Zabriske's Point, Death Valley National Park

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    Zabriskie Point

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 9, 2014

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    Zabriskie Point oversees I beautiful colored canyon with great erosion lines. Many people visit this point because of it's proximity to Furnace Creek. The point was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the early 1900's. From the parking area it is a short walk to the top to oversee the canyon and valley below. This is an excellent view point at sunrise and sunset.

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    by WulfstanTraveller Written Feb 23, 2014

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    This is a scenic area just above Death Valley with views of the atmospheric, totally barren, and largely yellow landscape looking like piles of yellow curry around the small peak pf Zabriskie Point. Unlike Dante's View, about 40 minutes' drive away, this is not particularly high and does not give broad vistas over the valley but is noted mostly for the striking yellow landscape. One can easily walk down to the base and into the canyon, walking to Golden Canyon which one otherwise can enter from the other end at Badwater Rd (see tip on that).

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    Borax Mine

    by Madasabull Written Dec 17, 2013

    We all have used Borax at some point, and I still have a big tub of 20 Mule Team Borax safe in my shed, that I use when I find ants nests in my garden. Warm water and sugar with a 1:20 mix, 1 teaspoon of Borax to 20 teaspoons of sugar. But the mix in a jar, pop a few tiny bug sized holes in the jar lid, and the ants take the Borax back to the nest, eat it, and die. Sad but true. I only do this if the ants have got too close to the house and/or causing problems. Otherwise I don't mind them, they do no harm otherwise.

    Anyway, and sorry about going off track a little, it's just that I was interested to know where my 20 Mule Team Borax came from and how it got it's name.

    Harmony Borax Works, which was active from 1883 to 1888 was an early mining operation, and they actually used a team of 20 mules to transport the partially refined Borax they mined.

    Borax is sodium tetraborate and is created by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. Not much to see here at the mine sites, but the site makes for great pics.

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    Zabriskie Point

    by Africancrab Written May 17, 2013

    This is a very dramatic point in Death Valley. Driving to it along the highway, one can not see the unusual landscape, but once you stop at the view point and make it up the incline to the post, it is the most exciting landscape you will see. The color of the landscape is a variation of peach, red, green and coral.

    It is surrounded by eroded, colorful badlands, giving it a spectacular form. It is one of the park's most famous view. There were a few visitors when we arrived, but for the 10 minutes we were there, 5 other cars arrived. We only stayed a little while because the heat had picked up to deadly temperatures by 10:00 am. 10 minutes felt like we had been there more than half an hour. We literally run back to the car which was a few feet away in the parking area.

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    Welcome point

    by Assenczo Updated May 26, 2011

    For some reason Zabriske's point is the picture-perfect, postcard/business card of the valley. Historically, this is the place where mules have done their contribution to civilization packed in mule trains of twenty but this does not make it more attractive. Most likely this is the spot where one can grasp the complexity of geological makeovers, so nicely explained by the local guides during their intermittent visits. What had my attention grabbed was the fact that the surrounding terrain is very similar to the slopes leading to the depths of the Dead Sea but this must be pure coincidence, having nothing to do with the subsea ambience of the place. In any case, the spot offers some good photo counterpoint of fluffy beige rock formation with the general hint of the valley floor behind. The parking lot is well equipped stool-wise as well with an insight of what a good outhouse should look like!

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    Zabriskie Point

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Zabriskie Point is a scenic overlook which gives you a great view of a large area of badlands - rock formations that have been severely eroded over millions of years. To reach the overlook, you must take a short 10 minute uphill hike from the parking lot. The best time to see it is in the late afternoon, when the setting sun accents the rocks' golden-brown colors.

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    Zabriskie Point

    by vichatherly Written Sep 16, 2010

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    Bring your camera and tripod to this spectacular spot where Death Valley reveals its wildly eroded and vibrantly coloured badlands.

    A short hike from the car park gives you a panoramic views of the beauty that can be found in the valley.

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    Looks Dead But Isn't

    by Basaic Written Feb 16, 2010

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    A short distance (maybe 7 or 8 miles) after you enter the park from the east there will be a turnoff for Zabriskie Point. From the parking area there is a short, paved path leading to the viewpoint. The mountains you see here are part of the Amargosa Range and in early September they appeared totally devoid of life. The colors were a wide range of near whites, light grays and dark grays that under the right light are almost black. Through the gaps in the mountains you can see Death Valley and beyond that the Panamint Range. The view is really quite interesting and is worth the stop.

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    Sunrise Surprise

    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Mar 29, 2009

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    Sunrises in the park are one of the best times to explore. And one area that is great to capture the light as it comes from the eastern hills is Zabriskie point. This pull off exposes you to the weather, striped, red-rock area of the park which makes it so special. The morning light gives great shadows, making the landscape more expressive than in the noonday sun.

    There are no real trails, but plenty of rock to scramble over, so take the time to explore and enjoy the formations around you. Get up early and get out there!

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    Zabriskie Point

    by Martinewezel Updated Apr 25, 2008

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    This overlooking point became famous with the movie of the same name from Antonioni.
    Geologically, this is one of the most fascinating places in the valley.
    The hills look like giant sand dunes, ribbed by the wind, but they are rocks.
    The best moment to visit this place is at sunrise. Before the flow of tourists arrive. It seems that the colours are at their best then.

    Unfortunately we were part of those tourists who arrive between 9 and 10 am. The screaming children, the Japanese and French sounds around us didn't match with the stunning view.

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    Zabriskie Point the place, not the movie!

    by heitzenrater Updated Aug 12, 2007

    Looking out from Zabriskie Point, you are surrounded by yet another, yes another of Death Valley's forbidding, almost unearthly, desert landscapes. There seams to be alot of these. The badlands everywhere you look. You see nothing but, bone-dry, finely-sculpted, golden brown rock. Vegetation? Not much can survive in this intricately carved terrain, but if you look close you may find some.

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    A Grand Overlook

    by SteveOSF Written Jul 31, 2007

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    Zabriskie Point offers a wide sweeping view of Death Valley. It is easily accessible from Highway 190 to the southeast of Furnace Creek. A short walk from the parking area will reveal the best views. Just off the main road, this is definitely worth a stop.

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    Zabriskie Point

    by gilescorey Written May 12, 2007

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    For such a stark landscape, many of Death Valley's top attractions are easily reached. Zabriskie Point is one of them.

    Only a short uphill walk from the lot will lead you to the stunning point's view; a view that is layered with competing geological formations rolling back down into the center of the Valley.

    Seniors and the physically challenged will find this one of the best bets during a visit to the National Park.

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    Crumbling Land...

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated May 5, 2007

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    Perhaps this is the most scenic spots in the valley. About 5 miles outside of Furnace Creek, there's ample parking at the base of a short, steep hike up to a panoramic point where you can view these wrinkled, colorful hills. The view is magnificent - be sure to head east towards the edge of the park on route 190 rather than following the road to Badwater so you don't miss it.

    Please see my travelogue for many more pictures from Zabriskie Point

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    Zabriski Point

    by Tom_Fields Updated May 1, 2007

    This is one of the best-known vantage points in Death Valley. It also offers many excellent hiking trails. Most follow the washes (or wadis), where the occasional rains sweep down between the rock formations, pushing dirt and debris along with them.

    Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch are two of the best trails. The latter is rugged, but worth the trip.

    The view from Zabriski Point Golden Canyon The trail winds through Golden Canyon Gower Gulch The trail narrows
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