20 Mule Team Canyon

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, California

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20 Mule Team Canyon

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  • Entering 20 Mule Team Canyon.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • Stark bluff in 20 Mule Team Canyon.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • 20 Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley National Park.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • 20 Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley National Park.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • Looking up a wash in 20 Mule Team Canon, Death Valley National Park.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • The hills of 20 Mule Team Canyon are composed of Artist Drive Formation.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • The hills are fun for all to climb.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • The road is dirt, but it is well-graded.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • A dry wash in 20 Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley National Park.- 20 Mule Team Canyon
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Accessible by all. Fun rock scrambling.
Cons: 
Dusty.
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Region:
Death Valley, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Viewpoint, Other
Other point of interest: 
Canyon
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The badlands around Zabriskie Point are a favorite attraction for visitors to Death Valley National Park. Unfortunately, hiking into them requires a certain amount of physical mobility and can be quite taxing during the hotter parts of the day. A great option to see this marvelous terrain is to take the 20 Mule Team Canyon scenic drive, just over a mile to the east.

This 2.8-mile one-way well-graded dirt road winds through a lovely example of Death Valley badlands. These formations are composed of Artist Drive Formation (Pliocene) and are soft and rapidly eroding. The tour doesn’t require any hiking (though it can certainly be used as a jumping off point for on-foot exploration of the area as well). This is also a great place to take children and let them explore the washes and easily-climbed hills of the area.

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(5 within a 30 mile radius)

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(20 within a 30 mile radius)

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