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. 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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  • Very accessible parking and paved walk up to the viewpoint - plenty of space even at peak times. Good place to stargaze right from the parking lot too - GREAT spot to check out. 
    Very accessible parking and paved walk up to the viewpoint - plenty of space even at peak times. Good place to stargaze right from the parking lot too - GREAT spot to check out.  more »
  • We went to Zabriskie Point three evenings for star gazing and it was amazing! One night, we saw the full moon rise and two others had nice dark nights to just watch the stars. We went once during... 
    We went to Zabriskie Point three evenings for star gazing and it was amazing! One night, we saw the full moon rise and two others had nice dark nights to just watch the stars. We went once during...  more »
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  • Death Valley National Park has a wide landscape scenery. From Zabriskie Point you are able to see few of them, together in one frame. The view is beautiful, and if there is some cloud cover, you get to see beautiful sunrise or sunset. From the viewpoint itself one can see the beauty of this arid landscape. But if willing, one can hike in that landscape itself. Please be careful and follow the trails.
  • Really beautiful scenery. You can do the short walk from parking lot on paved trail to the overlook or you can walk into the canyon via the Golden Canyon trail. I recommend taking the Golden Canyon trail up to Manly Beacon. Then back the same way. Being in the canyon is a totally different feeling than standing on the overlook platform. The trail is fairly easy, starts from the parking lot.

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