Zabriskie Point

EASY 98 reviews

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

0.4 miles
52 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching


no dogs

Surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands, this short hike to a 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.

1 day ago

Visited in 2/17 or sunset. Arrive right before the sun went down. The trail was pretty crowder. the scene was beautiful.

9 days ago

Super short, easy. Nice views.

19 days ago

Not so much of a trail as it is a landmark. One you should definitely include in your Death Valley itinerary. Breathtaking view of the badlands!

27 days ago

Not really a hike but you can get up and down in about 5 minutes. It’s has great views though.

1 month ago

Very easy. We went right before sunrise. Absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend during sunrise.

Not a hike but a great view

2 months ago

high reward and payoff for a nealy nonexistent hike. amazing view

3 months ago

Best place for sunrise in Death Valley. Really nice paved path and places to sit at the top to watch the sun come up.

4 months ago

Not really a hike, just a short walk to the AMAZING viewpoint. Really pretty!

4 months ago

It's not much of a hike, but the view was amazing, couldn't believe it was true. Will cherish the moment for a lifetime... Its awesome awesome awesome and its a MUST!!

4 months ago

Easy little walk from the parking lot with extraordinary views. You can walk into the canyons and explore as well! There’s no set path once into the canyon from the view point.

6 months 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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Worth the small hike. Such a cool formation.

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10 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.

10 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.

10 months ago

A must see

11 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

11 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)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

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!

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