Butte Valley

Total Miles


1306.98 ft


7 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

Street-legal vehicles and a Death Valley National Park pass are required for this route. Begin on a wide road across open desert land and then pass through Warm Springs Canyon. You'll pass by talc mines and have the opportunity to walk around an abandoned summer camp. The trail opens up into beautiful Butte Valley, with iconic Striped Butte and several historic cabins. Spend some time exploring the side roads and maybe you'll spot a wild burro.


Easy: Long gradual climb. Narrow, rough and mildly rocky in a few spots. Okay for stock 2-wheel-drive SUVs with moderate ground clearance.


Carl Mengel, 1868-1944 devoted his life to mining in the area. There's a grave marker at the top of Mengel Pass south of his cabin. The Geologist's Cabin, Russel Camp and his cabin are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The stone Geologist's Cabin is usually taken first. Please read hantavirus warnings posted at the cabins. Only you can decide if it is safe.

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Access Description

From Furnace Creek, head south about 42 miles on Badwater Road and turn right on West Side Road.