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Zabriskie Point

An awe-inspiring panorama of the foothills and gullies of the Black Mountains unfolds from this elevated viewpoint, where you’ll find a series of hiking trails.

Look out across the colorful sculpted landscape at the foothills of the Black Mountains from Zabriskie Point. Enjoy the vast scene of undulating badlands, which ripple across mudhills, gullies and mountains. In the distance, notice the gleaming white expanse of saltpans in the main valley. Made famous by the Antonioni-directed film of the same name, Zabriskie Point is a dramatic introduction to Death Valley National Park when entering from the east.

Climb the walkway that leads to the viewpoint. The popular lookout was established by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and named after the company’s general manager. Sit on a bench and peer out across the spectacular badlands, where you can see some of Death Valley’s most famous landmarks.

Spot Manly Beacon, characterized by the dynamic contrasting colors in its eroded rock face. To the right of Manly Beacon, you’ll see Red Cathedral, named for its imposing structure. Admire the remarkable scenery and take photographs to keep as souvenirs. If you’re visiting in the springtime, you might see wildflowers growing on the alluvial fans, as well as in gullies and swales elsewhere in the park.

The point itself is part of the Amargosa Range, which is comprised of sediments from a 5-million-year-old lake. Trace the history of this dramatic landscape, which has endured through ice ages and volcanic explosions. Energetic visitors can climb some of the adjacent hills to see the landscape from another perspective. You can also join one of two different long-distance hiking trails from Zabriskie Point. Explore the ravines that lead to the Gower Gulch or head north to reach the Golden Canyon.

Zabriskie Point is located on the central-eastern section of Death Valley National Park. It is a short distance from Furnace Creek. Alternatively, reach the lookout from Death Valley Junction, which is a 30-minute drive away. Use the parking lot located near the lookout. 

You can visit Zabriskie Point at any time of the year; however, avoid the Golden Canyon trail in summer. Check the permits required before entering Death Valley National Park. Pay the park fee at the visitor center.


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The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park $239
The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park

The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park

Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in a national park, this family-friendly resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Death Valley National Park and 4.6 mi (7.3 km) from Zabriskie Point.

    The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park $459
    The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park

    The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park

    Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Death Valley National Park and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Golden Canyon and Harmony Borax Works are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Longstreet Inn & Casino $95
      Longstreet Inn & Casino

      Longstreet Inn & Casino

      4400 South Highway 373, Amargosa Valley, NV
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 7 mi (11.2 km) from Ash Meadows Visitor Center and 8 mi (12.9 km) from Death Valley National Park.

        Amargosa Opera House $103
        Amargosa Opera House

        Amargosa Opera House

        HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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