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Death Valley National Park: Backcountry Roads:

Chloride City

Route #3
    Vehicle needed:
    high-clearance first 2 miles, 4x4 required beyond

    Distance:
    14 miles

    Start:
    3.4 miles east of Hell's Gate on Daylight Pass Road

    Camping: yes, after first 2 miles

    Description:
    One of the earliest sites of mining in Death Valley can be reached via a loop drive. Two miles from the Daylight Pass Road is Monarch Canyon where the road becomes deeply rutted. The side road to Chloride City and Chloride Cliff beyond climbs steeply to the right at 5.3 miles. Loop back to the paved road an easier way by continuing northeast down the road from the Chloride City junction.

Photos of Chloride City & Chloride Cliff

In 1871, August Franklin killed a snake, looked down and found some rich looking float. He and his partners ...

Mining History

The oldest mine on the east side of Death Valley National Monument, and one of the oldest within the entire ...

Geology of Chloride Cliff

Within the canyon prior to the junction, you are traveling through the late Proterozoic Stirling quartzite. ...

Funeral Mountains/Greenwater Valley Ecosubsection

The predominant natural plant communities on fans are Desert-holly series and, higher up the fans, Creosote bush series. ...



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