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Address: Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
Activities: Hiking
Description: These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of...
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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Gentle Hike - Big Pay Offs

Golden Canyon is a fantastic end of day hike. The pictures do not do it justice. Even though it is basically the same color, the geology is not boring. Beautiful formations put on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Golden Canyon is a fantastic end of day hike. The pictures do not do it justice. Even though it is basically the same color, the geology is not boring. Beautiful formations put on a show for visitors. When I was there, I came across four tourists poking a baby rattlesnake with a stick. Not only was it bad for the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The canyon is golden in color all around and looks like gold.Sadly you know it is not.Good little trek into the canyon which makes you feel good.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The Golden Canyon is located inside of Death Valley National Park and about 2 miles south of Hwy 190 on Badwater Road. Death Valley is located about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The Golden Canyon trail hike starts in the Golden Canyon parking area and the trailhead is at the end of the parking lot. I visited the Canyon... More 

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Kensington, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Fairly easy hike that takes you right into some really spectacular badlands. Some great colors and varied tortured rock formations. Combine it with Gower canyon for a great 4+ mile round trip.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Take lots of water as it traps heat in the is narrow canyon. Some shots from the original Star Wars movie where R2D2 runs into the Sand people here.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I liked the interesting lines you could get while photographing the side canyons. Fairly decent any time of day.

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Tavernier, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A nice, easy walk for about a mile with golden rocks. The last quarter mile up to the red rock is more of a climb but well worth it! It's narrow but not scary and the scenery is magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

great little easy hike in Death Valley, but it is hot - even if your car thermometer says one thing, it may well be hotter in here because you are walking through a canyon of rocks that have been absorbing and radiating heat for millenia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Beautiful hike thru an awesome desolate canyon. First half very easy going. If you continue for the second half it gets a little hairy as you do some fairly steep sections going to Zabriskie Point. Great views. Take plenty of water!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The time to go is sunset, as the rocks get even more golden. It looked very much like Egypt in the desolation and remoteness. An easy trail up and back provided a nice evening walk, with great rewards as the light changed with the dying sun.

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Address: Address: Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Death Valley National Park  >  Death Valley Junction

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