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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!