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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Zabriskie Point is a popular viewpoint in Death Valley National Park overlooking the badlands of Badwater Basin. There are two ways to get to this point: you can either drive right to it, or you can hike the Golden Canyon Trail. This view is one of the most photographed in Death Valley National Park. Many photographers go to the point early to watch the morning sun reflect off of the canyon walls. It truly is an amazing sight to see these mountains vibrantly glowing gold. 

What you are seeing here is the remaining sediments from a long forgotten lake combined with ashfalls from local volcanic activity. These factors contribute to the color and geological variations. 

Whether you are hiking to the top or driving, both points are a short distance from Furnace Creek so it is quite feasible to get here early in the morning for the sunrise. The trail from the parking lot is very short, just an easy eighth-mile that is paved and wheelchair accessible. A couple of viewing benches are located near the top if you wish to relax and enjoy the view as well. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Amazing views of Death Valley.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

No

Address

CA-190
CA
United States

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

09.03.17
Very nice at sunrise is must!
03.16.17
Zabriskie Point is an iconic location for photographers to shoot the sunrise. Like Mesa Arch in Canyonlands and the Maroon Bells in Colorado, this spot draws crowds who brave the dark and (sometimes) the cold to catch that great shot. Here are some photos from the beautiful morning earlier this week.
04.06.16
Along the way from Las Vegas, its just a short walk to introduce Death Valley and its vast desert ecosystem and wonder etched deep into its history. With amazing views and colors of sediment.
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