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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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Burlington, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
68 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Sedona, Arizona
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244 reviews 244 reviews
77 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Be sure to take this hike from the start all the way over to Zabriskie Point....and if you are real lucky have someone pick you up on that side or plan to walk back. Worth the hike!

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santa barbara
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is one of the first stops going south on Badwater Rd. It's a bit of a hike in to get to the guts of the beautiful red rock canyon but worth the hike to see. It truly is beautiful and a wonder of natural rock formations. Take water, it's a hike.

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