Echo Canyon Trail

Furnace Creek, California (Inyo County)

Last Updated: 03/15/2019
4.3 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 9.81 miles
Highest Elevation: 3743 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Furnace Creek
Nearest Town w/ Services: Furnace Creek
Official Road Name: Echo Canyon Trail
Management Agency: Death Valley National Park


Highlight: Echo Canyon Trail
Echo Canyon boasts some of Death Valley's best qualities with its spectacular scenery, twisty canyons, rock arches, and mining history. This road is very popular among visitors as it can be easily driven with most street-legal vehicles and it is less than ten minutes away from the popular Furnace Creek Inn.


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1. Echo Canyon Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead for Echo Canyon Trail is on the northeast side of Highway 190, approximate 3.5 miles from Furnace Creek.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Furnace Creek

Echo Canyon Trail is approximately 3.5 miles from the city of Furnace Creek along Highway 190. From the Furnace Creek Gas Station, head south along Highway 190. Echo Canyon Trail is a dirt road leading east and is marked by a trail sign.



Land Use Issues

The vehicle and motorcycle entrance fees are $25 and $20, respectively, for 7 days. Vehicles are allowed to enter and exit the national park at will as many times as they want. For all entrance fee payment locations, go to: Echo Canyon Road is currently open year round but in the past it has been known to close during the summer. If there has been recent rain, the road is likely to be closed due to possible flash floods in the canyon. For the most up-to-date road conditions in Death Valley, check this Trailsoffroad website, the Death Valley National Park website (click on "More Information" below), or the Death Valley Road Conditions page on Facebook. The Facebook page is at

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Marc Nitz

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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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