Dante’s View Trail

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Very Easy
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1.6 km
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68 m
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Dante’s View Trail

Dante’s View Trail is a family-friendly route that is neither too long or physically demanding. The route leads you to an incredible lookout point that boasts jaw dropping panoramic views of the surrounding Death Valley National Park Landscape. Take your time, bring the family, and enjoy all that Dante’s View Trail has to offer

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Route Description for Dante’s View Trail

While the lookout that Dante’s View Trail ends at is incredible, it is surrounded by steep hillsides and sheer cliff faces. It is therefore important that you are mindful of where you are walking when enjoying the views. Keep an eye on young children and do not go too close to the cliff edges.

The best part of Dante’s View Trail is undoubtedly the scenery you can enjoy throughout it. The route overlooks many of the characteristic landmarks in Death Valley National Park, including the Badwater Basin Salt Flats and Telescope Peak. Dante’s View Trail is also usually a more comfortable temperature than many hikes within Death Valley National Park, as the higher altitude makes it much cooler than the valley below.

Having parked your vehicle, locate the trailhead at the southern section of the parking lot. Dante’s View Trail is extremely straightforward, as it follows a southern heading along a well marked path for its entirety. Following the designated pathway along the ridgeline, the trail will bring you to an excellent lookout location. Once you have enjoyed the views, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Dante’s View Trail?

Dante’s View Trail is named after Dante Alighieri, the author of Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy). Better known as Dante’s Inferno, the poem describes a journey through hell. Dante’s View is therefore named for the hellish scenery of Death Valley.

Can you camp at Dante’s View Trail?

There are no campsites along either Dante’s View Trail or its access road.

Insider Hints for Dante’s View Trail

  • Make sure you bring some extra layers as the temperature will be noticeably colder than the valley below.
  • Regarded as one of the most photogenic places in Death Valley National Park, make sure you bring your camera!
  • If you go on a clear night, Dante’s View Trail is amazing for stargazing.

Getting to the Dante’s View Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Dante’s View Trail is located at a parking lot off of Dante’s View Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do

    October - June

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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