Zabriske point - Death Valley National Forest
Location : Zabriske point, Death Valley National Forest
Address : Click here.
Tree Cover : No treecover. Sunscreen recommended.
Parking : Parking near trailhead, click here.
Note : Pets not allowed. Take plenty of water with you.
Note : Death valley gets pretty hot in summer so carry plenty of water with you. Also pets are not allowed on this trail.
Zabriske point is only a 100 yards up a steep paved trail from the parking lot. Like other adventurous hikers you may also do the longer hikes Badlands loop and Gold canyon hikes starting from the same trailhead.
In a move to preserve the frontier nature of the desert and to attract more guests to the inn, the borax company initiated the move to protect Death Valley. It became a national monument in 1933 and a national park in 1994. The transition from mining to tourism proved to be the saving grace for the mining company and Death Valley.
Three to five million years ago - before the deepest part of Death Valley had formed - shimmering lakes filled a long, mountain-rimmed valley here. Fine silt and volcanic ash washed into the lake, settling to the bottom, ultimately creating the thick deposit of clay, sandstone and siltstone that make up the Furnace Creek Formation. These once-level layers are being tilted by seismic activity and pressure that is folding the ancient valley's floor. As the layers uplifted and were exposed, periodic rainstorms cause powerful gullywashers that erode the soft rocks into the chaotic yet strangely beautiful landscape we see today.
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