Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is a level, 1-mile long boardwalk loop along what would be considered a pitiful creek anywhere outside of Death Valley National Park. Here it is extraordinary! The salinated stream is home to the Salt Creek Pupfish, a unique and bizarre creature that can survive in these harsh conditions. The small fish is most visible in these waters in the spring.
This short easy stroll is suitable for visitors of all abilities. There are no trees lining the banks of Salt Creek, only low-lying brush, which the boardwalk rises above. Stick to the boardwalk look and you can’t get lost. There is an entrance fee for Death Valley National Park, but no permit is required to hike Salt Creek Trail, so get out and enjoy!
To get to the trailhead: From Furnace Creek drive 13 miles northwest along Highway 190 and turn left down a marked dirt road for Salt Creek. Take this road for one mile until it ends at the trailhead.
Trailhead address: Unnamed Road off Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Trailhead coordinates: 36.590628, -116.990106
Use the map below to create your own directions to Salt Creek:
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