The Golden Canyon in Death Valley National Park is probably the most famous hike in the park, and for good reason.
As you hike along these gorgeous badlands, layers of color begin to unfold that change dramatically throughout the day’s different lighting conditions. It’s one of the most unique hikes I’ve ever done and having hiked it twice, I’ve got lots of tips to share with you on how to have an amazing Golden Canyon hike:
1. When to Hike the Golden Canyon
Death Valley National Park is not a summertime destination, at least in my opinion. The hottest temperature ever recorded was in Death Valley at 134°F, or 56.7°C.
I’ve only ever hiked it in January and December, and even then it felt warm.
Each time I’ve started with several layers and shed all but the base throughout the day as it went from sunrise to midday, so