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Titus Canyon

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Road map of the Titus Canyon area.


Titus Canyon is accessible by a 27-mile, one-way, dirt road that begins about 35 northeast of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or six miles southwest of Beatty, Nevada. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. The road is often closed due to snow, mud, or debris, so be sure to check on road conditions before you begin. It is also possible to walk into the Titus Canyon Narrows from the western end, located 35 miles north of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Suggestions for your visit

A trip through Titus Canyon offers rugged mountain scenery, colorful rock formations, a ghost town, petroglyphs, wildlife, and spectacular canyon narrows. Many interesting hikes-such as Titanothere Canyon and Thimble Peak-are accessible from the Titus Canyon Road. From the Amargosa Valley, the road climbs into the Grapevine Mountains up to Red Pass. At 5,280 feet, this pass offers grand views. Descending from the saddle, the road passes the ghost town of Leadfield, which still contains a few shacks and a number of mines. Below Leadfield, the road enters the main fork of Titus Canyon, and rugged cliffs rise high above the gravel wash. This is one of the best areas in the park to look for the elusive bighorn sheep. Native American rock art near Klare Spring indicates that people as well as wildlife have always been attracted to precious water in the desert. In the final section of canyon, the towering walls are less than 20 feet apart, and shattered carbonate breccias form striking mosaic patterns in the lower walls.

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Telephone: (760) 786-3200

Death Valley National Park
PO Box 579
Death Valley, California 92328

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