Another fabulous weekend in Death Valley

Zabriskie Point Sunrise
Zabriskie Point Sunrise

Mary and I just came back from our 5th Death Valley trip.  We have been to this national park more than any other.  It is not the closest to our home, but it is near enough, interesting enough, and varied enough to deserve many multiple trips.  We had two great sunsets, a spectacular sunrise, and a Desert Gold flower “super bloom.”  Here is what we saw.

There is a lot to see and do, but I do have a punch list we need to do every time and I have added two more must see locations.  You can do all of this in good light in a three day weekend.

Sunrise at Zabriskie Point

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Sunset at the Devil’s Golf Course

Sunset at Devil's Golf Course

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Early morning at the sand dunes

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We also have infrared cameras that are ideal for mid-day shooting.  Taking the Badlands loop hike from Zabdriskie Point gives you a close-up view of Manley Beacon and the Red Cathedral.


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Cottonball Basin

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Desert Gold Super-bloom

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Sunset at Badwater Basin

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In peak season staying in the Park is not cheap.  We always recommend one nice dinner at the Furnace Creek Inn Dining Room.

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  1. sangeeta

    Amazing captures!! We are going to DV this weekend.Which will be the best point to capture the beautiful sunset ? We will be travelling with 2 kids 🙂

    1. pamphotography

      You will have an amazing time. We like Badwater and Devil’s Golf Course for sunset. You might be tempted to go to Zabriskie point – but we think it is much better for sunrise. Have a great time….

    1. Anonymous

      Lidia – thank you for the kind words. We’re glad you enjoyed our blog about Death Valley. We’re excited to start exploring other parts of the country and look forward to sharing them here.

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