Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail
Length: 1 mile, one-way
Start Location: Golden Canyon parking area, 2 miles south of Hwy 190 on Badwater Road.
Description: Easy trail through a colorful canyon. Red Cathedral is located 1/4 mile up the canyon from the last numbered marker. An interpretive trail guide is available from the Visitor Center, ranger stations, or here.
Gower Gulch Loop
Length: 4 miles round-trip.
Start: Golden Canyon parking area, 2 miles south of Hwy 190 on Badwater Rd.
Description: This hike offers colorful badlands, canyon narrows and old borax mines. Hike up Golden Canyon to marker #10, then follow trail over the badlands to Zabriskie Point or down Gower Gulch (no trail) to finish loop. Two easy dryfalls must be scrambled down. Ask for a Gower Gulch handout at Visitor Center or at the Death Valley National Park web site.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Length: 2 miles to highest dune
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Start: 2.2 miles east of Stovepipe Wells on Hwy 190.
Description: Graceful desert dunes and numerous animal tracks are seen on this hike. Walk cross-country to the 100 ft. high dunes. Best in morning or afternoon for dramatic light and also good for full moon hikes. No trail.
Length: 1/2 to 2 miles, one-way.
Start: Mosaic Canyon parking area, 2 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village on graded gravel road.
Description: Popular walk up a narrow, polished marble-walled canyon. First 1/2 mile is narrowest section. Some slickrock scrambling necessary. “Mosaics” of fragments of rocks cemented together can be seen in canyon walls. Bighorn sheep sighted occasionally.