Running up the steps to catch Zabriskie Point at sunset is something you must do during your trip to Death Valley. Zabriskie point is one of the most spectacular view points in Death Valley National Park. Whilst most visitors and guides advise watching the sunrise from Zabriskie Point, it could be argued that sunset at Zabriskie point is even more breath-taking! Here is everything you need to know about visiting Zabriskie Point at sunset.
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- Where is Zabriskie Point in Death Valley?
- What can I see at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley?
- When is the best time to arrive to watch the sunset at Zabriskie Point?
- Are there restrooms / toilets at Zabriskie Point?
- Can I stay at Zabriskie Point?
- Where can I park at Zabriskie Point?
- How long should I spend at Zabriskie Point?
- What is the best spot for photographers at Zabriskie Point?
Where is Zabriskie point in Death Valley?
Zabriskie Point is in Death Valley just a stone’s throw from Highway 190. It is 5 miles from the Furnace Creek visitor centre and is often done as a stop before Dante’s view point. You can park your car next to Zabriskie point and walk up a short-paved hill to enjoy the surreal Zabriskie point sunset.
What can I see at Zabriskie point in Death Valley?
Zabriskie point in Death Valley offers visitors unbelievable vistas of the Death Valley national park. The Zabriskie point overlook itself is on Badlands terrain. From the Zabriskie vantage point you can admire the sun-baked landscape, rounded cliffs, dark mountains, bands of orange and yellow rock sediments and of course the sunset.
To some, they may see a dead landscape, devoid of life. Yet the naked slopes void of vegetation have a certain wonderous beauty.
From the viewpoint, on your right are the crimson cliffs of Red Cathedral and an unusually high rocky outcrop known as Manly Beacon. To the south are the mountains that visitors to the Artist’s palette admire. Jagged multi-coloured mountains have wowed visitors to Death Valley for centuries.
Beneath Zabriskie Point is one of Death Valley’s popular canyon hikes: the Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch loop. If you have more time before the sunset you may want to consider exploring these beautiful Death Valley canyons.
Did you know there are many canyon hikes in Death Valley, not just Golden Canyon and Mosaic Canyon? To find out more interesting facts and handy tips about visiting Death Valley, check out this post about 15 things that no one tells you about visiting Death Valley National Park.
When is the best time to arrive to watch the sunset at Zabriskie Point?
Ideally, you want to arrive at least an hour before sunset. Check out Death Valley sunset times the day before and plan accordingly.
There are a few reasons why you should arrive at least an hour before sunset at Zabriskie point. One is that the sun disappears behind the Panamint mountains. You would not want to arrive at Zabriskie Point and see that the sun has already set behind the mountain! Another is that this is a popular spot and that the car park can fill up quickly. There are not many parking spaces at Zabriskie point. Many visitors who are leaving the park may quickly want to stop by and see Zabriskie Point as this is one of the last points of interest along Highway 190 if you are leaving to the East. Otherwise, if you do not fancy fighting for a space, check out this list of alternative sunset spots in Death Valley to find the perfect location for you.
In order to find a parking spot, arrive a little before all the day-trippers are leaving the park.
You might also enjoy this post about the best sunset spots in Yosemite to add to your California bucket list!
Are there restrooms / toilets at Zabriskie Point?
Yes, there are restrooms (toilets) at Zabriskie Point. There is no fresh drinking water though. Make sure you fill up in Furnace Creek beforehand. That desert sun and heat will make the small walk up the hill harder than in cooler climates.
Can I stay at Zabriskie Point?
There are a few places to stay in Death Valley. Whilst you cannot stay at Zabriskie Point itself, you can stay in nearby Furnace Creek which is just 5 miles from Zabriskie Point.
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Where can I park at Zabriskie Point?
There is a car park at Zabriskie Point off highway 190. Many visitors stop off a Zabriskie Point before heading to Dante’s view point.
How long should I spend at Zabriskie Point?
Stay at Zabriskie Point until the sun disappears! You can spend anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour admiring the golden glow at Zabriskie Point. Depending on the time you arrive, the clouds or the mountains may decide for you and snatch the sunset from you. This spot can also get quite crowded so if you are feeling claustrophobic you may want to leave after a few minutes. Yet if you are captivated by this otherworldly landscape, you may spend up to an hour mesmerised by the kaleidoscope of desert colours.
What is the best spot for photographers at Zabriskie Point?
There are many amazing things to take photos of at Zabriskie Point! When Foucault visited in the 70ies he was moved to tears by the beauty at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. You can take photos on the lookout itself or go down onto rounded plateaus for some Instagram-worthy shots.
Photographers can enjoy the spectacular golden hour at Zabriskie Point so make sure you have an SD card with plenty of space, a fully charged camera and some sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun set.
Have you been inspired to chase the sunset at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley?
Have you been inspired to chase the sunset at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley? Or are you a firm believer that Zabriskie Point is a sunrise spot? There are many incredible sunset locations in Death Valley, but Zabriskie Point is one of the best! Also, as this is so accessible, this is a pretty safe place to visit in Death Valley. Still, you may want to check out this survival guide to Death Valley before you visit!
Let us know if you have been inspired to see the sunset at Zabriskie Point or if you found the tips helpful in the comments below!