Salt Creek Trail Death Valley National Park hike Salt Creek Interpretive Trail Death Valley California

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.

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Salt Creek Boardwalk
Looking down the boardwalk and Salt Creek

This short easy stroll is suitable for visitors of all abilities. You won’t find trees lining the banks of Salt Creek, only low-lying brush that the boardwalk rises above. A quarter mile up the level and easy trail bordering Salt Creek, you will come to a split. Turn left or right to go through the trail’s loop. Stick to the boardwalk and you can’t get lost. Salt Creek Trail is a 1-mile long lollipop loop with minimal elevation change.

Death Valley National Park has an entrance fee, but no permit is required to hike Salt Creek Trail, so get out and enjoy!

Salt Creek Trail Boardwalk
The top of the boardwalk along Salt Creek

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: 36.5906, -116.9906 (36° 35′ 26.2″N 116° 59′ 26.2″W)

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These photos were taken in November of 2009. Click to enlarge.
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Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 25 feet

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