Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley National Park

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    Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    by Andraf Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley

    Close to Zabriskie Point, on the way to Dante's View is the Twenty Mule Team Canyon. A one-way unpaved 2.9 miles road runs through the canyon, allowing one to enjoy the undulating muddy hills visible from Zabriskie Point. These hills where once high in borax which was mined in the early 20C.

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    by mikelisaanna Written May 7, 2006

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    The dirt road through Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    Twenty Mule Team Canyon is a small canyon that winds its way through the badlands near Zabriskie Point. You can drive through it on a 3-mile long graded dirt road that is a relatively easy drive for anyone with an SUV.

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    20 Mule Canyon

    by sabe Written Apr 26, 2003

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    Rocky

    A track that goes paralell with the main road, with amazing rock formations, soft and smooth. Not for anything larger than a pickup. The road is in good condition but it has some sharp turns where large cars will have problems.

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    Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    by goingsolo Written Jan 9, 2005

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    For those willing to sacrifice the shocks on their vehicle, or those willing to disregard the warnings of their rental car company, this short drive is worth the effort. I lack an affinity for driving on gravel, but I've found my rental car company to be particularly forgiving of minor and not so minor transgressions, so this decision was a no brainer for me.

    The 3 mile gravel road seems to take forever to traverse, or, perhaps that was just my fear of accelerating, lest I lose my shock absorbers or my lunch in their entirety. But, all discomfort aside, the views along this spur road are some of Death Valley's finest. The barren badlands stretch endlessly and their lack of color is surprisingly beautiful.

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    Twenty Mule Team Canyon drive

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 9, 2014

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    This is a one way dirt road that veers off Route 190 and winds through the Badland Hills. The road is narrow and twists and turns through colorful hills. There are a few pull offs for pictures but don't stop in the middle of the road and get out to take pictures. The turns are tight and someone could come around a corner and hit you or your car.

    Definitely a worthwhile drive if you are down Zabriskie Point.

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    20 Mule Team Canyon

    by annk Written Nov 29, 2003

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    20 Mule Team Canyon

    A 4.5 mile dirt road that meanders around picturesque, whitish mudhills. One of the areas where the mule teams hauled borax from 1882 to 1890.

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    Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 19, 2010

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    We took the car through the unpaved, one way track, that is the twenty Mule Team Canyon.

    Things were hotting up, temperature wise, and so we didn't venture too far from the car.

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