Zabriskie Point

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Death Valley National Park, United States

Zabriskie Point Death Valley National Park Reviews

vances vances
581 reviews
I get your point! Dec 28, 2016
Among the best known viewpoints in Death Valley National Park (it is featured on the album cover for U2’s “Joshua Tree”), Zabriskie Point impresses, with an interesting history to boot. Reminiscent of Badlands, South Dakota, Zabriskie compelled me to understand what a badland really is. The essence is a repeated struggle of deposits and erosion of sedimentary rock and clay rich soil, crafting steep, colorful landscapes, with the clay discouraging any plant life.

At Zabriskie, where Death Valley was a lake millions of years ago, the continual upheaval was complemented by lava flows to introduce even more striking coloration. The best known component of this brilliant landscape is the towering Manly Beacon, which escaped erosion due to its hard lava cap.

This is one of Death Valley’s busiest attractions. Both the accommodating parking lot and short walkway to an impressive viewpoint had been built back in the 1920’s by the Pacific Coast Borax Company and (surprise!) named after the operation’s VP-General Manager at the time. A fine, if Spartan, facility (including rest rooms, which are amply provided throughout Death Valley NP) that makes enjoying this vista a breeze. The parched landscape extends almost 360-degrees here: an exquisite range of colorful brief peaks, lined by rain etched gullies.

We noted a trail leading away and twisting through the vibrant scenery. This was the Badlands Loop, which intersects the Gower Gulch Loop and connects to Golden Canyon, our next target. Enticing, but the clock would compel us to leave the trail for another day. Hiking is not required to take in the fabulous views from this well situated stopping point – Zabriskie Point is a must when visiting Death Valley National Park.
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cotton_foam says:
:D :D or "we've missed this point of interest!" Ahhh, better?! :D
Posted on: May 02, 2017
vances says:
lol, May --> your word play is peaking!

Posted on: May 01, 2017
cotton_foam says:
This is one area we missed to visit. It was closed at that indeed a big point to go back, isn't it Vance?! :))
Posted on: May 01, 2017
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Africancrab Africanc…
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Popular Sunrise & Sunset Viewing Location May 14, 2013
This is a very dramatic point in Death Valley. Driving to it along the highway, one can not see the unusual landscape, but once you stop at the view point and make it up the incline to the post, it is the most exciting landscape you will see.

It is surrounded by eroded, colorful badlands, giving it a spectacular form. It is one of the park's most famous view. There were a few visitors when we arrived, but for the 10 minutes we were there, 5 other cars arrived. We only stayed a little while because the heat had picked up to deadly temperatures by 10:00 am. 10 minutes felt like we had been there more than half an hour. We literally run back to the car which was a few feet away in the parking area.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
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Africancrab says:
Thanks. Andy, I do not believe I have watched the movie. I have Netflix so I may look it up
Posted on: May 18, 2013
world-traveller123 says:
very good photos
Posted on: May 18, 2013
Andy99 says:
I remember the 1970 movie of that name.
Posted on: May 18, 2013

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