Titus Canyon Road

Beatty, Nevada (Nye County)

Last Updated: 03/24/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 26.91 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


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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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

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.



Trail Reviews (19)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: I read elsewhere about size restrictions on this road? But I can find these here. We have are driving a truck, 8 meters long, 2,5 meter wide.
–Eefke essers (04/19/2022)
–Marc Nitz (04/20/2022)
–Eefke essers (04/20/2022)
–Marc Nitz (04/19/2022)
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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