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“Super Salt Creek Trail”

Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
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Death Valley Tour from Las Vegas
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
83 attraction reviews
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“Super Salt Creek Trail”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Although not top on the tourist list of things to do, this picturesque interpretative trail gives a insight into Salt Creek. This creek in itself is extraordinary, the salinated stream is home to the Salt Creek pupfish, a unique and bizarre creature that can survive in these harsh conditions. This is an east 1 mile hike, accessible to all including young children and wheelchairs since the whole trail is on boardwalk (please do stick to the board walk, the ecosystem in this part of the world is fragile). It won't take you long to complete, but gives a nice rest bite by the water around lowlying bush and vegetation after being out in the desert heat. The Salt Creek trail is located approximately 2 miles north of Furnace Creek.

We made a nice morning of it by beginning at The Mesquite Sand Dunes at dawn, follow by a short stroll around Salt Water Creek and finally a wander around The Borax Museum before heading into Furnace Creek Ranch for a well deserved breakfast. All done by 9.00am, with the rest of the day free to explore the remainder of the valley.

Just remember that there are no facilities or picnic tables out here.

If you have time, do take 20 minutes to stop off here and admire yet another one of the valley's unique features.

Visited January 2014
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Munich, Germany
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“Yes and no”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you travel in Spring then there should be lots of small fish in the water you'll see. In Winter we saw only a small river. Yes, the trail is interesting also without the fish in it, lots of panels explaining background and it is interesting to see water flowing in Death Valley. But I suggest you put this to the end of your lists of things you want to see. If you're in the park 1 or 2 days then I suggest to skip this.

Visited December 2013
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Carterville, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
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“Relaxing stroll”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Easy mile long boardwalk hike along a small stream and wetlands. May or may not see the Pupfish that are native to the area. The draw for me was the green vegetation of these wetlands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert. Very peaceful and quiet and stunning panaromas. A relaxing hour or so if its not too hot.

Visited November 2013
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Rugby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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“Nice little walk”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a half mile loop walk. The path is a boardwalk which is above the river which had dried up for the summer. We did however see a couple of different lizards on our walk round.

This little trail was not overly exciting but is wheelchair and child friendly. During different months/seasons this trail could be quite interesting.

It does have a large car parking area which also had some picnic tables.

Visited July 2012
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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
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“Biting Flies”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Got on the boardwalk and met a guy swatting flies as he returned to his car, quickly. We went just far enough to see the pupfish and left.

Visited April 2013
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