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This trail leads eight miles one-way into the Cottonwood Mountains through a stream-cut gorge. It is not recommended for summer use due to extreme heat.

Bighorn Gorge Trail leads southward from Mesquite Spring Campground to an unmaintained four-wheel drive road on White Top Mountain. Mesquite Spring Campground lies along Death Valley Wash at an approximate elevation of 1,800 feet. From the campground the trail traverses southward along several contour lines to reach the drainage that forms Bighorn Gorge. The next five miles of the trail follows the drainage into the Cottonwood Mountain Range. There is an 80-foot dry fall in Bighorn Gorge. Visitors should look for a route around the northern side of the dry fall. This trail takes you into remote wilderness through a deep canyon which supports bighorn sheep. The trail intersects a dirt roadway at about the eight mile mark. This road leads to White Top Mountain, then into Hidden Valley. This trail is not recommended for summer use. Bring lots of water in preparation for the extreme heat.

Directions: From Furnace Creek, Follow Highway 190 northward, to an intersection with Highways 267 and 374. Continue driving northward at this intersection, following Highway 267. Pass the turn for Titus canyon and continue driving northward. The Mesquite Springs Campground lies on the western side of the Highway approximately 52 miles from Furnace Creek.

Elevation: 1,800 feet

Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Death Valley National Park, California

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