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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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366 reviews 366 reviews
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276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We enjoyed this relatively easy hike. The most interesting part was the slot-canyon-like squeezes toward the end of it and the views of the red-rock "cathedral."

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If you are staying in Furnace Creek then take the 10 minute drive and get there just before sunrise. Eerily quiet, pleasant temperature and watching the colours change before your eyes is fantastic. You only need to do the first mile though I'm sure the rest is great as well.

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Denver, Colorado
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Don't miss any if the hikes in Death Valley. Each one is a delight. Always carry water and sub shade.

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Ontario
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25 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I assume the name comes from the lightly coloured rocks. In any case it makes for a nice hike with opportunities to get off of the beaten path if you want some adventurous mini-climbs. The full loop is five miles and hilly. Bring the right gear and water if you are planning on it. I only went half a mile... More 

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Ferndale, California, United States
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17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This was one of my favourite spots in the valley! If you love geology, shapes, angles and colors, this is the spot for you. A relatively easy hike as it follows an old road loop that is no longer open to vehicles. It is quite a ways and we didn't complete it since we ran out of sunlight. We did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We hiked Golden Canyon late in the day, and went back to the Red Cathedral. With a bit of rock scrambling back there, the vantage points were breathtaking, colors intense, and the resulting photos some of the best of our trip to Death Valley.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Not strenuous but extremely cool hike. Bring way more water than you think, even in winter. Zabriskie point is currently closed.

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Los Altos, California
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Great place to drive and enjoy the scenery or stop and spend a few minutes enjoying the peace and quiet.

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a beautiful canyon and unfortunately we were short on daylight. We walked for an hour or so taking lots of pictures, but couldn't go all the way to the end to Red Cathedral. If you stop a lot for pictures, then keep enough time. This is an easy-moderate hike.

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Santa Rosa, CA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Wonderful short hike up this canyon. Suggest going in early morning or late afternoon if you want stunning views and photographs.

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