Death Valley National Park For OHV Driving

The 9th most popular off-highway vehicle trail in California.

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email

Death Valley National Park has a wide range of OHV routes. They are open to all licensed OHV vehicles. Many backcountry dirt roads are not shown on the official park map and most remote road junctions are not signed. Travelers should possess a detailed backcountry road map such as the AAA Death Valley, Tom Harrison Recreation, or National Geographic/Trails Illustrated maps or Benchmark Atlas. These roads are subject to washouts after storms and may close or require chains in the winter.

Arrastre Springs Road - High clearance 4WD vehicles. 2 mile, dead-end dirt road off Butte Valley/Warm Springs Road. Very rocky.

Artesian Well / Salt Marsh Road - High clearance 2WD. Short dead-end road off Saline Valley Road. Access roads will be 4WD in winter.

Ashford Canyon Road - High clearance 2WD first 2 miles; then high clearance 4WD last mile of this 2.8 mile dead-end dirt road off the southern Badwater Road. Do not drive beyond the top of the alluvial fan or into Ashford Canyon.

Barker Ranch Road - High clearance 4WD. Short dead-end dirt road off Goler Canyon Road in the southern Panamint Mtns.

Black Magic Mine / Owlshead Mountains Viewpoint Road - High clearance 4WD. 5 mile dead-end dirt road off Owls Hole Spring Road. Steep and rocky.

Buckwheat Wash Road - High clearance 4WD. 6 mile dead-end road off Ibex Springs Road. Rough with deep gravel and sand.

Butte Valley / Warm Springs Canyon Road - High clearance, 2WD vehicles first 10 miles to Warm Springs mine, then high clearance 4WD the next 12 miles to Butte Valley. High clearance 4WD is required to enter/exit through Goler Canyon. Spur roads in area: Gold Hill, Willow Springs, Redlands Canyon, and Arrastre Spring. No camping first 2 miles from West Side Road. Rough 4x4 high clearance over Mengel Pass.

Chloride Cliff Road - High clearance 4WD. The first 12 miles of dirt road from the park boundary are high clearance 2WD. Rough in spots. Last 2 miles into Chloride City require high clearance 4WD to avoid exposed rocks and uneven road surface. From Daylight Pass (mile marker 10.1), high clearance 2WD first mile to Monarch Canyon spur road, then high clearance 4WD required the next 10 miles of rough road to Chloride City. Most of the little-used spur roads in the Chloride Cliff area require 4WD. No camping first 2 miles from Daylight Pass Road.

Cottonwood Canyon Road - High clearance 2WD first 8 miles, then high clearance 4WD next 10.5 miles. Soft sand, washboarded, and rough rocky areas on first 8 miles to the mouth of canyon. Some sedans make the first section but it is not recommended. Often a steep drop into wash at canyon mouth. Very rocky with deep gravel on 4WD section. Washed out and severely eroded the last ½ mile. No camping first 8 miles. Road washed out the last 2 miles.

Deadman Pass Road - High clearance 2WD to Deadman Pass off Greenwater Valley Road, then high clearance 4WD required to Hwy 127. Travel is slow to Deadman Pass as the road crosses many drainages. The last 1.5 miles to Hwy 127 are in deep, loose gravel.

Echo Canyon Road - High clearance 4WD 10 miles to roads end, one mile behond the Inyo Mine. A rocky spot at the 3 mile point stops low to mid-clearance vehicles. The road beyond this has loose gravel and exposed rocks which will require 4WD for traction. Upper Echo Canyon spur road to Lee's Camp is not recommended except for short-wheel base 4WD vehicles (CCJ-5 or smaller). See Lee’s Camp road for details. No camping first 2 miles or at Inyo Mine.

Furnace Road - High clearance 2WD spur road off of the Greenwater Valley Road. 3.4 miles to the townsite of Furnace, then another ½ mile to an old mine, road becomes 4WD and ends in another ¼ mile on top of the ridge with views of the Panamint Mtns. A 5-mile 4WD spur road to the north dead ends at the base of Coffin Peak.

NOTE: High Clearance Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Vehicles - A high clearance 4WD vehicle is defined as a SUV or truck type vehicle, with at least 15 inch tire rims or more, with a low gear transfer case, designed for heavier type use than a standard passenger vehicle, with at least 8 inches of clearance or more from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential, to the ground, also including a means to mechanically power both, front and real wheels at the same time. AAA and other towing insurance may not be valid on backcountry dirt roads. Typical towing charges for

remote areas within Death Valley National Park range from $250 to $1000 dollars or more. High Clearance Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Roads are unmaintained roads where a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel- drive, driven by a driver

experienced in 4WD drive techniques, can drive the road without getting stuck. All 4WD roads may be rocky, with deep sand or gravel and steep hills.

Overall, Death Valley National Park is the 9th most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 100 OHV routes in California.


Local Contact(s):  DVNP (760) 786-2331; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "Guide To California Backroads Trails" from Charles Wells

Recommended Map:  "Death Valley National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Oct. - Mar.

Luxury Loding:  Furnace Creek Inn (800) 678-8946

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Death Valley National Park For OHV Driving

GPS:  36.60694, -117.14662

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  7/12/2016

ID:  19628

© 1997-2019 · TRAILSOURCE.COM All Rights Reserved.

Death Valley National Park OHV Driving Map


Our one-step registration gives you instant, unlimited access to all of our printable trail guides for ALL sports in ALL regions worldwide.

For OHV driving at Death Valley National Park in California, our printable trail guides offers trail descriptions, maps, lodging suggestions, driving directions, levels of difficulty and points-of-contact.