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Bighorn Gorge

Beginning Elevation: 1,800 Feet (561.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 5,000 Feet (1558.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) Across flats
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 221 Death Valley National Park
USGS Maps: Tin Mountain, White Top Mountain 7.5 minute

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General Description

Bighorn Gorge Trail leads southward from Mesquite Spring Campground to an unmaintained four-wheel drive road on White Top Mountain. Mesquite Spring Campground lies along Death Valley Wash at an approximate elevation of 1,800 feet. From the campground the trail traverses southward along several contour lines to reach the drainage that forms Bighorn Gorge. The next five miles of the trail follows the drainage into the Cottonwood Mountain Range. There is an 80-foot dry fall in Bighorn Gorge. Visitors should look for a route around the northern side of the dry fall. This trail takes you into remote wilderness through a deep canyon which supports bighorn sheep. The trail intersects a dirt roadway at about the eight mile mark. This road leads to White Top Mountain, then into Hidden Valley. This trail is not recommended for summer use. Bring lots of water in preparation for the extreme heat.

Directions from Furnace Creek: Follow Highway 190 northward, to an intersection with Highways 267 and 374. Continue driving northward at this intersection, following Highway 267. Pass the turn for Titus canyon and continue driving northward. The Mesquite Springs Campground lies on the western side of the Highway approximately 52 miles from Furnace Creek.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-September through Mid-May (NOTE: This route is not recommended during the Summer months due to extreme heat.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Mesquite Spring Campground
ICON Geology Bighorn Gorge Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Bighorn Gorge
ICON Viewing Wildlife Bighorn Gorge Trail

Related Activities
Mesquite Spring Campground - This campground lies in the northeastern area of the park and contains 30 sites. It is open throughout the year.

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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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