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Golden Canyon

Death Valley Junction, CA
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Beautiful canyon but too hot (even for Death Valley)

We went here when we had a record high of 53°C which probably is not the best... you have to walk... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Natalie B
Lucerne, Switzerland
Nice Hike in Golden Canyon - Death Valley National Park, Ca

The walk is about 1 1/2 miles from the Parking Lot. One can just do part of it I liked the very... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Fremont, California
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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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“gower gulch” (32 reviews)
“easy hike” (37 reviews)
Death Valley Junction, CA
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went here when we had a record high of 53°C which probably is not the best... you have to walk this and it really is extremely hot, no shade etc. For that we felt there are other places that are worth seeing more (mosaic...More

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The walk is about 1 1/2 miles from the Parking Lot. One can just do part of it I liked the very nice golden and other colors. Thus its name. In the summer, best to do early in the day.

Thank mini
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Go early to avoid the heat and the crowds! The colours of the rocks in the canyon are fascinating and provide a dramatic illustration of sedimentary rock formation. The walk around the canyon is short so does not take too long but does get hot.

Thank Hepatacyte
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Wish we would've hit this place on the way in instead of waiting until the end. We were too exhausted to walk very far. It looked amazing though. Loved the entire Death Valley experience. I would suggest walking through here a bit before going to...More

Thank Brooke C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Hiking to the Golden Canyon leads to Red Rock Cathedral... so you get 2 sites for one hike! The views are beautiful! Don't forget to bring your camera and don't forget to look back from time to time. Most importantly, DON'T FORGET TO BRING AT...More

Thank Kelley46
Reviewed 25 June 2017

We started this hike around 8am and it was still almost 100 degrees (beginning of June). This is a short hike, but can be lengthened to Zabriskie Point if you choose to go further. The landscape here is diverse and beautiful to look at, but...More

Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Ensure you hike early or late. Interesting landscape with easier walking than Mosaic canyon. It can be combined with other trails to make a longer hike. The end of the hike up to the Cathedral pipes is a little more difficult but not hard, just...More

Thank teamflames
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

A wonderful hike in Golden Canyon. Take care of the heat and the sun is killing. Bring along water....and enjoy

Thank Rita V
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We did the whole long loop hike through Golden Canyon which included Gower Gulch Loop via Zabriskie Point as the starting point. We started just after sunrise and when we were on the way back it was certainly hot in the canyon. We did include...More

Thank Jessica B
Reviewed 21 May 2017

My wife and I enjoyed the walk in Golden Valley. Not unbelievable, but very pleasant. It did not seem as popular as other walks, but we enjoyed it more; even more so because we had it almost to ourselves.

Thank HappyTraveller234
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