Titus Canyon Impressions

Four verticals from the larger Titus Canyon area in Death Valley National Park. Titus Canyon itself is one of the largest canyons in Death Valley National Park. It drains an area of 35 square miles and the water and sediment have carved it so deep that its walls rise about to 500 feet (~150 meters) in the “narrows” section.

I hope these four photos give you a little glimpse into the stunning scenic diversity of the canyon.

One can hike into the narrows from the Titus & Fall Canyon trailhead, off of Scott’s Castle Road, but since my friend Peter and I stayed in Beatty in Nevada overnight, he treated me to the very scenic approach from the east, via the one-way Titus Canyon Road that branches off of Highway 374 southwest of Beatty.

This approach leads through the beautiful Amargosa Desert into the Grapevine Mountains, before the dirt road loses more than 4000 feet (~1200 meters) of elevation – which is one of the reasons why this section of Titus Canyon Road is one-way, and you’re only supposed to drive it downhill.


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4 thoughts on “Titus Canyon Impressions”

  1. These are lovely, intimate photographs. I especially like the Dolomite/Limestone one. When you imagine the geological event that caused that… pretty amazing!

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    • Exactly! It’s a world with processes and events on such a larger, longer, slower scale – none of it has anything to do with humans.

      Maybe the desert has such a draw because it is so raw and bare that these processes and events are more easily available for humans to see, and realize our place in this world.

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  2. I like your desert theory, in the reply above….and the photos of course. Things are stripped down in the desert, and we have fewer places to hide. But also, it’s such a rich place for a visual person – so many clean shapes and subtle colors.

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    • Thank you, Lynn. The desert wasn’t appealing to me, photographically, at first. For me, it’s true charm still lies in the details and intimate scenes – especially since I’m often day-hiking and am in places where the light is only sub-optimal for photography at times. ;-)

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