Standard Road Conditions

Standard Conditions are listed below, however conditions change with the weather.

 

DIRT ROAD DEFINITIONS

Low Clearance Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) Roads
These are maintained gravel roads where a standard 2WD drive passenger vehicle is able to travel at low speeds, on long, dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. In hilly areas or in curves, the safe speeds may be significantly lower.

High Clearance Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) Roads
These are maintained gravel roads where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. All high clearance 2WD roads may be rocky with areas or soft gravel or sand that makes travel unsafe for sedans or RVs.

High Clearance Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Roads
These are unmaintained roads where a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel- drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques, can drive the road without getting stuck. All 4WD roads may be rocky, with deep sand or gravel and steep hills

Conditions can change frequently on dirt roads. The Roads Conditions Facebook page can also be used as a resource to ask park staff and other visitors about the conditions of backcountry roads in the park.


VEHICLE DEFINITIONS

Low Clearance Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) Vehicles
A low clearance 2WD vehicle is defined as a standard passenger vehicle with less than 8 inches of clearance from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential, to the ground.

High Clearance Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD)Vehicles
A high clearance 2WD vehicle is defined as a SUV or truck type vehicle, with at least 15 inch tire rims or more, designed for heavier type use than a standard passenger vehicle, with at least 8 inches of clearance or more, from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential, to the ground.

High Clearance Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Vehicles
A high clearance 4WD vehicle is defined as a SUV or truck type vehicle, with at least 15 inch tire rims or more, with a low gear transfer case, designed for heavier type use than a standard passenger vehicle, with at least 8 inches of clearance or more from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential, to the ground, also including a means to mechanically power both, front and real wheels at the same time.

 

Death Valley National Park Standard Conditions

Paved Roads Rev. 10/16/06

Artist's Drive

Most vehicles. 9 mile, paved, one-way road south to north off Badwater Road. RVs, trailers, buses over 25 ft. not allowed due to narrow turns and steep dips. Subject to flooding and closure in heavy rains.

Badwater Road

All vehicles. 70 mile, paved road which becomes State Hwy 178 the last few miles south to Hwy 127. Provides access to Golden Canyon, West Side Road, Artist’s Drive, Devil’s Golf Course, Natural Bridge, and Badwater. Road is narrower and rougher south of Badwater. Subject to flooding and closure after heavy rains.

Beatty Cutoff Road

All vehicles. 10 mile paved road. Short cut to Daylight Pass Road & Beatty from Hwy 190. Drivers descending into Death Valley should use caution and keep their speed down due to sharp curves and narrow roadway. Subject to flooding in heavy rains.

Dante’s View Road

Most vehicles. 13 mile paved road. RV's, trailers and buses over 25 ft. not allowed beyond trailer parking area 7.5 miles off Hwy 190 (Greenwater Valley Road jct.) due to a steep, narrow roadway. Road is closed when winter snow or ice accumulates on last 2 miles of roadway. Subject to flooding in heavy rains.

Daylight Pass Road

All vehicles. Paved road exits the park to Beatty, Nevada at Hwy 95. Provides access to Titus Canyon (oneway) Road and Rhyolite ghost town. Slow down through curves.

Emigrant Canyon Road

Most vehicles. 21.5 mile paved road. RVs, trailers, and buses over 25 ft. not allowed due to narrow canyon and roadway. Provides access to Skidoo, Aguereberry Point, and Wildrose roads. Watch for potholes in pavement. Subject to flooding in heavy rains.
Highway 178 (east)
All vehicles. Paved road provides access to southern Death Valley from Hwy 127. Becomes Badwater Road after entering the park. Rough with some potholes in the southern end. Subject to flooding in heavy rains.

Highway 190

All vehicles. State Highway 190 is both a state and federal Scenic Byway. Mountain passes from the west over Father Crowley Point and Towne Pass are steep and narrow with a 7 to 9% grade. Large RVs or vehicles towing trailers may want to access the park from the east. Watch for rocks on the road west of Towne Pass, especially on rainy or windy days. Extra long RVs and semi-trailers are not recommended on the steep, windy section west of Panamint Springs Resort.

Mud Canyon Road

All vehicles. 6.5 mile paved road provides access to Beatty off Scotty’s Castle Road. Becomes Daylight Pass Road after junction with Beatty Cutoff Road at Hells Gate. Slow down through curves.

Panamint Valley Road

All vehicles. Only the last mile of this paved road is in the park where it joins Hwy 190, but it provides the primary access to the park from the south through Ridgecrest via Hwy 178 (west).

Scotty’s Castle Road

(Park route 5 or Inyo County Bonnie Claire Road) All vehicles. 40-mile paved road north off Hwy 190. Subject to flooding and closure during heavy rains.

Ubehebe Crater Road

All vehicles. 5 mile paved road off the Scotty's Castle Road. Subject to closure after heavy rains.

Wildrose Canyon Road (lower) / Trona-Wildrose Road

Most vehicles. Mostly paved road with 2 mile section of graded gravel. RVs, trailers, and buses over 25 ft. not allowed due to a narrow, winding road. Sedans should use caution on gravel. Access to park from Panamint Valley Road. Subject to closure and flooding after heavy rains.

 

Maintained Dirt Roads Rev. 04/09/06

Aguereberry Point Road

High clearance 2-wheel drive. 6-mile graded gravel road off Emigrant Canyon Road. After the first 3 1/2 miles, the road enters a narrows and climbs moderately. The next one-mile section has loose rock and bedrock protruding from the road surface. Sedans risk undercarriage damage. Final ½ mile ascent to Aguereberry Point is steep and has occasional rocks. Subject to snow and mud conditions during wet periods. Watch out for other vehicles on blind curves! No Camping. Day use only.

Big Pine / Death Valley Road

High clearance 2-wheel drive. 48-mile gravel road graded by county. First 36 miles unpaved, then 4 miles paved, followed by 8 additional miles unpaved, then paved to Big Pine. Expect dust and occasional rough spots first 3 miles. Very rough washboard. 4WD is recommended when washed out by floods. Often signed as CLOSED by Inyo County after floods.

Charcoal Kilns / Upper Wildrose Canyon Road

Most vehicles, paved but last 2 miles to kilns are graded, gravel road. No RVs or trailers. Regular vehicles possible but large rocks require caution and slow speed. Road closed during winter months if ice and snow create a hazard. Road continuing to Thorndike and Mahogany Camps is high clearance 2WD; high clearance 4WD during the winter. Camp only in designated campgrounds.

Darwin Falls Road

Most vehicles: There is limited parking at the trailhead. 2-mile graded gravel road off Hwy 190, then high clearance 4WD to park boundary and Darwin. First two miles are washboard. No camping first two miles or at the trailhead.

Desolation Canyon Road

All vehicles. ½ mile graded, dirt road, 3.7 miles south of Hwy 190 on Badwater Rd; not marked. No camping. Completely washed away by August 15, 2004 flood. First half-mile graded and re-opened (10/06/05).

Devil's Golf Course Road

All vehicles. 1.3 mile graded gravel road off Badwater Road. Road closes when wet and muddy.

Eureka Dunes / South Eureka Road

High clearance 2-wheel drive. 11-mile dirt road graded by county. Road to dunes is a bit rough and very washboard. It is often passable to sedans. From Hwy 395 the access road is mostly paved and signed Death Valley Road. The access road from the south is called the Big Pine Road and is a long graded, gravel road recommended for high clearance 2WD vehicles. Road beyond dunes is high clearance 4WD to Saline Valley.

Greenwater Valley Road

High clearance 2WD. 28 mile graded, gravel road. From the north off Dante’s View Road the first two miles are slow and washboard. From the south end (Hwy 178) the road starts out fairly well but soon becomes washboard. No camping first two miles from either end.

Hidden Valley Road

High clearance 2WD. Approx. 20 miles of dirt road from Teakettle Junction to Hunter Mountain. Road through Hidden Valley and Ulida Flat is very washboard with deep dust in places and subject to flooding and standing water after rains. At the south end of Hidden Valley the road is steep and rough for approx. 1/4 mile. Note: Racetrack Road through Hidden Valley to Hunter Mountain and out to Hwy 190 is about a 120-mile trip. It is usually closed by snow at Hunter Mountain during the winter months.

Historic Stovepipe Wells Road

All vehicles. Short, dirt road off Scotty’s Castle Road, 3 miles north of Hwy 190. No camping, designated day use area. Keane Wonder Mine Road Most vehicles, limited parking at trailhead. 3 mile graded, gravel road, off Beatty Cut-Off Road. No camping.

Lee Flat Road

All vehicles. Accessed from southern Saline Valley Road, 8 miles north off Hwy 190. (take left fork in road). Washboard. Graded once a year by Inyo county. Passenger cars usually ok on main road but not on side roads.

Mahogany Flat Road

High clearance 2WD. 1.5 mile gravel road beyond the Charcoal Kilns Road. Thorndike Campground is the last turn-around point, then the road becomes rough, narrow and very steep. Road is often closed or impassable from mid-December to mid-April due to snow and ice. 4WD may be necessary at any time depending on weather and road conditions. Sedans risk damage to undercarriage from large rocks. Recommend low gear for steep downhill on return trip. Camp only in designated campgrounds.

Mosaic Canyon Road

All vehicles. 2.4 mile graded, gravel road. Access is off Hwy 190 just west of Stovepipe Wells. Washboard. Provides hiker access to Mosaic Canyon.

Mustard Canyon Road

All vehicles. Approx. 1.3 mile dirt road loop from Harmony Borax back to Hwy 190. Washboard.

Natural Bridge Road

All vehicles. 1.5 mile dirt road with some sections paved off Badwater Road. Road is steep and rough with many rocks. Provides hiker access to 15-minute walk to the Natural Bridge. No camping, day use only.

North Eureka Valley Road

High clearance 2WD. 8 miles of dirt and gravel road to park boundary off the Big Pine/Death Valley Road. High clearance 4WD often required to continue 12 miles north to Hwy 168.

Racetrack Valley Road

High clearance 2WD. 34 miles of loose gravel, washboard, some protruding rocks. Moderate and long uphill grade (2400' in 9 miles). Sedans, vans and campers do negotiate this road occasionally but are not recommended. Posted 4WD, high clearance due to changing road conditions and irregular maintenance. Flat tires are common on this road; be sure your spare is in good shape. No camping first two miles or from Teakettle Junction to the southern end of the Racetrack. Do not walk on the Racetrack when it is wet!

Saline Valley Road - South Pass

High clearance 2WD. Southern access from Hwy 190 to Lee Flat has been surfaced for 8 miles but is very potholed. From South Pass, road is graded gravel. May be closed in winter due to snow or ice. Approx. 50 miles from Hwy 190 to Warm Springs Road. Take left fork at South Pass; right fork goes up to Hunter Mountain. Both north and south pass roads often signed as “CLOSED” by Inyo County Road Department after floods or winter snows. Visitors going past closed signs “do so at their own risk”.

Saline Valley Road - North Pass

High clearance 2WD road that traverses higher mountain terrain (7000' North Pass) and is more frequently affected by winter weather. Washboard and rocks. Expect washouts during rain. Graded once per year. From the Big Pine Road it is approx. 30 miles to turnoff to warm springs road.

Salt Creek Road

All vehicles. 1.3 mile graded, dirt road off Hwy 190. Washboard. Subject to closure when wet and muddy. Provides access to Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. No camping, day use only.

Skidoo Road

High clearance 2WD. 11 mile gravel road off Emigrant Canyon Road is graded annually to Skidoo Town site (no visible remains of the town site). After the first 3 1/2 miles, grade increases with rocks protruding from the road surface. Caution is necessary for sedans to negotiate without risking undercarriage damage. After the climb the road is narrow and steep on one side with occasional rocks in the road. Beyond the town site, roads are not maintained. Roads subject to snow and mud conditions. Watch for other vehicles on blind curves. Two access roads to the mill are gated and locked. Access is by foot only. No camping, day use only.

Titus Canyon Road (one-way section)

High clearance 2WD. 26 mile one-way section starts off Nevada Hwy 374. Road surface varies from washboard to wash outs across the road that would cause 2WD vehicles or small trucks to become highcentered. RVs and campers are too large and unstable to travel safely. Red Pass grade is steep and narrow, with sharp switchbacks and protruding rocks and potholes. Road is often closed in winter due to snow or flooding. Sometimes has rough washboard the first four miles. No camping, day use only.

Titus Canyon Road (two-way section)

Most vehicles. 3 mile graded gravel, two-way road section off Scotty's Castle Road is rocky but passable to most sedans. No large RVs or trailers due to limited parking and turn around space at trailhead. Provides hiker access to Fall Canyon and the spectacular lower Titus Canyon narrows. No camping, day use only.

Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road

Most vehicles. 2.6 mile one-way dirt road off Hwy 190. No RVs, trailers or buses. Near the end, road climbs steeply, turns right and drops down suddenly. It is not as bad as it looks; shift to lowest gear and go ahead slowly. Do not turn around and drive the wrong way, but remain alert for people going the wrong way. Subject to closure when wet. No camping, day use only.

West Side Road

High clearance 2-wheel drive: 36-mile dirt road is graded annually. The road is heavy washboard much of the way with deep gravel and dust in places. No camping within 2 miles of the main road. High clearance 4-wheel drive when the Amargosa River is flowing. The Amargosa River occasionally floods and closes the road.
 

Unmaintained Dirt or 4WD Roads Rev. 10/16/06

Many backcountry dirt roads are not shown on the official park map and most remote road junctions are not signed. Travelers should possess a detailed backcountry road map such as the AAA Death Valley, Tom Harrison Recreation, or National Geographic/Trails Illustrated maps or Benchmark Atlas. These roads are subject to washouts after storms and may close or require chains in the winter.

Arrastre Springs Road

High clearance 4WD vehicles. 2 mile, dead-end dirt road off Butte Valley/Warm Springs Road. Very rocky. Artesian Well / Salt Marsh Road High clearance 2WD. Short dead-end road off Saline Valley Road. Access roads will be 4WD in winter.

Ashford Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first 2 miles; then high clearance 4WD last mile of this 2.8 mile dead-end dirt road off the southern Badwater Road. Do not drive beyond the top of the alluvial fan or into Ashford Canyon.

Barker Ranch Road

High clearance 4WD. Short dead-end dirt road off Goler Canyon Road in the southern Panamint Mtns.

Black Magic Mine / Owlshead Mountains Viewpoint Road

High clearance 4WD. 5 mile dead-end dirt road off Owls Hole Spring Road. Steep and rocky.

Buckwheat Wash Road

High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dead-end road off Ibex Springs Road. Rough with deep gravel and sand.

Butte Valley / Warm Springs Canyon Road

High clearance, 2WD vehicles first 10 miles to Warm Springs mine, then high clearance 4WD the next 12 miles to Butte Valley. High clearance 4WD is required to enter/exit through Goler Canyon. Spur roads in area: Gold Hill, Willow Springs, Redlands Canyon, and Arrastre Spring. No camping first 2 miles from West Side Road. Rough 4x4 high clearance over Mengel Pass.

Chloride Cliff Road

High clearance 4WD. The first 12 miles of dirt road from the park boundary are high clearance 2WD. Rough in spots. Last 2 miles into Chloride City require high clearance 4WD to avoid exposed rocks and uneven road surface. From Daylight Pass (mile marker 10.1), high clearance 2WD first mile to Monarch Canyon spur road, then high clearance 4WD required the next 10 miles of rough road to Chloride City. Most of the little-used spur roads in the Chloride Cliff area require 4WD. No camping first 2 miles from Daylight Pass Road.

Confidence Wash / American Mine Access Road (starts in Bradbury Wash then provides access to upper Confidence Wash)

High clearance 2WD. 1.7 mile dead-end dirt road off southern Badwater Road. No camping.

Cottonwood Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first 8 miles, then high clearance 4WD next 10.5 miles. Soft sand, washboarded, and rough rocky areas on first 8 miles to the mouth of canyon. Some sedans make the first section but it is not recommended. Often a steep drop into wash at canyon mouth. Very rocky with deep gravel on 4WD section. Washed out and severely eroded the last ½ mile. No camping first 8 miles. Road washed out the last 2 miles.

Cowhorn Valley Road

High clearance 2WD. 2 mile dead-end road off the northern end of the Saline Valley Road. No camping.

Currie Well / Bullfrog Mine

High clearance 4WD. Several dirt roads north and west out of Rhyolite eventually connect to Phinney Canyon Road. Beware of nails near mine sites.

Deadman Pass Road

High clearance 2WD to Deadman Pass off Greenwater Valley Road, then high clearance 4WD required to Hwy 127. Travel is slow to Deadman Pass as the road crosses many drainages. The last 1.5 miles to Hwy 127 are in deep, loose gravel.

Echo Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD 10 miles to roads end, one mile behond the Inyo Mine. A rocky spot at the 3 mile point stops low to mid-clearance vehicles. The road beyond this has loose gravel and exposed rocks which will require 4WD for traction. Upper Echo Canyon spur road to Lee’s Camp is not recommended except for shortwheel base 4WD vehicles (CCJ-5 or smaller). See Lee’s Camp road for details. No camping first 2 miles or at Inyo Mine.

Eureka Valley Well Site Road

High clearance 4WD. Dirt road angles west 1.5 mi. off the Eureka Dunes Road to join at old well site (dry). Very rough and not recommended unless being used for access to smaller dunes in western Eureka Valley.

Eureka Valley Overlook Road

High clearance 4WD. 2-mile dead-end road off Big Pine / Death Valley Road near Crater Mine. Steep & rocky.

Furnace Road

High clearance 2WD spur road off of the Greenwater Valley Road. 3.4 miles to the townsite of Furnace, then another ½ mile to an old mine, road becomes 4WD and ends in another ¼ mile on top of the ridge with views of the Panamint Mtns. A 5-mile 4WD spur road to the north dead ends at the base of Coffin Peak.

Galena Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD vehicles. 5.5 mile dead-end dirt road off southern West Side Road. Watch for large rocks. This is a slow going, rock-jarring road with lots of metal, nails, etc. at mine camp area. Short spur roads at end require 4WD. No camping first 2 miles.

Giant Mine Road

High Clearance 2WD. 4 miles dead-end dirt road off Hwy 127. Ends at active mine on BLM land.

Gold Hill Road

High Clearance 4WD. 2 mile dead-end dirt road off Butte Valley/ Warm Springs Road. Very rough.

Gold Valley Road

High clearance 2WD for the first 7 miles from the Greenwater Valley Road, then high clearance 4WD as the wash narrows and tops out at a 4,400' pass overlooking Gold Valley. After 12 miles it ends near Willow Springs. There is a lot of vegetation in the middle of these roads.

Goler Canyon Road (Goler Wash)

High clearance 4WD. Rough dirt road off Wingate Road south of Ballart. Provides eastern access to park and Butte Valley from southern Panamint Valley. Sometimes impassable at dry falls after flooding. Entrance from Panamint Valley to park boundary graded by Inyo County in late 2005.

Greenwater / Furnace Connecting Road

High clearance 2WD for both north and south access points off of Greenwater Valley Road. Spur roads in the area require high clearance 4WD. Provides access to mining camp sites of Furnace, Greenwater, & Kuntze.

Grotto Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first mile, then high clearance 4WD last mile. Access is via Hwy 190, 2.3 miles east of Stovepipe Wells. Deep gravel in wash bottom. No camping, day use only.

Hanaupah Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first 5 miles to top of alluvial fan, then high clearance 4WD last 3 miles to end of road. Very rocky and rough in the canyon. In spring, road may cross water the last 1 mile. No camping first 2 miles. Last three miles rough 4x4 high clearance due to wash outs. Do not drive through flowing water.

Harry Wade Road

High clearance 2WD. 24 mile dirt road from Badwater Road to southern park boundary. Muddy areas develop quickly during times of heavy rainfall. When the Amargosa River is flowing it is 4WD high clearance or occasionally impassable. No camping first 2 miles.

Hole in the Wall Road

High clearance 4WD first 4 miles to the “Hole”, then very difficult to follow the next 2 mile to the road’s end due to deep gravel. The road is rough and slow going. At the end, a short spur road leads uphill to an abandoned rock quarry. It can be difficult to turn around at the end of this spur. No camping first 2 miles. Last 2 miles very rough 4WD high clearance.

Hooligan Mine Road/ McDonald Spring

High clearance 4WD to Hooligan Mine and McDonald Spring spur in the Nevada triangle. Rangers report that washouts in 2001 before the junction makes access to both very difficult.

Hunter Cabin Road

High clearance 2WD. Short dead-end dirt road off Hunter Mountain Road. Overgrown vegetation may scratch vehicles. Access road may be 4WD in winter or spring. Hunter Mountain Road High clearance 4WD. Dirt road is often impassable in winter (Nov.-March) due to ice and snow. Expect mud when wet. Carry chains. Limited signs at intersections. Key trouble spots are Jackass Spring on west side and climb from Goldbelt on east side.

Ibex Springs Road

High clearance 2WD first 2.8 miles, then high clearance 4WD the last 2.3 miles to the springs and old mining site. Road turns off Hwy 127 south of Ibex Pass. Washed out and now very rough beyond 3 mile point. Ibex Valley Road High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dirt road connecting Saratoga Springs Road with Ibex Springs Road. Loose gravel and deep sand makes 4WD with a low gear a must.

Indian Pass Road

High clearance 4WD. Dirt road provides access to top of Indian Pass from Nevada. Good map necessary.

Jackass Flat Road

High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dead-end dirt road off northern Saline Valley Road and Marble Canyon spur road. Very rough. Several short dead-end spur roads in area.

Jail Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dead-end dirt road off Indian Ranch Road into west side of Panamint Mountains. Very rough road to the mine site due to rocks and washouts.

Johnson Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first 6 miles to mouth of canyon, then high clearance 4WD the last 4 miles. Once in the wash travel becomes more difficult. Park before entering the last 0.1 mile of old roadway that is overgrown and very wet. No camping first 2 miles. Last 4 miles very rough 4WD. J. O. Mine / Ulida Flats Overlook Road High clearance 2WD first 3 miles to viewpoint, then high clearance 4WD last 2 miles to mine site. Dead-end dirt road off Hunter Mountain Road.

Keeler Mine / Ubehebe Talc Mine Road

High Clearance 4WD. Dirt road loop off southern Hiddden Valley Road. Kunze Loop Spur Road High clearance 4WD. 5 mile loop off of the Greenwater/Furnace connecting road to site of Kunze mining camp. Three side roads all loop back east to the north/south trending Greenwater/Furnace connecting road.

Lake Hill Road (Big Four Mine)

High clearance 2WD first 6 miles off Hwy 190, then washed out the last mile to mine site. Some vans and SUVs can carefully negotiate the 6 miles of bumpy dirt road to the Panamint Dunes hiking pull-off. No camping the first 2 miles.

Last Chance Spring Road

High clearance 2WD. 2.8 mile dead-end dirt road to spring north of Crankshaft Junction off the Tule Canyon and Big Pine Road. May be inaccessible or require 4WD with chains in winter due to snow.

Lee’s Camp Road

High clearance 2WD to Lee’s Camp from Nevada. High clearance 4WD with short-wheel base beyond Lee’s Camp to upper Echo Canyon (CCJ-5 or smaller). Even the best drivers may do some damage going over the dry fall. There is one section that is so tight that a small 4WD can barely get through. Travel along this old road is not recommended unless part of a vehicle caravan. Rangers cannot reach you if help is needed.

Lemoigne Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 4.4 mile dirt road is extremely rough crossing an alluvial fan with numerous washes. The old road up the canyon is closed beyond the 4.4 mile point. No camping first 2 miles.

Lippincott Road

High clearance 4WD with experienced drivers highly recommended. Connects the Racetrack Road with Saline Valley. Very steep, narrow, winding, and rough with cliff edge washouts. Maintained only to 4WD standards. Uphill traffic has the right of way. In the lower part there is a very narrow section that is difficult for wide vehicles. Subject to closure after washouts from heavy rains.

Lost Burro Mine Road

High clearance 4WD. 1 mile dead-end dirt road off Hidden Valley Road. Very rough and washed out.

Marble Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 3 mile dead-end dirt road off Cottonwood Canyon Road. Loose gravel stretches and large rocks. Do not drive beyond where the canyon narrows. Very rough due to flooding (1/05/06).

Minnietta Road (east)

High clearance 2WD. Dirt road opposite the main Minnietta Road off Panamint Valley Road. 2 miles to junction with a road north to Hwy 190 and a dead-end spur south which becomes high clearance 4WD.

Nelson Range / Saline Valley Overlook Road

High clearance 4WD. 5 mile dead-end dirt road off Lee Flat Road. Actually the northern of two spur roads angling east off Lee Flat Road. Not bad at beginning but rough and rocky last mile.

Oriental Wash Road / Little Sand Spring

High clearance 4WD. Approx. 4 mile dirt road east off Big Pine / Death Valley Road past Little Sand Spring to park boundary. In Nevada road connects to Gold Point and Hwy 266. Deep sand and gravel on the Nevada side.

Owls Hole Spring / Microwave Road

High clearance 2WD. 30 mile, dead-end dirt road. Road becomes rougher after the first 6 miles. Road ends at abandoned microwave relay station.

Phinney Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first 25 miles off Hwy 95, then high clearance 4WD the last 3 miles. 4WD section is very steep and narrow in places because of tree branches and rock fall. Last 2 miles impassable in winter due to deep snow. Road goes to the crest of the Grapevine Range. No vehicle travel into the canyon on the western side.

Pinyon Mesa Road

High clearance 4WD. 2 mile dead-end dirt road south off the Charcoal Kilns Road. No camping, day use only.

Pleasant Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. Dirt road off Indian Ranch Road into west side of Panamints. Extremely rough with washouts and large boulders. Provides a loop with South Park Canyon Road.

Queen of Sheba / Carbonite Road

High clearance 4WD. Approx. 4 mile dead-end dirt road off West Side Road. Slow going. Numerous nails around mining area, carry spare tire. No camping first 2 miles.

Quackenbush Mine Loop Road / Goldbelt Spring

High clearance 4WD. Short loop road off Hidden Valley Road with 3-mile walk up old washed out road to Muletail Talc Mine. Steep and rocky. Short spur road to Goldbelt Spring is high clearance 2WD.

Redlands Canyon Road (upper)

High clearance 4WD. 4 mile dead-end dirt road off Butte Valley Road.

Rhodes Cabin & Spring and upper Rhodes wash

High clearance 2WD. 1.2 mile dead-end dirt road off southern Badwater Road is hard packed but has numerous drainage ditches that make travel slow. Road ends at the cabin. A short 1.3 mile dead end spur angles northeast into upper Rhodes wash from near the beginning of this road. No camping along road.

Saline Valley Warm Springs Spur Road

High clearance 2WD. 7 mile dirt access road to warm springs off Saline Valley Road. May be impassible after heavy rains. Road beyond springs to Steel Pass and Eureka Valley requires high clearance 4WD.

Saratoga Springs Road

High clearance 2WD. 3.6 mile dead-end dirt road starts 5.8 miles west of Hwy 127 off the Harry Wade Road. Road is in fairly good shape, but be prepared for some washboard. Amargosa River crossing will be high clearance 4WD or impassable when the river is flowing.

South Park Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. Dirt road off Indian Ranch Road, 2 canyons south of Pleasant Canyon into west side of Panamints. Bridge allows for loop from South Park to Pleasant Canyon. See Pleasant Canyon for decent details.

Spanish Spring Road

High clearance 2WD. 1 mile dead-end dirt road off J. O. Mine Road.

Steel Pass/Corridor Road

High clearance 4WD. 20 mile dirt road is very rugged and requires 4WD, high clearance all the way. Must be able to climb narrow, sharp dry falls. Sidewall cuts to tires possible so carry multiple spares. Not gradedmaintained by hand tools. Connects Saline Valley with Eureka Valley. Easier travel from north to south.

Strozzi Ranch Road

High clearance 2WD. 7 mile dead-end dirt road off Phinney Canyon Road in Nevada Triangle area of park. Rough spots with dips from minor washing. Short sections of soft sand in places. 4WD high clearance needed in winter with snow closures and lots of mud at lower elevations possible.

Trail Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first 4 miles to top of the alluvial fan, then high clearance 4WD on last 5.5 miles. Passage is slow going with many large rocks. Right fork ends in approx. ¼ mile, left fork ends in approx. 1 mile. Mining ruins 9 miles in. No camping first 2 miles. Last 3 miles heavily eroded by winter rains. (4/29/05).

Tuber Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 4-mile dead-end dirt road off Lower Wildrose Canyon Road. Rough and seldom used.

Tule Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dirt road off Big Pine / Death Valley Road at Crankshaft Crossing continues through Tule Canyon to Gold Point and Hwy 266 in Nevada. Road. Rough with deep sand in places.

Tucki Mountain / Tucki Mine Road

High clearance, 4WD. 10 mile dead-end dirt road off Emigrant Canyon Road. Large rocks, drop-offs, gravel, and 3 dry falls that are 3-4' high. Provides hikers access to Tucki Mountain. No camping first 2 miles.

Ubehebe Lead Mine / Corridor Canyon Access Road

High clearance 2WD. Short dead-end road off Racetrack Road.

Virgin Springs Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD. Short, 1.3 mile dead-end dirt road off Hwy 178 near Jubilee Pass. Provides hiker access to Virgin Springs Canyon. Loose gravel most of the way to end. No camping.

White Top Mountain Road

High clearance 4WD. 10 mile dead-end dirt road off Hidden Valley Road. Passable to high clearance 2WD first 5 miles, then high clearance 4WD because of 3 relatively small dry falls, 12-24". Travel beyond Burro Spring Jct. not recommended when wet or snow covered during winter.

Willow Spring Road / Upper Anvil Springs Canyon

High clearance 4WD. Short, 1.5 mile dead-end dirt road off of Butte Valley Road.

Wood Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD first ½ mile to Argenta Mine off Emigrant Canyon Road, then high clearance 4WD last 2.5 miles to end. No camping, day use only.

Roads Outside Death Valley National Park Boundary

Ballarat / Indian Ranch Road

All vehicles. 15 mile graded gravel, county maintained dirt road off Panamint Valley Road. May be washboarded. Town of Ballarat is privately owned.

Beveridge Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD. 1.5 mile dead-end road off Saline Valley Road provides access to canyon.

Cerro Gordo Road

High clearance 2WD from the west off Hwy 136 and high clearance 4WD from the east off Lee Flat Road. Steep and inaccessible from the east in winter without chains.

Crater Mine Road

High clearance 4WD. Dirt road off the Big Pine/Death Valley Road on north side of Crater Mine. Road splits into 3 spurs. North spur ends at old sulfur mine, center spur ends at overlook of northern Death Valley, and southern spur ends at old mine.

Cucomungo Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 13 mile dirt road along northern park boundary to Hwy 266 in Nevada.

Happy Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. 2 mile dead-end road off Indian Ranch Road. Washed out in narrows 1/2 mile up the canyon. Moderate 4WD up to narrows then steep rock, extreme 4WD.

Hunter Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD. 1 mile dead-end road off Saline Valley Road provides hikers access to Hunter Canyon.

Jackpot Canyon Road

High clearance 4WD. Dead-end dirt road north of Pleasant Canyon Road. Ends at mill/mine site.

Lee Mine Road

High clearance 2WD. Short dead-end road off Saline Valley Road, 6 miles off Hwy 190.

Petro Road / Terry Mine Road

High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dead-end dirt road off Hwy 127 provides access to lower Greenwater Canyon.

Rhyolite Road

All vehicles. 1 mile paved, then dirt through ghost town off Nevada Hwy 374. Side roads into hills require high clearance 4WD.

Surprise Canyon Road

High clearance 2WD. 4 mile dead-end dirt road off Indian Ranch Road to Chris Wicht Camp (burned down 2006). Remnants of old 4WD road beyond Chris Wicht has been closed by the BLM and the NPS to protect riparian resources. Camping is not advised at Chris Wicht camp but hikers can park there. Panamint City is a combination of public and private land.

Last updated: September 6, 2018

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Death Valley, CA 92328

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