Death Valley National Park

Attraction

Peaks and View Points

Don't forget your camera

Death Valley National Park offers many memorable photo opportunities; several just a few steps from leaving your car; so grab your camera, plan your route and start snapping. 

Dante's View

Looking out across Death Valley and Badwater Basin, one of the most breathtaking view points in the park for sunrise. See the Panamint Mountains towering over the gleaming white salt flats and on a clear day, the Sierra Nevadas are visible far west on the horizon.

Zabriskie Point

Most famous at sunset but equally as beautiful at sunrise, this viewpoint looks across the park and the yellow, brown and black badlands of the Furnace Creek formation. As the light hits the ravines and hills at the edge of the Black Mountains the orange, red and yellow colours become more prominent. Enjoy a 2.5 mile hike along Badlands loop which starts and finishes here.

Telescope Peak

Being the highest point in Death Valley, the view from the top is more than two miles high and overlooks Badwater Basin; the lowest point in North America. The vertical drop between Telescope Peak and Badwater Basin is twice the depth of The Grand Canyon. A 14-mile hiking trail winds through stunning vistas of Death Valley National Park, up along the wind-swept ridge to the top of Telescope Peak. 

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

With 3 types of dunes; crescent, linear and star shaped, this is the largest dune field in Death Valley National Park and surrounded by mountains on all sides. These dunes have been used in many films including the Star Wars series and are easily accessed from the road, so you can witness the ripples and graceful curves of the sand shaped by the wind.

Artist's Drive

Drive along this 9 mile, scenic loop road through volcanic sedimentary hills and canyons, many of which are covered in layers of colour. Artist's Palette is a popular photographed spot along this drive and is especially beautiful in the late afternoon light.

Essential Information

  • Useful Information:  National Parks across the United States of America charge an entrance fee year-round from approx. $25 per vehicle (prices are subject to change). If you are planning on visiting more than one National Park on your trip to the USA, then consider the 'America the Beautiful Pass' which costs approx. $80 and provides you access to more than 2,000 National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges annually. Please visit www.nps.gov for more information.