CA – Death Valley NP – Zabriskie Point, Be Still My Heart

If you’re an early bird, and appreciate shapes, shadows, colors, and textures, this is the place to be. First photo was taken at 6:25am, last at 6:55am. No need for words, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Absolutely breathtaking!

Next visit I plan to hike the Bandlands/Golden Canyon/Gower Gulch loop. I want to the inside view of these badlands. 

Date(s) Hiked: February 26, 2016

Road Trip Day(s) #7 out of 88

Jan’s Tips:

  • You’ll want to know time of sunrise and time to drive to Zabriskie Point if you want best lighting.
  • I found the camping to be a bit challenging. I’m not a desert rat and don’t really like being packed into tight quarters with nearly zero privacy. Dispersed camping is somewhat limited if you don’t have an appropriate vehicle (ask for the map at the Visitor Center). I stayed at Stovepipe Wells CG and learned you can drive to the back of the RV spots for a bit of privacy and protection from the ever present wind.
  • Fill your tank before entering the Park. It’s a BIG park. There are a couple places in the Park to refuel if necessary, but of course you’ll pay the convenience price.
  • I found the temperatures uncomfortably warm even though it was only late February. Highs during the day were in the high 80’s low 90’s, nighttime temps were in the high 40’s to high 50’s. Shade was a rare commodity. I found myself hanging out at the Visitor Center when I needed a break. Another great option is the canyons or heading for higher elevation.

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