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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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South San Francisco, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
88 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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184 reviews 184 reviews
49 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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112 helpful votes 112 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place really is a heat trap so the park do not recommend visiting after 10am. However, the guides say that photos are best around noon. The good news is that you don't have to walk very far to see a really interesting part of the canyon and that at any time of day there are some walls in light... More

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Torrance, California
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31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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