Zabriske's Point, Death Valley National Park

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    Zabriske's point

    by JLBG Updated Jan 9, 2007

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    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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    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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    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    A little further in Zabriske's point, the erosion has worked differently and instead of giving a fan shaped erosion, has given a number of parallel ripple marks. It looks almost like a meringue cake topped with chocolate !

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    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    The second picture was taken only a few minutes later, when, luckily, the sun succeeded in shining between two clouds. It looks as if the ashes had been carved even deeper and it increases the dramatic effect of the landscape.

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    Zabriskie Point

    by goingsolo Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Zabriskie Point, not shown in the photo, is one of the best views of the park. Photographers, amateur and professional, flock to this site, eager to capture the view of the amber waves of Golden Canyon's rolling landscape. Unfortunately, Zabriskie Point was closed due to flood damage when I visited, but I figured I'd point it out as the sight of Golden Canyon was one of the most spectacular I've seen in any of my National Park forays. Don't miss this one if you have the chance to get out there.

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    Beautiful close-up badlands

    by Combinedefx Written Jun 20, 2004

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    This is a fantastic stop! We were here around 9:30 A.M.and had very good lighting, overcast and brightly overcast. The formations cannot be seen until one walks up the ramp to a great surprise.
    There is a trailhead here which we did not have time to do but would have been great.

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    by JanPeter74 Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Zabriskie Point is a viewpoint that is rather close to Furnace Creek. Absolutely worth a stop. Especially because anybody driving through Death Valley will be more or less pass by this site. Great views and famous because of the 70's movie with the same title.

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    Zabriskie Point and Manly Beacon

    by mht_in_la Updated Dec 5, 2003

    Zabriskie Point is only a short drive from Furnace Creek, and is easily accessible with a nice parking lot. Here you'll see the trademark badlands of Death Valley.

    Towerning over the badlands is the sharp peak of Manly Beacon, as seen at the center of the photo. It's named after William Lewis Manly and John Rogers, who hiked 500 miles to Los Angeles and back in 1849 to get help for the stranded emigrants in Death Valley.

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    Popular with photographers

    by annk Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    Zabriskie Point is definitely one of the most scenic areas in Death Valley and very popular with photographers. Best time to visit is during sunrise or shortly after. Just south of Furnace Creek a couple of miles, parking area next to Route 190.

    Will be uploading more pics in the travelogues

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    Zabriskie Badlands

    by meteorologist1 Updated Nov 19, 2003

    Beautiful scenery from Zabriskie Point. Here you can see some of the amazing, special colors of the landscape. The Zabriskie Badlands have almost a golden color to it. The contour of the landscape is also interesting to look at. You can also see Badwater in the distance from here.

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    Zabriskie Point

    by Andraf Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Made famous by Antonioni's film with the same name (1970) Zabriskie Point offers some beautiful views of the Golden Canyon badlands. The yellow and beige colored hills were once lake bottom sediments. The point is named after Christian Zabriskie, an important figure in Death Valley borax mining.

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    Breathtaking views!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    Zabriskie’s Point

    About 3 miles past Furnace Creek Ranch on Hwy 190, Zabriskie’s Point offers you wonderful views of golden wrinkles in the rocks, with the Valley and Panamint Range on the background. For the more adventurers amongst us: it is possible to walk down through the Golden Canyon of this area. If you do so, take at least 2 litres of water a person.

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    Zabriskie Point, the movie

    by Alice-Kees Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    Zabriskie Point is also the title of a film by Antonioni (1969), a cult hit and still worth seeing before or after you have visited the film locations in Death Valley and around. Watching this movie belongs to your prepartion for a trip to Death Valley.

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    Is this planet earth?

    by Alice-Kees Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    When we came to Zabriskie Point at ten in the morning, some of us were hesitant to leave the car, because of the terrible heat outside. Still, we managed to walk up the small hill at the car parking, from where you have this fabulous view over the colourful, undulating landscape of gullies and mud hills. Beyond that, in the distance, the flat salt plains on the valley floor are visible.

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    Zabriskie Point

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    The view is best during the early morning, when the pink-and-gold Panamint Mountains across the valley are highlighted by the rising sun. In the past it was possible to drive right to the edge of the overlook, but since then a new larger car-park has been constructed lower down and visitors now have a short walk uphill. A foot-path leads through the mounds, down a ravine and into Golden Canyon after 2 miles.

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