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“What a blast !!”
Review of Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon
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Owner description: Perhaps the most memorable thing about this Death Valley canyon is the trip you'll take to it.
Torrance, California
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“What a blast !!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We devoted an entire day to this feature of the park and so thankful we did. From the Red Pass to the slot canyon at the exit, it was non-stop adventure and inspiration. What sets this place apart is that it is not overrun by tourists by virtue of the fact that you have to actively set aside a chuck of your day just to get to the entrance of this area. It is also highly recommended that you drive a study truck, SUV, or 4-wheel drive to navigate the washboard road in some areas. (Although we did see a few people beating up their poor low-clearance rental cars!) I highly recommend this drive, but take your time as scenic pullouts and a number of mines await your discovery.

Visited April 2014
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Massapequa, New York, Usa
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“Offroad must do”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This is the best canyon trip in the valley.Rent a jeep and go to Titus canyon.The road starts in the desert but soon has you climb up over a mountian with switchbacks and great views. There are no guide rails and its one way so the dirt road is narrow .You then decend into a valley and then the canyon. There are many different types of things to see. Take lunch and stop often to look and explore you will not be disappointed. I have done this on both a motorcycle and a jeep many times.The light different times of day make this a different ride each time. The reason for renting a jeep and not using your own car is the rocks may cut your tires. The rental jeeps have heavy duty off road tires.Stop by the rental place and see the many cut tires for your self its cheaper to rent than have to buy a new tire.

Visited April 2014
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Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Worth it.”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Definitely need high clearance vehicle and maybe 4WD - but its worth it. Just remember that it's ONE way. Goes by the ghost town of Leadville. Great side trip

Visited January 2014
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Death Valley National Park, California
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10 reviews
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“Beautiful Narrow Canyon... Beware of cars”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

This trail isnt really a trail as much as it is a one lane road that comes in between canyon walls. Hiking up the canyon from the parking lot at the mouth means having to get to the side of the canyon to let the cars go by.

Visited June 2014
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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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33 reviews
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“The highpoint of our Death Valley Trip”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

To experience the entire 27 mile drive, you enter on the Nevada side just past the ghost town or Rhyolite. Since you’re so close, Rhyolite should be a stop as well.

The first part of the drive is on a slightly washboard dirt road which is one way only. Oh, and a note about vehicles. I drove my Jeep Wrangler and never once got out of 2 wheel drive, though my off road tires and added clearance made things pretty easy. There were some European kids in a couple of rented cars that would pass us really moving. Sooner or later we’d pass them when they stopped, only to have them come barreling up from behind again and again. They made it through in their street cars okay so you can do it, but I really pity those two rental cars. They really beat them to death.

You gradually climb from the floor of the valley up into the hills, entering Death Valley itself while passing through some breathtaking scenery. We took our time and enjoyed the views. Eventually you come to the grade going up to Red Pass. Red Pass is 5500 feet in elevation, and the last mile or so is a pretty good grade with steep drop offs, a narrow trail with some tight turns. It didn’t bother me, but my wife kept her head buried in a pillow for a bit. This is the part that I think bothers some folk. I honestly didn’t think it was bad, and I’m admittedly not a fan of heights. But I trust my surefooted little Jeep.

After the pass, you descend down through some more scenic areas, through the little ghost mining camp of Leadfield, past some Indian petroglyph areas, and eventually to the actual entrance to Titus Canyon itself. The canyon runs through a gorge that is simply incredible, with the narrow trail surrounded by tall, shear walls of rock. I didn’t clock the length, but it must be at least a mile through the gorge.

Eventually you come out on the main road in Death Valley. I’d allow 4 hours for the trip, stopping here and there and just cruising along enjoying the view. And while the road conditions were easy when we were there, a little rain could radically change things. I can see the road easily becoming impassable to low clearance vehicles, especially if it goes without maintenance for any length of time.

It’s a trip well worth your time. Just make sure you have a good vehicle, water, spare tire(s) and whatnot. It really isn’t a place you want to get stranded.

Visited May 2014
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