The Wild Road to Deadman Pass in the Death Valley NP

Deadman Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 996m (3,267ft) above the sea level 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.

Deadman Pass

Located in the Greenwater Range within the Death Valley National Park, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It is called Deadman Pass Road. It is generally quite an easy backroad drive. The road is 25.26km (15.7 miles) long, running north-south from Highway 127 to Furnace Creek Wash Road. The last 1.5 miles to Hwy 127 are in deep, loose gravel. High clearance 2WD to the pass off Furnace Creek Wash Road, then high clearance 4WD required to Highway 127.

Travel is slow as the road crosses many drainages. Due to frequent flooding in the area, road conditions often vary throughout the park. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. For the most up-to-date information on road conditions, visit Death Valley’s website at