Geology in Titus Canyon Death Valley
Geology in Titus Canyon Death Valley

 

GPSN36  51.56   W116 50.70
Elevation 200 ft.- 5,300 ft.
SeasonYear round: best Oct.-May
TerrainPacked dirt, some washboard
DifficultyGenerally 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 VehicleStock SUV or truck.
Time2.5 hours
Length25.4 miles East to West travel only
Death Valley- Titus Canyon Start of trai
Titus Canyon- Start of trai
Entering Titus Canyon Death Valley
Entering Titus Canyon Death Valley

Directions:  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: This 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.

Highest point on Titus Canyon Road
Highest point on Titus Canyon Road

 

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.

 

Petroglyths Marker Titus Canyon Road
Petroglyths Marker Titus Canyon Road

Old mine building Titus Canyon Road
Old mine building Titus Canyon Road

Leadfiled Mine Titus Canyon Death Valley
Leadfiled Mine Titus Canyon Death Valley

Leadfield Town Marker Titus Canyon Trail
Leadfield Town Marker Titus Canyon Trail

View fromTitus Canyon Road    Death Valley
View fromTitus Canyon Road Death Valley

Titus Canyon Marker Death Valley
Titus Canyon Marker Death Valley

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