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Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

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Famous as the spot on the cover of the U2 album "The Joshua Tree," Zabriskie Point is a geological curiosity formed by sediment from a dried-up lake. Thermal waters gave it color, and wind and lava shaped its erosion patterns. This location is named after Christian Zabriskie, vice-president of the Borax company, which had mining operations in Death Valley. The sun makes high-contrast shadows on the formations, which change over the course of the day. Before you head to Death Valley National Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Death Valley National Park has to offer, including Zabriskie Point.
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Where to stay in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park provides numerous developed campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Some of these are free, and some are open year-round, while others only offer camping in the cooler, non-summer months. There are a few privately owned and operated lodges and inns in the park, most of which feature rustic accommodations. With its upscale lodging, the Furnace Creek Inn stands as an exception. The town of Beatty, on the Nevada side of the park, offers a few basic inns and motels and a couple of casinos. On the California side, Randsburg sits farther away from the park's popular Furnace Creek area, but the town offers numerous economy motels and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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  • Many films have used this spot for various scenes. The Twilight Zone used the area, and Star Wars filmed nearby in Golden Canyon and Artists Drive. Kinda cool to find the same spots. Rock formations a...  more »
  • Even if you're just driving through Death Valley, you must, absolutely must, stop here for 15 minutes or so. My grown children and I thought it the most beautiful of all the sites we visited in the pa...  more »
  • When first arriving, we stopped here and were impressed with the view however, it was an incredible sight when we went back at sunset. There were many people there for sunset pictures and the sight wa...  more »
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  • Such a natural beauty. In fact full Death Valley is beautiful. Remember to take enough water with you.
  • The place is simply amazing. I saw the pictures in photo postcards, internet, magazine and I wondered if it's really what it looks like in the picture. I attended a conference in Vegas and decided to drive to Death Valley after lunch just to see with my own eyes the beauty of Zabriskie point. I wasn't disappointed. It's a 2 hour drive from Vegas and Stayed at the point till sunset. It was November so the weather is perfect not hot, not cold. When I drove back to Vegas, it was already dark. Along the way, cars were parked roadside. Some people were stargazing. The galaxy was so clear, as you look up it feels like you're floating away throughout the galaxy. Visit around spring and fall when weather is not too hot or cold. Try to go on a clear forecast so you'll be more rewarded with a view. Pack some food to munch while enjoying the view. Early morning or sunset is the best time to see the changing colors of the rocks and mountains.
  • This view point that comes up fast when you enter the valley is one of the best panoramic views of the unique landscape. The rocky landscape here is different than the flat terrain of most of the rest of the valley. From here you get a stunning view over the rocks and little valleys as you enter the park. The short walk up to the viewpoint is definitely worth the stop.
  • Great view of Golden Canyon and Artists Pallete but definitely worth hiking the canyon if willing and able.
  • The most beautiful and amazing natural landscapes! Really stunning!