|GPS||N36 51.56 W116 50.70|
|Elevation||200 ft.- 5,300 ft.|
|Season||Year round: best Oct.-May|
|Terrain||Packed dirt, some washboard|
|Difficulty||Generally graded with some areas containing small imbedded rocks. Canyon can experience flash flooding so check with weather forecast and visitor center if unsure. 760-786-2331|
|Required Vehicle||Stock SUV or truck.|
|Length||25.4 miles East to West travel only|
Directions to Titus Canyon Road: This is an east to west travel only trail. It begins from Nevada 374, 6 miles southwest of Beatty in Nevada. Turn west on the graded dirt road sign-posted to Titus Canyon. The road enters Death Valley National Park by crossing the Von Schmidt line, the original boundary between California and Nevada and the present day state line. None of which are marked. The trail ends at a T-intersection with North Highway.
Site Location and Description: The Titus Canyon road is an easy trail and although on dirt, rarely is considered true off-roading. It is one of the most popular trails in Death Valley, and for good reason. Views from the highest point are excellent and the drive through the canyon itself are worth it alone. Other points of interest along this trail are the Klare Spring petroglyphs and the Leadfield ghost town. Don’t miss this trip.
The History of Titus Canyon: Named after the ill fated prospector, Edgar Morris Titus who died of exhaustion and thirst in this area. In 1905, a supposed workable ore area was discovered and Leadfield Mine was quickly established. Unfortunately the demise of the mine was as quick as it was established, lasting less than a year. Today you can see remains of old mine shafts and buildings along with Petroglyphs at Klare Spring. Leadfield was placed on the National register of historic sites in 1975.