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This is an easy, self-guided trail through a colorful canyon. It is not recommended for summer use due to extreme heat at low elevations.

Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail lies south of Furnace Creek on Badwater Road. It passes through the northern portion of the Black Mountains. The trail is an easy one-mile path that leads through an interesting canyon. A trail guide, available at the visitor center or trailhead, leads visitors along a stretch of numbered trail markers.

Hikers can reach the Red Cathedral formation by following the left fork of the canyon and hiking one half miles. By hiking one and a half miles past the last trail marker along the right fork you'll reach Zabriskie Point. From Zabriskie Point hike one and a half miles down the main wash, then turn north on Badwater Road to complete the loop back to the trailhead.

Directions: From Furnace Creek, Drive 2 miles south on the Badwater Road to the Golden Canyon parking area.

Elevation: Sea Level

Elevation Gain: 165 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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Death Valley National Park, California

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