Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

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. Put Zabriskie Point and other Death Valley National Park attractions into our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Possibly one of my favorite places in the world...easy to access from Furnace Creek. Lovely views of all the neutral colors God created from the beginning...easy to see His artistry without driving ve...  more »
  • This area was busier than some of the other places we went but you get an excellent 360 degree view of the badlands in the park with good signage to explain what you are seeing.  more »
  • This spot is just beautiful- the contours and textures in the mountains are just beautiful , especially with the sunrise. It's located very close to Furnace Creek.  more »
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  • Gorgeous lookout! This was definitely worth the stop, it is a very short hike up a paved hill to the point. There is a trail here that you can do a smaller loop, or you can hike all the way down to the Golden Canyon. The sunsets and sunrises are amazing here, and even the star gazing is spectacular. It can get a bit windy and you are still higher up in elevation so watch the weather and bring a jacket.
  • This is such a classic spot as you enter Death Valley National Park coming from the east. Here you see some of the most beautiful badlands. Crowds of people come and see the interesting shapes and colors of rock worn away by the one thing Death Valley seems to have so little of - water. But when water comes, it creates the magical vistas of exposed rock that make Death Valley so otherworldly. Parking can be crowded here in season, and many just hike up (and it is uphill) to the vista of the point. However, you can hike from here as well down below the point and eventually connect to other trails, most notably Golden Canyon. That is always my preference. The photo here shows a shot looking up at the crowds at Zabriskie Point. It is the shot that only a small percentage of those on the point ever see.
  • It is designated as one of the best places to see sunset in the park and truly so. The sun sets behind a peak which is visible from this point.. the view from this place is breathtaking at twilight. The landscape is pretty interesting near the overlook too.. but that is the beauty of the whole national park
  • Zabriskie Point is beautiful! The views are stunning! There are also some places where you can get off the well beaten path and get some great photos of the beautiful surroundings. The absolute only downside to Zabriskie Point are the public bathrooms. They are outhouse style and very smelly, so I would only recommend them if you are desperate. Death Valley National Park is $25 per car to enter the entire park. It is well worth the money and the drive. We drove in from Las Vegas and it was one of our favorite things we did while in Vegas!
  • Worth the drive out from Vegas! Gorgeous views and nice trails. There are public bathrooms and maps. The trails range from very short to long so you there is something for everyone.
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