Marble & Cottonwood Canyons

Bring your camera on this route inside Death Valley National Park.

Total Miles
17.1

Elevation

583.99 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Fall/Winter/Spring

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Moderate: Conditions can change quickly after heavy rainstorms. Stock vehicles with 4-wheel drive and moderate ground clearance are usually sufficient to handle conditions. Route-finding can be challenging in Cottonwood Canyon, especially south of Waypoint 05. Flash floods are rare but possible.

History

For many years, this has been a popular backpacker's destination. The two canyons connect in a loop. The route is challenging and dangerous if you get lost. No permit other than park pass is required. Check at the ranger station in Stovepipe Wells for latest conditions and recommendations.

Technical Rating

5

Access Description

Take Highway 190 to Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park. Head north on paved road that enters large campground southwest of gas station.