Explore the most popular trails near Furnace Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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scenic driving
1 month 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.

2 months ago

Memorable colors, fairly crowded

scenic driving
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Walk the trail. The pictures you see are not from the parking lot.

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4 months ago

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

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hiking
5 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
5 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
6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

The time of day really affects the colors and saturation on the mountains. 5pm was a good time to really see the unique colors of the mountains!

scenic driving
7 months ago

Easy drive on paved a road. Beautiful scenery.

7 months ago

Beautiful drive but not an off road trip

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.

Didn’t walk the trail, but drove Artists’ Drive to Artists’ Palette in the late afternoon (began at 4pm in January) and loved it. Perfect time to see the beautiful, subtle colors there. The drive is great fun and fascinating ! Planning to redo it in the morning light.

7 months ago

The colors here are so pretty and old. I think the best time to see these awesome hills would be sunset although they were pretty dark around 10am! Some of the hills were even glowing pinkish and purplish/blue

8 months ago

Just stopped and did quick walk from viewpoint. Not much hiking but was beautiful at sunset.

8 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

8 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
8 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

hiking
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.

scenic driving
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yes do it

hiking
Thursday, April 07, 2016

We’ve done this twice, and still have more hiking to do; we fly in to Vegas, drive to Yosemite and stop at Death Valley and stay at the Furnace Creek Ranch for a night. In Vegas in 2013 it was 116 degrees and our shoes were melting on the pavement. We got to Death Valley and drove up 5000 feet to Dante’s View – it was only about 100 degrees at the top and the Ridge hike was really cool… the views are spectacular. Next we drove down the mountain and sweltered up to Zabriskie Point… even though it was around 123 degrees in the shade… the sand dunes were painted in gold. We next drove to the Visitor Center – it was 129 degrees! The A/C inside was a life saver. From there we checked in at Furnace Creek and later played a round at the Devil’s Golf Course [you’ll figure out quickly why you can’t find your ball] and then hit Badwater, 282 feet below sea level. On the way back we drove up Artist’s Ridge Road and checked out the multi-colored Artist’s Palette, and then went back to the motel for some more A/C. Death Valley is quite an experience. Heed the warnings to avoid hiking on salt flats or anywhere below sea level when it's hot; seriously you lose water just as fast as you drink it. Don’t "save H2O for later;” be sure to drink as you hike. If feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated. We heard about a man who started out on the Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail (only a 1 mile trail), which is great at sunset and gleams like gold (4 miles north of Artist Palette) - but don’t be tempted in the heat; he only had two water bottles; he told his wife to meet him with the car on the other end; sadly he never showed up and didn’t survive. Also in 2014 Harry Potter star Dave Legeno died of heat stroke at aged 50 while hiking in Death Valley. HEED the warnings.
The next morning we hit the Mesquite Sand Dunes at sunrise, exited Death Valley and drove on to Father Crowley point, on to Lone Pine and up 395 toward the much cooler Sierras. Death Valley is a must see National Park. Highly recommend it and take the longer hikes during cooler weather.

hiking
Friday, February 28, 2014

This place is unreal. I recommend the Golden Canyon trail to Zabriskie Point. Zabriskie Point at sunrise and Artist Palette at sunset. Do at least one canyon hike as well... Fall, Mosaic, or Natural Bridge.

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