Johnson Canyon Road

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Johnson Canyon Road

Johnson Canyon Road is a very exciting desert 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 in the heart of Death Valley National Park, the road is totally unpaved. Starting at West Side Road, the road is 14.64km (9.1 miles) long. High-clearance is recommended for the first 6 miles, but the last four require 4WD.

Due to frequent flooding in the area, road conditions often vary throughout the park. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. Beyond the end of the road a 2 mile hike leads up the canyon to Hungry Bill’s Ranch, with its rockwalled terraces and fruit trees. Continue on foot up the south fork another ½ mile to several old mining prospects. For the most up-to-date information on road conditions, visit Death Valley’s website at
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