Death Valley National Park Ranger Programs

Death Valley National Park

Within Death Valley National Park Paleontologists call it “The Barnyard,” a remote box canyon in an inhospitable desert where slabs of mud stone as big as billboards are indented with fossil tracks left by mastodons, camels, horses, and cats the size of leopards.

It is one of the largest, most diverse, and well-preserved deposits of prehistoric mammal and bird tracks known to exist, and a window onto the ecology of Death Valley during the Pliocene Epoch, about 5 million years ago, when things were starting to heat up.

This is a moderately strenuous, seven-mile round trip hike with 1,500' elevation gain on rugged, uneven terrain. It is not recommended for anyone with mobility or breathing difficulties and prohibited for children under 10. Participants should be regularly hiking at least four miles on uneven terrain in the weeks leading up to this hike. Those that are unable to hike the first mile at a reasonable hiking speed will be escorted back to their vehicle.  

Hike is in a remote area of Death Valley National Park that is otherwise closed to the public. Guided tours are limited to 15 people and fill up quickly. There is a $1 per ticket non-refundable administration fee for these day long guided hikes.

Within Death Valley National Park Paleontologists call it “The Barnyard,” a remote box canyon in an inhospitable desert where slabs of mud stone as big as billboards are indented with fossil tracks left by mastodons, camels, horses, and cats the size of leopards.

It is one of the largest, most diverse, and well-preserved deposits of prehistoric mammal and bird tracks known to exist, and a window onto the ecology of Death Valley during the Pliocene Epoch, about 5 million years ago, when things were starting to heat up.

This is a moderately strenuous, seven-mile round trip hike with 1,500' elevation gain on rugged, uneven terrain. It is not recommended for anyone with mobility or breathing difficulties and prohibited for children under 10. Participants should be regularly hiking at least four miles on uneven terrain in the weeks leading up to this hike. Those that are unable to hike the first mile at a reasonable hiking speed will be escorted back to their vehicle.  

Hike is in a remote area of Death Valley National Park that is otherwise closed to the public. Guided tours are limited to 15 people and fill up quickly. There is a $1 per ticket non-refundable administration fee for these day long guided hikes.

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Primary Booking Window: Tickets are available 14 days before at 10:00am ET.

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$1 non-refundable advance reservation fee

Contact Information

Mailing Address

PO Box 579 Death Valley CA 92328

Phone Number

(760) 786-3200

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