities of the canyon.

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Girona, Spain
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Park Warden told us you can walk 4-5 miles up the canyon but you cant. You reach a dead end canyon head-wall after about 1.5 miles but that doesn't spoil it. Narrow to start and then opening out considerably before narrowing again. In a couple of places there are awkward steps to avoid a blockage and watch out for... More

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South San Francisco, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
88 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My hiking guide (California Hiking, Tom Stienstra) rated this hike a 10/10, so I decided that I had to check it out. It's a 3+ mile drive on an unpaved road to the trailhead, but my 4-door sedan made it, and I saw other small cars at the trailhead. I started the hike around 11:30am, finished at 2:30pm, but that... More

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Leeds
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109 reviews 109 reviews
54 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Follow the signs off the main road up a dirt track for about 2 miles. Stick with it and you get to walk up a spectacular canyon with wonderfully marked marble walls. Quite narrow in places and a bit of easy scrambling here and there. No breeze in the canyon so even hotter. Quite a good view across the valley... More

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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very special smooth and rounded rock formations from the mouth of the canyon in about 1/2 mile. Parts of the canyon are only a few feet wide at the bottom and the walls rise about 100 feet or more. Suggest early morning or late afternoon visit for beautiful shadowing on the walls. Worth the 2 mile drive up the rutted... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This canyon is interesting anywhere you look- the sides, the ground, the lip of the canyon above you... They all show you a different layer of rock (and possibly fossils). It truly lives up to it's name as every inch of it looks like a mosaic work of art. And this is another good spot to hit even if the... More

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Victoria, Canada
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204 reviews 204 reviews
113 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is an interesting place to see with the walls of the canyon appearing to look like stone mosaics in many places. You will spend more time driving up to the parking lot than in the actual canyon as the interesting part is in the first kilometer of the hike. It gets very hot here during the best time to... More

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Canyonleigh, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The canyon's colours continued to take our breath away. Don't miss this wonderful natural attraction.

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