Zabriskie Point Death Valley National Park overlook

Zabriskie Point offers a stunning panorama of the badlands near Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. The overlook stands at the upper east end of a badlands terrain full of impressive canyons and gulches. A short walk up a paved hill is all that is required to take advantage of this amazing vantage point.

The hard drought-plagued sun-baked slopes around Zabriskie Point support almost no vegetation and possess a start beauty. The rare rain that comes to Death Valley arrives in the form of downpours, which form the rills and gullies that reshape the landscape.

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Manly Beacon and Red Cathedral from Zabriskie Point

The views from Zabriskie Point are impressive in every direction. To the northeast, Manly Beacon rises up behind waves of yellow and orange colored badlands. To the right of the beacon are the distinct cliffs of Red Cathedral (best seen from Golden Canyon).

To the south stand dark multicolored mountains that tower behind the Artist’s Palette. Beneath Zabriskie Point are the upper reaches of Gower Gulch, which brings rainwater and eroded minerals to the salt flats below.

Zabriskie Point is just a short drive From Furnace Creek and an easy stop en route to Dante’s View. This should be considered a must-stop on any first trip to Death Valley. The best time to visit is the early morning when the light is best.

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Looking down on Gower Gulch from Zabriskie Point

Those who look out from the point and feel compelled to explore farther may enjoy the Badlands Loop. This 2.5-mile hike starts and finishes at Zabriskie Point.

To get to Zabriskie Point: From Furnace Creek, drive southeast on Highway 109 for 4 miles. Turn right into the parking lot for Zabriskie Point.

Zabriskie Point address: Zabriskie Point Road, Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA 92328
Zabriskie Point coordinates: 36.42085, -116.8099 (36° 25′ 15.1″N 116° 48′ 35.6″W)

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These photos were taken in November of 2009. Click to enlarge.
Nearby Trails & Attractions
Death Valley Badlands hikeBadlands Loop
This 2.5-mile loop offers a great immersion into the terrain beneath Zabriskie Point.
Golden Canyon Death ValleyGolden Canyon – Gower Gulch Loop
This 4-mile loop visits stunning terrain in the badlands region near Furnace Creek.
Twenty Mule Team CanyonTwenty Mule Team Canyon
This 2.8-mile one way road is just up the road from Zabriskie Point. The fine canyon that can be experienced right from the driver’s seat.
Dantes View Death ValleyDante’s View
This towering overlook above Badwater Basin offers panoramic views of Death Valley.
artists drive death valleyArtist’s Drive
This 9-mile drive crosses a sloping mountainside composed of vibrant soil colored by rich metals.
hike Death ValleyDeath Valley
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Death Valley CampingDeath Valley Campgrounds
Nine campgrounds are spread throughout this large park to facilitate your visit.
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7 Comments on Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park

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  3. […] In the four hours that we had at DV, before heading back, we saw quite a few sites and realized that we would need to return again one day to see more. 1. Zabrinskie’s Point […]

  4. […] the first mountain range and down the 190 highway is a turnout with a fantastic viewpoint called Zabriskie Point. It looks out over the range and into the valley. If you’re up for a mildly strenuous hike, […]

  5. […] woke up at 6, and got dressed. Mom drove us all to Zabriskis point. We watched the Sunrise. It was beautiful, and the short hike was worth it. Zabriskies Point looks […]

  6. […] up the hill next to the parking lot, you’ll get a great view of large part of the valley at Zabriskie Point. Directly around the view point are beautiful rill slopes and there are several short and long […]

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