Hole in the Wall Road

Hole in the Wall Road: a memorable trip

Hole in the Wall Road is a very scenic drive located in Inyo County, in the eastern central part of the U.S. state of California. It’s one of the challenging Backcountry roads in the Death Valley National Park.

Located within the Death Valley National Park, the road is totally unpaved. Due to frequent flooding in the area, road conditions often vary throughout the park. Starting from the paved CA-190, the road is 9.65km (6 miles) long. High-clearance is required for the first 4 miles to Hole-in-the-Wall; 4x4 required beyond. After passing through the Hole-in-the-Wall, the road becomes rougher. The road ends at an old prospect, but it looks like there was no real mining activity.

Hole in the Wall is a 400' deep gap. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. It’s 6 miles long: During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. For the most up-to-date information on road conditions, visit Death Valley’s website at nps.gov/deva. Be sure that your vehicle is in good working condition, carry plenty of water (radiator and drinking), pack a lunch, and drive slowly and carefully.


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