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Golden Canyon

Address: Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Los Angeles, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is the best hiking trail in Death Valley. After parking your car in the parking lot, you enter a canyon with an easy hike for about a mile. The trail then winds uphill in a narrow path bordered by the mountain on one side and a very steep slope on the other. If you can finish this part, you... More 

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Parry Sound, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This was a little difficult to find. The road is a bit rough, but worth the drive. The rocks are brilliant yellow, with salt and borax growing out of the rocks. Very interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Very pretty, though busy as a tourist attraction, would have preferred a more remote spot. Wear sunscreen, because even in February the sun is hot on the rocks!

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Hiking in Golden Canyon affords stunning views of the badlands, Red Cathedral, Manly Beacon and the valley below. Definitely follow the Gower Gulch Loop for a moderate roundtrip hike. Note: Try to get to the trailhead early in the AM to avoid the heat of the day and to get parking or follow the other suggestions and try this at... More 

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fairfield county
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Terrific scenery as you work up into the canyon. The tourists drop off if you go beyond a mile. Zabriskie point trail is closed, but you can drive to Dante's view for a much more impressive view anyway. The trail is really about the canyon and not Zabriskie point anyway. We gained a few hundred feet of elevation, working along... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

this is a great hike, best time is at sunset when the rocks turn red. it is a moderate hike and you can go as far in the canyon as you like. there is some boulders to climb but they are very easy just be careful

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Mountain View, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Get there early to find parking and easier to hike in a cooler temperature. The views of the canyon is just breathtaking, and you can do the easy one mile hike or continue the 4 mile loop or to the red cathedral. We chose to continue to red cathedral. Was worth it since zabrieski point is closed when we were... More 

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west hills, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Loved this easy hike up a colorful canyon. Large parking area wonderful for photography.Interesting rock formations. Be sure to stop here if you are in Death Valley.

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Golden Canyon hike is probably the most popular hike, or certainly one of the most popular ones in Death Valley. It is located just a couple of miles south of the 190 and Badwater Rd intersection. The parking lot can be seen from the road. There’s a restroom there as well. We had done the Golden Canyon hike before... More 

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Campbell, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The February day the we hiked into Golden Canyon, it was 88 degrees. When we reached the 1 mile sign, we went on to Red Cathedral but found we were too close to photograph it very well. Next we returned to the 1 mile sign and continued the steep trail up to the base of Manly Beacon where there were... More 

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