Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park

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P.O. Box 579 Death Valley, California 92328 760-786-3200

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    Titus Canyon Road

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 9, 2014

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    Titus Canyon Road is a one way dirt road that starts just outside the east side of the park on Rt 374 and exits on Scotty's Castle road. This is a beautiful canyon that cuts its way through the Grapevine Mountains in Death Valley.

    An important thing to mention here first is you must have a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle. While the pictures above seem to be a smooth dirt road, many sections are steep and rocky that a passenger vehicle would not be able to pass.

    The road takes 2 to 3 hours to drive. Along the way are many abandoned mines. All have been sealed up but still identifiable and you can look in but not enter. Also along the way is the Ghost town, Leadfield. An interesting place to wonder around for a bit. Past this point the road deepens into the canyon and the canyon walls move in and becomes very narrow and windy. It is an exhilarating drive.

    At one point the canyon opens slighting and there is an area that has several pictographs. The road winds out and toward the end the road becomes two way when you exit the canyon. This allows access to the Fall Canyon Trailhead.

    I highly recommend renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle to explore this canyon and others in Death Valley.

    My Jeep I rented.  Clearance was high enough.
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    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Titus canyon is very impressive and you can drive it. Some parts are very narrow but there were a lot of cactus which were in flowers when we visited. See my flowers, many of the cactus were shot in Titus canyon.

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    Titus Canyon

    by Andraf Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    The one-way dirt road that goes through Titus Canyon starts at Hwy. 374 in the Nevada desert. The road is 28 miles long and is suitable only for four-wheel-drive vehicles or vehicles with high clearance. Do follow this indication, the road is in really bad shape and you can damage your car (not talking about getting stuck there and blocking everyone that comes behind you). It's one of the most spectacular drives in the park, with gorgeous narrows, twisted rock formations, indian petroglyphs and an interesting geology. Near the beginning of Titus Canyon lies the ghost town of Leadfield which experienced a short mining boom of about 6 months in 1925.

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    by sspagna Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Titus Canyon has it all - rugged mountains, colorful rock formations, a ghost town, petroglyphs, wildlife and spectacular narrows. The 27 mile drive through the canyon is one-way from the east. The dirt road is rough, steep and narrow. Although a 4x4 is recommended, most standard vehicles with high clearance should have no problems if you take it slow.

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    Titus Canyon

    by Tom_Fields Updated May 1, 2007

    This is the only canyon accessible to motor vehicles. Its spectacular walls make it one of Death Valley's major attractions. Whether you hike or drive, be careful to watch for oncoming traffic.

    Titus Canyon Just follow this road It goes on and on... More scenery And more...
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    Jul 2, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    The direction given in the auto post information takes you into the canyon from the west of the road. This is the 2 way section and will not be able to go further. To access Titus Canyon road you have to drive out of the park to the east. The road will be on the left. If you hit Rhyolite you went too far. If you are coming from Beatty, the road is on the right just after Rhyolite.

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