Titus Canyon Road

Beatty, Nevada (Nye County)

Last Updated: 03/24/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 26.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 5260 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Beatty
Nearest Town w/ Services: Beatty
Official Road Name: Titus Canyon Road
Management Agency: Death Valley National Park
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Highlights

Highlight: Titus Canyon Road
Titus Canyon Road is a spectacular off-road trail within Death Valley National Park guaranteed to please. It is no wonder this one-way trail attracts thousands of globetrotting visitors each year. The 27-mile long road plunges visitors into fossil-rich canyons, over mile-high passes on rocky shelf roads, through a ghost town, along petroglyph-filled walls, and culminates in the grand finale. Titus Canyon Road shrinks to one vehicle-wide and takes the driver and passengers through a 1.5-mile twisty bobsled-like run through its Narrows before dumping everyone out into a wide vista of northern Death Valley. This gem of a trail is truly one of the most satisfying roads in southern California and is on par with many of the iconic trails in the United States.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is north of Highway 374 with a sign for Titus Canyon on both sides of the highway. There is an informational placard on Titus Canyon Road within 300 feet of the turnoff on the south side of the road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 36.859341, -116.845825

Starting Point: Beatty

From Beatty, head southwest along Highway 374 for 5.5 miles. The turnoff for Titus Canyon is on the north side of the highway.

Camping

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Trail Reviews (16)

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This trail was at the top of my bucket list. Traveled through in my Jeep Gladiator with my 2 Schnauzers. A few hairpin turns up top gave me white knuckles but we persevered. What a beautiful trail to gain experience! Met nice people along the way.😁

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Very cool trail. Really lets you explore parts of the area that are less traveled. Jamming through the slot canyon at the trail's finish ends it on a high note. Definitely worth the drive if you are in the area.

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Really cool trail! Any 4x4 can run this. Best part is when you get into the canyon and you have canyon walls on each side. Super cool and a must if you’re in the area. The road getting to the mountain area was pretty long and washboard but worth it at the end.

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We did this in a modified 2019 Sprinter 170 WB 2500 4x4. There are a couple spots that were a little tight for that big of a van but overall it was very doable. If you are in a real off-road rig (Jeep, truck, good SUV) it is easy. This drive was the best part of our Death Valley trip. There is some dry camping on the road leading into the Canyons in case you want to make it an extended drive.

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I took the family out to Titus Canyon for our first real off-roading experience in our new to us 4Runner. The trail was a lot of fun, Red Pass looked intimidating when we first saw it but was easily doable, and the descent was the most technical part. Stopped for a lunch break at the ghost town, which the kids thought was really cool. After the ghost town the trail takes you into the narrows which were awesome. It was recommended that we air down our tires but we didn’t and didn’t have any issues. It was pretty busy too, but with great spring weather it’s not a surprise. 2wd would be fine on this trail.

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Saved this trail for the end of our Death Valley trip. Easy, graded dirt road that recommends high clearance but we saw a stock VW Tiguan do it with no problem. Stopped for dinner in the canyon and had the most epic views. It was dark by the time we got into the slot canyon which made for a very different experience with the lights shining off the canyon walls. This is definitely a must-do trail and super accessible for even stock 2WD rigs.

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Very bad washboard the first ten miles. The last section tight section through the canyon was super cool, and made it well worth the trip.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Titus Canyon Road is open again.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Titus Canyon Road is closed due to snow and ice.

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Status: Temporary Closure
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Not sure of the reasoning of the closure. Buy it's closed.

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Titus Canyon is one of the most beautiful places I've off-roaded around. The trail is easy - there's a couple of steep climbs and a few shelf areas but not a challenge at all.

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Beautiful trail through an old mining town.

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My son and I started Titus Canyon from the Nevada 374...This is my first canyon trail in our rented jeep...Absolutely beautiful vistas paired with some tight turns and passes. This trail took us aprox 3.5 hours after a few stops along the way for pics... this trail left us longing for more....

Author: Official Crew
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We revisited Titus Canyon this past February and enjoyed a spendid day on the trail. It was a little cold but as we were inside our truck most of the time, we had an enjoyable outing. I got out at Leadfield and spent more time checking out the buildings this time around.

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This is the nicest canyon in Death Valley! The last part of the trip (one way road) is stunningly beautiful! An easy travel with any stock vehicle with proper offload tires! (do not take your grocery getter suv there!) Highly recommend taking half a day to enjoy! Not technical, not challenging, just beautiful!

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Great trail, surprising number of other visitors on a weekday. We had some drizzle from Leadfield to Titus Canyon but escaped without getting swept away in the flash flood. Very well maintained and graded trail with lot of spots to explore. Can spend an entire day exploring mines, trails, and Leadfield.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How narrow is the shelf road and how long does it go on for?
–Amanda Hansberry (10/09/2019)
–Brian Hoag (11/20/2019)

Writer Information

Marc Nitz

Mapping Crew - California

Marc Nitz is a southern California native who loves exploring the outdoors. This is in large part due to his parents' love of summer road trips. Each summer the Nitz clan would venture out for at least one week driving and camping to assorted U.S. destinations west of the Rocky Mountains. Marc bought his first 4x4 at 17 years old and began seeking out more places off the beaten path. Now 30 years later, Marc explores the countryside with a family of his own. Some of Marc's favorite trails include California's Titus Canyon Road and the Pleasant Canyon Loop Trail, Colorado's Alpine Loop, and Utah's White Rim Trail. Most of all, Marc enjoys meeting fellow off-roaders and he is affiliated with a few 4X4 clubs in Southern California that has allowed him to do just that.
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