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Zabriskie Point Overlook
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point Overlook

Overview

Zabriskie Point Overlook is an overlook with grand views west across eroded mudhill badlands down into the salt pan of Death Valley. The mud hills are formed of volcanic ash, and the colors of the dirt and the erosion patters are amazing. This is a favorite place for sunset and sunrise photographers, although I think I prefer the mid-morning lighting -- to each their own joy.

Using the Gower Gulch Trail, hikers can wander down and get personal with the Zabriskie Point landscape.

Link to map.

Zabriskie Point
Stark, daytime colors

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is about as safe as it gets if you stay on the road and paved walkways. The trail to the overlook is a bit steep, so use the benches along the way to sit and rest.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a short hike, so just bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. For those who wander beyond the paved areas, the walk goes into the Death Valley Wilderness Area, so pay particular attention to respecting the land.

Zabriskie Point
Subtle after-sunset colors

Getting to Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point Overlook is located along Highway 190 in the central section of Death Valley National Park, about 2 hours northwest of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Death Valley. From the Furnace Creek Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 0712), drive south on Highway 190 for about 4.8 miles to Zabriskie Point Road (Site 0606), on the right. Watch for highway signs. Turn right and drive into the parking lot (Site 0747). Park here; this is the place. Restrooms are available.

Zabriskie Point
Paved trail
Zabriskie Point
Info signs
Zabriskie Point
Paved trail
Zabriskie Point
Resting bench
Zabriskie Point
Paved trail
Zabriskie Point
Resting bench
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point Overlook
Zabriskie Point
Info sign
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point Overlook (view W)
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point Overlook (view NW)
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point Overlook (view E to parking lot)
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point Overlook (view SE)
Zabriskie Point
Mid-afternoon
Zabriskie Point
Late-afternoon
Zabriskie Point
Sunset
Zabriskie Point
After sunset
Zabriskie Point
After sunset (view W)
Zabriskie Point
Colorful fun at Zabriskie Point (view SE)
Zabriskie Point
Hiking back down to the trailhead (view NE)
Zabriskie Point
Restroom in the parking lot (view NE)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0606 Hwy 190 at Zabriskie Rd 517206 4030470 36.42108 116.80807 660 Yes
0712 Furnace Creek Visitor Center 512030 4034954 36.46159 116.86574 -186 Yes
0747 Zabriskie Point Parking 517112 4030451 36.42091 116.80912 656 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 130727

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