Zabriskie Point

EASY 70 reviews

Zabriskie Point is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shoshone, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.4 miles
49 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



no dogs

Short hike to amazing view of dunes, lakebed. Great for sunsets and sunrises. Surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands, this spectacular view is one of the park's most famous. Zabriskie Point is a popular sunrise and sunset viewing location. The viewpoint is a short walk uphill from the parking area. Located east of Furnace Creek on Hwy 19.

21 days ago

Not much of a hike or even a walk from the parking lot but the view of the badlands is simply beautiful, especially at sunset and, I imagine, sunrise.

2 months ago

Loved this for the early morning Sun. Blue light was amazing!

3 months ago

Worth the small hike. Such a cool formation.

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4 months ago

Multiple different ways on to the path, look around. Death Valley is large so not all paths are well marked but tread paths are clear.

4 months ago

This is breathtaking. Don't worry about those saying that it's too populated. Definitely take the short trail to the overlook and then get away from the crowds by exploring down below. You'll get up close and personal with some seriously gorgeous scenery and won't see another human.

4 months ago

A must see

5 months ago

Its a very beautiful Trail thats why I give it 5 STARS....... BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be for-warned this is a tourist trail everybody and there brother including Grandma will be on this with you. I left and came back at 5:00am to hike it alone but about 7 I started seeing people and it started to suck so I left and went to 20 Mule Canyon . See my review at 20 Mule

5 months ago

Wow there are a lot of people here—even at 6 am! The view is nice but not worth the crowds and loud people at sunrise.

Instead of watching sunset there, go do the Golden Canyon Hike this early (in the same badlands and canyon) and watch the sun rise up the ridges (its bright enough by 30 minutes before sunrise so you can see well)

6 months ago

Did the full hike from Zabriskie Point to Golden Canyon and back. Took 5hrs in total with the only strenuous part being the upwards hike towards the beginning of Golden Canyon (on the way back). Zabriskie Point offers a hike up to a picturesque view point. Another trail leads into Zabriskie where exploration is as free as can be. Very incredible formations, a museum of geological processes. Parts of the floor are cracked from scorching heat, rather fun to play around. The trail eventually leads to the badlands where the hike up the ridges give stunning views and one can navigate the ridges like intersected highways. This eventually leads to the Golden Valley, with the highlight being Manly Beacon and the Red Cathedral, beautiful natural structures of the desert. The eye adjust to the few shades of colors during the summer, creating an eccentric visual trip. A highlight of 2wd accessible Death Valley.

9 months ago

Not really a hike, a short walk to incredible scenery! Would definitely go again.

10 months ago

Sunrise is spectacular there. That's why you go - not for the "hike."

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nice, paved road up to a viewpoint. Beautiful views, but it feels like you're in an oven!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

My favorite view point of all my stops in Death Valley.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Quick and easy. Good photo op

Friday, April 28, 2017

I read somewhere else of an alternative route for stunning photos... When you approach the trail to the lookout point, head to the right and climb up and along the ridge... Definitely more advanced and parts are hairy... but if you have footwork and nerves of steel, head on up! Be careful though, as there is a lot of loose rock here and steep on both sides at times... Trekking poles may prove useful for this alternative route.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Great little observation point when entering the park. Beautiful panoramic views

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paved trail with nice view look for smiley face canyon

Monday, November 14, 2016

fab views!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Easy 2 minute walk up. Beautiful view!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

EASY walk up a paved path to a overlook, of the very cool Badlands Must do in DVNP!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Went here with my mom after we hiked out of the Grand Canyon! Easy walk up a hill to see some amazing views! Very hot-it was 125 degrees when we were here!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The view from Zabriskie Point is great, but the real fun is when you hike down into the badlands. It can be easy to get lost, but the terrain is pretty easy to walk on.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Such an awesome view. Very easy hike (small walk uphill on a paved trail) and it feels like nothing on the lungs because you are sea level. Definitely head here on your way to Zabriske's View.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

short walk to amazing views!

Monday, February 24, 2014

For all of you who want a hike through what you see from Zabriskie Point, hike to or from Golden Canyon. Trail is well marked. I started at Golden Canyon, hiked to Zabriskie Point, and hiked back to my car via the Gower Gulch trail.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It's really just a view point. Easy walk to some great views. Bring your camera!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Drove from Vegas where it was 118 in the shade and tennis shoes were melting on the parking lot pavement, drove up and down to Dante's View and then came to Zabriskie Point in the late afternoon where it really felt like an oven at 123 degrees. We'd been here before in late afternoon several years ago with it 107 degrees. Took the short less than a quarter mile walk up to the viewing point, with the sun shining into our faces as we looked over the valley, lighting up the dunes behind us with a bright yellow glow. Still more of a walk than a hike, you still need water as your sweat evaporates. The view into the valley will be best in the morning light. This is one of the must stops in Death Valley when you visit.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Not much of a hike, more like a walk... but incredible view and a way to experience Death Valley... At Zabriskie Point, it was like an oven at 107F @5:30PM. We climbed to an overlook over sand dunes, crusty rock formations and a salt-crusted lakebed. Pretty desolate, but the dunes are striking and neat place for sunrise or sunsets.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Short walk and awesome views even during the middle of the day.

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