Thing to Do

Walnut Canyon Desert Drive

Photo showing Walnut Canyon Desert Drive meandering through the Chihuahuan Desert.
Walnut Canyon Desert Drive

NPS / Michael Larson

Explore the stories of ancient life, people of the past, and desert survival on a one hour scenic drive. Ask for a Walnut Canyon Desert Drive Guide at the visitor center.

The Walnut Canyon Desert Drive is a 9.5 mile (15 km) one-way, unpaved route.

The road is not maintained for low clearance vehicles and is closed to RVs, buses, and trailers.
Enjoy an overlook, desert plants, and wildlife.
Pets are permitted on the road only.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
About 0.5 mile (0.8 km) from the visitor center.
The road opens 1/2 before sunrise and closes 1/2 after sunset.
Accessibility Information
The road and pullouts are unpaved.

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Last updated: March 25, 2021