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Golden Canyon

Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of flash floods are a good...
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Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

see it during sunrise or sunset to appreciate the golden colour of the canyon. Go to the visitors centre for a map,and it's easy to find it and the other attractions in death valley

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

M husband and I hiked in Golden Canyon while we were in Death Valley. Both of us have feet problems but found the trail quite omanageable. It's a beautiful trek of about a mile each way. Don't miss it!

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Golden Canyon is an excellent short trail, about 2 miles (3.2k) out and back, only slightly uphill, through a golden yellow mudstone canyon ending with the Red Cathedral in sight; the bold contrasting colors of the golden canyon walls, deep blue sky and the red of the Red Cathedral is truly beautiful and, along with its proximity to Furnace Creek,... More 

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chicago, illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We hiked Golden in late afternoon on 12/8. The low light filled the space with soft light which made the rock walls glow. It is easy hiking and an enjoyable couple of hours.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We hit this area mainly for red cathedral. But the formation along the way is so great. Kids can not make it the whole way (around 2.5 Km) It is easy for adults. If you like to take photo, you can find a high spot (really high spot), then you can take full view of red cathedral. (You will see... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Go early! I'm talking 7 or 8 AM. The colors are the best then and even better its not crowded. Trust me on this....this is one of the most popular canyons in the park and hiking it with a hundred of your new closest best friends takes some of the magic out of the experience.

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very enjoyable. Worth taking the time to hike up (gentle) the canyon if you like looking at rocks. Popular, so don't go if you're looking for seclusion.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The hike was beautiful and scenic amazing views for photographers. I think it was an easy hike but people in less shape may not think so. One hill actually. The canyons are amazing. Just a few miles south of Furnace Creek parking right off the road.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a gentle hike on a good trip. the canyon is quite spectacular in its golden color. Doing this first followed by the artists drive will give you a very good feel for the ores in death valley.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

they dont know how to measure miles in this park. the listed lengths are often off by a half mile or more. this one is no exception. that said, do the full hike to the top, and climb the rocks to get the good view - be careful!!!

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