The Mosaic Canyon trail curves tightly along prehistoric fault lines encased by color-washed marble walls. Millions of years ago, sediment layers left by the sea became limestone; heat and pressure converted the stone into marble. The natural metamorphosis is evident just a quarter mile into the maze-like canyon.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Mosaic Canyon

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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  • The trail into Mosaic Canyon is accessible for hikers of almost any ability and it delivers great rewards in a short distance. The canyon shows off colorful slickrock and polished marble, but its most amazing feature is mosaic breccia, a rock formation embedded in the canyon walls. The breccia are multi-colored rock fragments that appear to be cemented together, creating a mosaic effect.
  • The best mosaics are found in the first 0.25 mile of the canyon, where the smooth marble walls close in tightly. Shortly beyond this narrow stretch, the canyon walls open out into a wide alluvial fan, and most visitors turn around so they can experience the colorful narrows all over again.

Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, California 92328

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