Artists Drive

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Artists Drive is a 9.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Furnace Creek, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.7 miles
1653 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

off road driving

no shade

One of the popular off road drives in Death Valley National Park.

scenic driving
17 days ago

Really pretty rock formations. Get out and hike otherwise you'll miss so much.

1 month ago

Get out of the car and hike. Otherwise you don’t see the good stuff.

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2 months ago

This is more than a drive- I'm not sure everyone realizes that. There are a couple of different trails to hike along the drive and I really encourage it. Some of the overlooks show you a spectacular color show you won't see if you just stay in the car.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Amazing rock colors and geologic formations, go slow, people are walking along roadside and you won't see them until the last second!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Seen via a fun, mini roller-coaster kind of drive off the main road. Brilliant colors and aptly named. A must for photographers.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Easy drive on paved a road. Beautiful scenery.

Beautiful drive but not an off road trip

4 months ago

Not an off road trail, but full of great dips and curves in addition to the amazing colors and rock formations! Definitely a must-do in Death Valley.

5 months ago

I think this is where the gods tap off the excess pigment off their brushes. Its gorg. When the sun shines is when it paints best

scenic driving
6 months ago

A little underwhelming compared to the other exhibits in the area. It's just a 10 mile drive one way through twists and turns, leading you through pastel colored hills. I would do it again but it's not something super high on the priority list next time I visit DV.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Did this at sunset, the colors really jump out in the twilight

Friday, May 19, 2017

We did not do the whole artist's palette trail but the different colors of the rocks are definitely noticeable. There are different platforms and rocks that you can climb, overlooking the entire area.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This drive was lovely and scenic. It isn't a dirt road thou, so this isn't off roading at all.

We went in February and we're lucky it had been freshly paved. The contrast between the fresh black and the landscape was stunning.

Be careful of the two literal dips in the road. They are quite deep.

As an aside, we did a hiking trail through the canyon going in one dip and out the other. To date this is our favorite 'trail' in the park. It's about 4.5 miles of solitude and beauty.

Both this drive and the trail are highly recommended. I would give the drive 4 stars but the trail 5.

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