Father Crowley Point, Death Valley National Park
The Point is named after Father John J. Crowley known as the Padre of the desert who guided people in the area. He past away in 1940. One interesting fact about Father Crowley, in 1934, he was the priest to celebrate Mass on the summit of Mt. Whitney from a portable alter.
The point in near the west entrance of the park. It has a paved parking lot but there is an additional dirt road that goes out to the point. This is drivable with a high clearance vehicle. At first Glance, this road look drivable for all cars but there are large rocks that did not come out in the photos. Most people walk the dirt road down to the point.
If you drive all the way to the western side of the park, past Panamint Springs, you can climb to a mountainside turnout and see a small monument and walk to this overlook. In all honesty, it's not so impressive that I would put it on a must see list, especially since it is way off the beaten path from many of the other points of interest in the park. It's a nice enough view that I would recommend it if you do have the time. You can leave your car and hike along a short trail to get an even closer view of the valley below, which might be attractive after sitting in the car for that long of a drive!
Father Crowley Point - Close to the west entrance on Route 190 it provides panoramic views of the Panamint Valley and surrounding mountains. Besides the view there is a monument in honor of Father Crowley (1891-1940).
"From the snowy heights of the Sierras beyond the deep shadows of Death Valley beloved and trusted by people of all faiths he led them towards life's wider horizons."