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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    Zabriskie Point

    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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    Welcome point

    by Assenczo Updated May 26, 2011
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    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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    Zabriskie Point

    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
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    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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    Stunning DV Nat'l Park

    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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    Zabriskie Point

    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
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    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.

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    Zabriske's point

    by JLBG Updated Jan 9, 2007

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    Zabriske's point

    Zabriske's point is a place where the coat of volcanic ashes has been more deeply carved than anywhere else. However, the quality of the light can change dramatically the look of the place. This photo was taken while the sun was half hidden between light clouds.

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    Zabriskie's Point

    by Trekki Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    Zabriskie's Point

    If approaching Death Valley NP from the east, you first get to Zabriskie's Point, a nice scenic viewpoint for the Valley itself.
    You can also see the NP's BAdlands from there - for more pictures see my TLs.

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