The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop

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The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop
Death Valley National Park, California

I usually do a little more research, but for some reason I went into my Death Valley trip pretty unprepared so on our first day, I stopped into the ranger station and simply asked, “If you had time to do one hike, and one hike only, what would it be?” I don’t remember what he said, because he mentioned some trail at the complete opposite end of the park, three hours away…. So when I then asked what hike he wouldn’t miss in the area (Furnace Creek), he said, “Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch.”

I was hesitant because he also said it’s one of the more popular hikes in the park and I hesitated even more when I couldn’t even find a parking spot in the trailhead parking lot. I hate people…

That being said, it was awesome. A nice, relatively mellow 5-mile loop through the Badlands below Zabriskie Point that we had been staring at the night before. Having also seen Star Wars more times than I’d like to admit, I loved it even more knowing that a bunch of scenes were filmed throughout the canyons…

Golden Canyon

Golden Canyon Gower Gulch Death Valley National Park California

Gower Gulch

Golden Canyon Gower Gulch Death Valley National Park California

Golden Canyon Gower Gulch Death Valley National Park California

Golden Canyon Gower Gulch Death Valley National Park California

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