Room Canyon In Death Valley National Park

3 miles round-trip
400 feet
Winter through early spring
Nestled in the remote landscape of southern Death Valley National Park, Room Canyon offers hikers a thrilling adventure through a slot canyon with towering walls that rise over 100 feet high.

With its awe-inspiring rock formations and dramatic play of light, Room Canyon is a rewarding Death Valley hike for minimal effort.

Hiking Room Canyon in Death Valley National Park

Getting There and Parking

The Room Canyon hike starts about 40 miles south of Furnace Creek off Badwater Road. There's no trailhead here, nor is there any signage, markers, or any indication at all that there's a trail here. However, there is a great hike hiding here, and I've added a pin below to help you find its starting point.
Once you arrive at the marker, pull your car to the side of the road and park on the shoulder. Room Canyon is due east from the pinned location.

Hike Details

The hike to Room Canyon starts on the east side of the road (on your left, driving from Furnace Creek), moving gently uphill through gravel and desert brush. There's no visible trail here, but you may see footprints heading east towards the canyon. Keep going and you'll get to the canyon after a short walk.

The following photo shows the canyon's entrance after hiking up from the road. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the canyon. If you find yourself hiking steeply uphill or in a spot that doesn't match the photos, you're most likely in another canyon to the north or south of Room Canyon.

Room Canyon Entrance, Death Valley National Park

When you're hiking in Room Canyon, there are two side passages to watch out for. The first fork is a short slot on your left, leading to a dead end.

The second fork is a more important landmark. When you arrive at the second fork, make sure to take a left to get the "Room" section of Room Canyon. The passage to the right leads to a separate wash that isn't as interesting to see (most people skip the right fork).

Room Canyon Fork, Death Valley National Park

As you proceed along the left fork, the canyon walls grow steeper, and it begins to feel more like a slot canyon. There's a neat keystone here that you can walk under, and some fun enclosed spaces to squeeze through.

Admiring the walls of Room Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Getting further in, the canyon widens to a large "Room" with high walls. We decided to stop and have lunch here, admiring the rock formations. The afternoon sun was beginning to play in the canyon walls and light up the rock.

The 'Room' of Room Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Past the Room, the canyon becomes more and more rocky, and there's a couple small scrambles to climb over. You'll eventually arrive at a dryfall that marks the end of the trail.

We scrambled up the dryfall to see if it was worth continuing, and found that the canyon becomes rocky, difficult to traverse, and much less impressive. After a quick rest at the dryfall, we turned around and hiked back to the car.

Dryfall towards the end of Room Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Other Tips

Room Canyon is a completely undeveloped trail, and may be difficult to navigate at times. If you find yourself in another canyon, backtrack in the direction of your car and try to reorient yourself in a more easterly direction. The canyon entrance should be in a nearly straight line east from the waypoint.

The best season to hike Room Canyon is the winter, to avoid the oppressive heat of Death Valley during the remainder of the year. Because of the area's remoteness, it's not recommended to hike here during the summer. Please also be mindful not to leave any trash in the area: any debris left in Room Canyon will remain until another hiker picks them up.

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