Salt Creek Boardwalk is a must-see for visitors to Death Valley National Park. The entire Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is on a raised wooden boardwalk.
The entire Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is on a raised wooden boardwalk. This makes for easy hiking and protects this sensitive area of Death Valley from damage from the hordes of tourists.
Salt Creek runs mostly underground except for this area of Death Valley. Water flows on the surface at Salt Creek Boardwalk from autumn to early spring. Saltwater pools are usually visible all year long.
The best time to visit is during the Spring when the Salt Creek Pupfish are in spawn. There are numerous signs along the trail that explain the life cycle of the elusive Pulp Fish.
According to the park service, the boardwalk trail is a 0.5 mi loop. The actual length of this hike is closer to a mile. If you are feeling adventurous there are several trails branching off from the end of the Boardwalk Trail.
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail offers some amazing vistas of Death Valley. This is one of the few places in the valley where you can see running water. Although the water is too salty for humans to drink many plants grow along the creek.
A variety of animals and birds frequent the area including wild burros and coyotes. Pickleweed and Saltgrass are the main plant life. There are no trees here, after all, this is Death Valley.
Where is the Salt Creek Boardwalk
The boardwalk is located off Highway 190, 13 miles north of Furnace Creek. After you turn off onto the dirt road the parking is just under two miles. During the summer carry water, even though this trail is short, the temperature can be over 100 degrees, and there is no shade.
The road the boardwalk is rough but can easily be made in most cars. Pit toilets are located in the parking area. This trail is wheelchair-accessible. No pets are allowed on the trail.