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Sidewinder Canyon

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Sidewinder Canyon

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Badwater Rd, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Private Tour: Death Valley Day Tour with Evening Milky Way Viewing
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Private Tour: Death Valley Day Tour with Evening Milky Way Viewing

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This place where I have experienced the most stars and the Milky way in my life.<br><br>Minimum of 2 or more people required Private tour.<br>COVID-19 Privet Tour for Safety.<br><br>It's the only tour day and night in the Death Valley.<br>You can enjoy a leisurely tour in the day and see the stars and the Milky Way at the same time in the evening<br><br>We leave Las Vegas around 8 am ~ 11 am. and have a tour of about 11 hours<br>Death Valley has the darkest night sky in the United States and is a great place to gaze awe in the expanse of numerous stars, milky Way, see the details of the moon, and trace the meteor shower.<br>And Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest in North America, is believed to feature miles of deep sand dunes, colorful rocks, and canyons, a wide variety of wildlife, and one type of evaporated salt. We invite you to an unbelievable beautiful place<br>This product is not a trekking tour but a photo tour.<br>The schedule may vary depending on local weather and the situation.
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Tom wrote a review Dec 2020
Maple Grove, Minnesota1,789 contributions368 helpful votes
Park near the gravel piles, and then head out to your right and up the hill to the canyon. It's an uphill hike up a wife canyon with lots of loose rock underfoot. Check out the small slot canyons of the south side of the canyon. Not smooth rock like some slot canyons in AZ - more of the 'mosaic-like' rock and dirt, but still interesting. You can pick up a paper map of the hike from the rangers at Furnace Creek.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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David_Laurie6 wrote a review Nov 2018
Red Bank, New Jersey260 contributions88 helpful votes
Fun to hike and empty of crowds. Lots of tight spots which were fun. Two negatives which were clearly personal opinion. First the geology is all conglomerate i.e. big pebbles embedded in sandstone. The result is monochrome without the colors you see in the other canyons of the park. Second, Between the alluvial fan you must cross to get to the mouth of the canyon and everything after that, you are walking on lose stones, kind of like walking a beach. Tiring for your feet. This would probably be a blast for kids - good adventure without the risk of cliff walks.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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SVSBLR wrote a review Oct 2018
San Diego, California319 contributions61 helpful votes
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I agree with the other reviewer, that this hike is great but has some tricky navigation. Our time was limited, the day we did this (since we were also seeing Badwater Basin, Natural Bridge, and Artist's Palette and driving to Corona), so we tried to maximize our visit to Sidewinder's slot canyons by using a guidebook's reference of the highlights. It described at least two or three of the six side canyons as real gems, and we did manage to find those, but both the openings and the mileage seemed off (we're used to GPS gaps happening when in slots, but even geology points our guidebook mentioned didn't always align). Nice hike, decent slots (not quite the level of Escalante's/Page's, but still worth a go), and a completely solitary area.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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katyydid wrote a review Apr 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin347 contributions20 helpful votes
We popped by the ranger station to grab the free map, which was helpful but not overly detailed. We were never lost, but not exactly sure where we were the whole time and everyone we encountered (about 10 people on a Thursday afternoon) was just as confused. The hike starts out with some elevation gain and a little slog through some scree. After that, the canyon walls close in a bit and there start to be some slots jutting off. Stop and explore all of them as they are all really cool! Some involve some fun scrambling. We kept going up the canyon til we hit one slot on the right side that was very long, windy and beautiful! Definitely worth it to keep going! Bring water and a snack, and do a little research before hand (unlike me)! If you have people in your party who may not be able to complete the whole hike, consider another hike because this one definitely gets more interesting the further you go.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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D. Michael W wrote a review Jan 2018
San Ramon, California304 contributions44 helpful votes
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Sidewinder Canyon is a little off the beaten path. The park newsletter even tells you to get the map from the Ranger Station. Maybe they want a headcount of people attempting the area - maybe they just don't like making extra copies. To get the the trail head you need to drive a long way past Badwater. The turn off is easy to spot and it is an easily accessible gravel road the time I took it. The trail across the fan to the wash is pretty easy to spot, although I heard it said that a lot of people turn left too soon and end up in the wrong canyon. I can see how this is possible, but the trail was pretty clearly marked. About 3/4 of a mile in the first slot appears on the right. It was a good scramble to get to the top. There are several section were it is a 8 to 10 foot climb to get to the next level; nothing technical, all scramble and all very fun. My nine year old son was fine (he is hardcore for 9, 20 mile days with a light pack), but evaluate what you and your party can do before climbing. We had company for our hike, but it could have just as easily been no one for hours. There are three slots to explore and a couple of other drainages that were interesting to consider - but I wouldn't climb them. Have fun, be safe!
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Date of experience: January 2018
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