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Absolutely beautiful hike. Decent incline near Zabriski Point. if you dont want to have to start or end you hiking with the heavier incline I recommend starting at the Golden Canyon parking lot and hiking the loop around. The view from Red Cathedral is an absolute must see!

Really neat! Go to the end for the best pictures...less mud in the cool crystal formations. And less people! Hiked 1.7 miles round trip.

off road driving
12 days ago

Racetrack Valley Road is a long, remote gravel road that travels from Ubehebe Crater to the Racetrack Playa through a part of Death Valley that few get to see. You will drive through mountain passes, a Joshua Tree forest, and sweeping desert valleys.

scenic driving
12 days ago

This is a one-way paved road through the canyons and overlooks of the Artist's Palette. It's a great route to get up close to some of the area's spectacular formations with little-to-no need to leave your vehicle, making this an excellent feature to check-out when temperatures are high. There are a few turnouts/overlooks where you stop for pictures along the route. Be sure to drive slowly through the loop, as the road is very twisty and passes through narrow canyons with little side-clearance.

Here is the lowest point in North America, and is probably the most popular roadside spot in DVNP. One can view the area from the roadside overlook, or hike .5 mile trail can be taken out onto the salt flat itself. there are also some saline pools near the trailhead/overlook. Very unique spot in a very unique National Park. Just be prepared for the heat, even outside of summer!

Easy hike with kids. Nice views of the valley too

Super hot! Everyone was right- a lot further than it looks but go all the way to the end!

Super hot and much further than you think it is. Deceiving, but so worth it!

Stupid hot, but insanely awesome!

scenic driving
1 month ago

At just about sundown on a 129 degree day, we drove up Artist's Drive to Artist's Palette. As you drive along the one-way road you wonder if the walls will collapse on you. Quite an interesting set of rock and mineral formations along the drive. Must do in Death Valley NP.

Nice short in and out hike up a red sandstone slot canyon to a natural bridge and dry waterfall. Easy hike to the end.

Nice in and out hike. We started this hike early and enjoyed the view of the sunrise from the peak at the end of the trail. The hike started off in a wash at the end of a dirt road. Transitioned to a slot canyon and ended with a short steeper uphill gravel stretch. As the name implies we did not run across any other hikers along the way.
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Started this hike from Zabriskie Point early in the morning watching the sunrise bounce off the golden red hills as we made our trip counter clockwise around the loop. Going in this direction the first part of the hike is downhill and the return is a gradual upward walk. We elected to go this way to catch the early morning light on the hills and were glad we did. If you go later in the day you may want to start at the bottom and work your way around clockwise. This way gives a gradual up and my leave you some shadow in the canyons to cool down on your way back.

This is a nice loop hike which is on the easy side of moderate. If you don’t mind a few people on the trail I would recommend this trail as the one to take in the area. If you want to be on your own try the in and out Desolate Canyon trail we did not run into anyone.

It's super hot during the day but n awesome feeling. Make sure you carry water and wear full sleeves.

Its a nice place was there during sunset and had a great time.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Its awesome and fun, am surprised that it's not rated by many. I loved it and don't miss it if you're at DV NP.

We arrived just in time to catch the sunset with a storm looming behind us. So glad we stopped, it’s definitely worth the walk,

Fun drive and then some easy rock exploring :)

Completely flat and amazing. Had an otherworldly vibe to it! When we went it was exceptionally windy according to the locals and it was so fun walking on the flats and having the wind whip us around!

Hot but amazing view of the valley !

Beautiful! Go at sunrise if possible.

This is absolutely breath taking. Don’t go at the hottest point of the day or you’ll burn out quickly, it’s a lot harder to walk in the sand than it looks. Keep going past where all of the people are and it will quickly turn silent with almost no footprints. This quickly becomes otherworldly.

Fun hike and great photo opportunities especially during sunset! Difficulty varies depending on how steep the dunes are. Saw a few folks bring a sled or snowboard to go down the dunes. Looked like they had a blast riding down the dunes

Unbearingly hot when we hiked, but amazing to see the salt flats. It looked like it rained recently or got worn out when we hiked. Had to walk far into the flats to see the honeycomb looking structures. Must see in the park!

hiking
3 months ago

As appears to be the norm in Death Valley, in order to get to the parking lot, you have to drive for quite a bit on a dirt track with loose gravel and some larger stones thrown in for good measure. High clearance is not really necessary but it helps.
The hike itself is short and easy and, unlike pretty much anywhere else in Death Valley, you actually have some shadow along the way. The waterfall is pretty, even if in itself fairly unimpressive. The fact that it is in a desert makes it much more exciting, and if you've been in the park for a while before coming here (like we did), seeing the water and green trees was really pleasant.
I wouldn't say that this is necessarily a must-do hike, but if you want to see a slightly unusual part of Death Valley, this is a good spot!

hiking
3 months ago

A really nice hike through a narrow canyon that soon widens only to narrow down again. It's in these narrows that rock slides block the trail and you need to scramble over them. The scramble is not difficult and is actually good fun, just don't expect flat terrain all the way.
Beginning of June, the temperatures easily got over 110, so be sure to carry plenty of water with you if you're planning to hike further into the canyon. On the bright side, in the heat, we had the canyon to ourselves.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Not really an off-road drive at all - in fact, the whole drive is on a narrow, paved one-way road. There is a couple of places to stop and walk around a little bit, which I would definitely recommend. Even if you just want to drive though, you will get some nice views of cool rock formations. Convenient especially in summer when it's too hot to spend too much time outdoors.

hiking
3 months ago

Extremely hot here in June, even the wind felt like a hair drier. You don't really need to hike the whole way as shown on the map here, in fact, the parking lot is directly at the beginning of the canyon and the Natural Bridge is perhaps 10 or 15 minutes up the trail. I still enjoyed the short hike though

Interesting spot to visit. You don't really need to hike very far out to appreciate how hot and inhospitable it is around here.

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