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Golden Canyon

Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
82 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We only walked a sort distance into the canyon because even at 9.30am the heat was draining. I wish we could have gone further. With the sunlight on the towering golden rocks it looked like something from an Indiana Jones movie. It really was breathtaking and we hardly did more than a few hundred yards of it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a beautiful walk through a canyon. We only walked a short distance due to the heat. It truly looked like a movie set and was magnificent to walk through.

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Burlington, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

When the early light is shining into the canyon, it really does look golden. Walk up into the canyon and climb (carefully) up one of the side canyons. Get out of your car!

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Foothill Ranch, California
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61 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I was rushing to get back to Dante's Peak for sunset, so I didn't get a chance to get out and hike this attraction. I wish I had more time. The vibrant colors at it's entrance were inviting.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Brilliant canyon that shows the true magnificence of the entire area. It is a long walk but reasonably level and not too hard, but it can be a challenge with the heat. Take plenty of water!!!

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

When visiting Death Valley, be sure to include Golden Canyon as a must-do hike in the park. The pastel colors within the canyon are just amazing. The hike up to Zabriskie Point is well worth your effort. You can return to your car via the Gower's Gulch loop trail.

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sparks nv
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17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I had older people with me and couldn't do much of a hike. But, this is only a 2 mile loop trail and beautiful! I did hike a tiny bit. If you can't hike, it's probably not going to mean much.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Canyon was nice hike, but I would recommend AM instead of PM. I did this in late afternoon, but the canyon radiates heat, so was a bit too hot.

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Nice drive through a scenic and colorful canyons, with pull offs for hiking or photos. Crude trail will keep your speed below 25 mph.

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Portland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was our favorite. Five mile loop of spectacular scenery very close to hotel. Classic painted hill setting.

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