Just up the road from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park, there is a canyon that can be experienced right from the driver’s seat. This 2.8-mile one-way dirt road is well maintained and passable in any car or truck.
The road leads into and across a picturesque Death Valley landscape of canyons and badlands. The scenery is impressive, plus the kids in the backseat can play a game of who-can-spot-the-most-borax-mine-shafts along the way. This is a fun terrain to cross in your car and an easy side trip for those driving to Dante’s View.
The end of Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road
Trivia note: The famed twenty mule team wagons that brought Borax from Death Valley to the rail lines to the south (in what is now Mojave National Preserve) did not actually pass through Twenty Mule Team Canyon.
To get to Twenty Mule Team Canyon: From Furnace Creek, drive 5 miles southeast on Highway 190 (One mile past Zabriskie Point). A road sign for Twenty Mule Team Canyon points to the west (right). Turn here and start the drive. After 2.8 miles, Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road ends up back on Highway 190.
Address: 20 Mule Team Road, Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA 92328
Twenty Mule Team Canyon coordinates: 36.409506, -116.794671 (36° 24′ 34.22″N 116° 47′ 40.81″W)
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