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Mosaic Canyon

Address: Route 190, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks

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Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great hike that requires some rock scrambling to get into the depths of the canyon. Seeing the varied geology is worth the effort. It's a true lesson in the power of the earth as it shifts. A don't miss while in the park. We were here in late January and the weather was 70s in the day.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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120 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The name comes from lots of bits of different colored rocks imbedded in the marble walls of the canyon. The canyon walls are lovely and smooth. The hike is fairly short to the end of the canyon, but you could hike far beyond.

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New Jersey
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is another beautiful spot in Death Valley. Just a short walk from the parking area is another beautiful site. The rock looks man made the way the all the different types of rocks are melded together. Really take the time to enjoy this amazing natural occurrence. Make sure you look for wildlife we saw a tarantula.

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Ferndale, California, United States
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17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I really liked this spot. A little narrow in places and a fair amount of people. The trail is fairly easy, although there is some clambering around on slippery rocks. Pretty colors. Best lighting when sun is high in the sky.

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Santa Rosa, CA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Hike to the marbelized rock is not long, and is rewarding--the rock and the form of the canyon are worth seeing. The hike beyond that is nothing special relative to other hikes in Death Valley. This is a popular hike, so the trail may be crowded. Early or late in the day are best.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A beautiful canyon likely best hiked in early AM up to mid-day. A four-foot upsweep of marbleized rock kept us from going all the way up the canyon, you're well advised to take hiking sticks and sturdy shoes with good-gripping soles, since the upper layers of the canyon have become white marble (under intense pressure) on the lower levels. Narrow... More 

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California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We found this trail to be much more beautiful than the Golden Canyon Trail. But you should definitely do both. Might as well do as much as you can while you're in the area!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A hike the non hiker. It has some pretty views. It's extremely over crowded and I didn't find it worth hiking with the crowds.

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Hamilton, New York
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6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you think that mosaics are only the product of artisans, think again. Blocks of dolostone form intricate patterns along the polished lower canyon walls, and multiple sets of breccias document a long history of erosion, deposition, cementation, uplift, erosion, deposition, cementation, and again, and again.

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Sunnyvale, California
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16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a good place to stop by, especially if you are traveling with kids. More of a walk than a hike for the first part, although there is a bit of climbing, easy enough for even young kids to handle. The rock formations are nice and interesting for children to look at and touch. Good way to spend an... More 

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