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Death Valley National Park: Backcountry Roads:

Cottonwood and Marble Canyons

Route #9
    Vehicle needed:
    high-clearance first 8 miles, 4x4 recommended beyond

    Distance:
    13 miles Marble Canyon; 16 miles Cottonwood Canyon

    Start:
    east of the Stovepipe Wells airstrip

    Camping:
    yes, after first 8 miles

    Description:
    For the first 8 miles, the road crosses Mesquite Flat and climbs a broad alluvial fan before reaching the canyon mouth. The road drops into the wash and becomes rocky and rough. One mile past the end of the first narrows, a side road leads up to Marble Canyon. Hikers can continue up the canyon beyond road’s end to see some of the finest canyon narrows in the park. Two miles beyond road's end up Cottonwood Canyon is a flowing stream lined with cottonwood trees.


Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop Hike

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