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Golden Canyon, Death Valley National Park

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  • We hiked up Golden Canyon, about a mile or so. We went into one of the side canyons and say the most incredible colored rocks. The sandstone was yellow, and there were greens and reds an various... 
    We hiked up Golden Canyon, about a mile or so. We went into one of the side canyons and say the most incredible colored rocks. The sandstone was yellow, and there were greens and reds an various...  more »
  • This is a bit of a hike and even when the temperature was in the 70's, was a demanding walk (for us geriatrics). It is not far from the park center and well worth the effort. Make sure you carry... 
    This is a bit of a hike and even when the temperature was in the 70's, was a demanding walk (for us geriatrics). It is not far from the park center and well worth the effort. Make sure you carry...  more »
  • My teenaged son and I hiked Golden Canyon on our visit to Death Valley. it is a beautiful canyon through the mountains in Death Valley. It is not an especially difficult hike. When we hiked it the....  more
    My teenaged son and I hiked Golden Canyon on our visit to Death Valley. it is a beautiful canyon through the mountains in Death Valley. It is not an especially difficult hike. When we hiked it the....  more »
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  • Golden Canyon is an easy and beautiful hike if you are visiting Death Valley. The trail is about 1.25 miles one way and easy to navigate. The canyon walls are absolutely beautiful, with striations of many different colors. In the evening, as the sun is setting, the hike back to the trail head is absolutely stunning.
  • This place was spectacular! On Jan 1st the sun sets early so by 2 it definitely casted a shadow for a more dramatic effect. Views from the forward and backward perspective are gorgeous! I took the short hike from Golden Canyon to Red Cathedral. I'm an avid hiker and can not tell you how much fun I had in Red Cathedral!!! I definitely had to climb and scramble more. By the time I got to the top of Red the sun was setting. On my walk down the sun was not hitting any of the rock. I can't imagine how hot this would be in the summer. Winter is definitely the time to go!
  • Love, love, loved it! There were several places in this canyon where scenes from Star Wars were filmed! Even without that added bonus, this is a beautiful canyon with a fairly easy walk. There is a small parking lot here and a restroom.
  • Didn’t do the full trail here, just walked up some of the old paved road, the majority of which was flooded away in Feb 1976. So yes! They do get rain here sometimes ;)
  • When you see the yellow hills everywhere you know why it was called Golder Canyon. Few steep uphill walks makes it moderately challenging, and lazy me after lunch almost gave up. But I am glad I did not, because once you reach up the high points some cool views will be waiting for you. I cannot emphasize this enough: bring enough water (with you AND in the car). On an April afternoon it was hot and dry enough for my sweat to vaporize instantly. I kept drinking and it turned into vapor without fully satisfying my thirst. One small 16oz bottle is not enough, and once you drink half it is safer to turn back.

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