The Best Photography in Death Valley

Looking for the best photography in Death Valley? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Death Valley. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Death Valley

  • Inyo County, California

    Explore Skidoo Road

    Skidoo Road is the first dirt road on the left you encounter when driving Emigrant Canyon Road.  The road is suitable for any car until you reach an old mine on the right atop a hill.  Directly to the left is a prospector's wood cabin.  Both are in very good condition and worthy of a stop to chec...
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  • Death Valley, California

    Explore Grotto Canyon

    2.1 mi / 649 ft gain
    This is a rewarding hike with immediate payoff. After less than half a mile, you'll come across dry falls. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. Make sure your vehicle has 4WD to avoid getting stuck in the deep sand in the parking area and on the drive. 
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  • Inyo County, California

    Explore the Eureka Mine and the Cashier Mill

    The Eureka Mine was a gold mine founded by Shorty Harris and Pete Aguereberry. Pete won a legal battle and took control of the mine in 1909. It is said that the mine kept Pete making money for 40 years and earned $175,000 from the mine. That was at $20 per ounce. At current gold prices, the amoun...
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  • Inyo County, California

    Explore Aguereberry Camp

    Pete Agueberry came Death Valley in 1905. After a legal battle, Pete gained control of the Eureka Mine in 1909. He worked the mine alone for nearly 40 years before his death. The original cabin that Pete lived in is still on the site. The buildings in the front were built in the 1940's as guest h...
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  • Harrisburg, California

    Drive Aguereberry Point Road

    This was one of the more enjoyable drives I did in the park. I explored the area late one afternoon, checking out Aguereberry Camp and the Eureka Mine when I decided to explore further up to the end of Aguereberry Road.  The drive is awesome, especially late in the day.  The road is accessible b...
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  • Death Valley, California

    Photographing the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

    4.9
    The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are the most photographed dunes at Death Valley National Park. To reach the dune’s parking lot from Furnace Creek, drive 22 miles west on Highway 190. Three miles before you reach Stovepipe Wells, the dunes will be clearly visible from the road and you’ll turn right i...
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  • Inyo County, California

    Hike the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

    5.0
    0.9 mi / 26 ft gain
    The trail is a loop boardwalk. At the furthest point, there is a sandy footpath that will lead you to a creek and will provide a more secluded experience. Interpretive signs have been placed strategically on the trail, pointing out species of interest. The endangered pupfish is found in this cree...
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  • Inyo County, California

    Camp at Texas Spring Campground, Death Valley NP

    This is one of the best campgrounds in Death Valley that gives you the true experience of camping in the middle of a desert. The campground is surrounded with badlands and hills where you can climb to explore and see a panoramic view of mountains all around.Texas Spring campground offers 92 sites...
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  • Furnace Creek, California

    Hike the Gower Gulch Trail

    4.2 mi / 688 ft gain
    The Gower Gulch Trail is a surreal desert landscape. Golden Canyon is very colorful, and the short side trail to Red Cathedral i swell worth the scramble up the dry falls. The view of the valley from a higher vantage point is priceless. The portion of the hike in Gower Gulch features subtle canyo...
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  • Furnace Creek, California

    Hike Golden Canyon, Death Valley

    5.0
    1.5 mi / 685 ft gain
    Golden Canyon is located about 10 minutes south of Furnace Creek in Death Valley NP, on Badwater Road. Entering "Golden Canyon, Death Valley" into your phone or GPS will take you to the Golden Canyon parking area. The trail starts right off the parking lot and goes for about 1.5 miles to Red Cath...
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  • West Side Road, California

    Explore Artist's Palette at Death Valley National Park

    4.0
    2 mi
    Let’s just start this off by saying,  PREPARE FOR THE HEAT. Death Valley has the highest recorded temperature on earth at over 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you are planning to visit in the summer…be ready.  Luckily,  Artist’s Palette is not far from the parking the area and the saving grace of Air...
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  • Inyo County, California

    Camp at Death Valley's Wildrose Campground

    There is a ton to see here, exploring Death Valley is the perfect way to spend a weekend away. We decided to explore it with a group of friends on motorcycles but a car will do just fine too.Death Valley is located in Eastern California's Mojave Desert. From LA, take highway 395 and meet up with ...
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  • Furnace Creek, California

    Zabriskie Point

    4.7
    0.29 mi / 7 ft gain
    Zabriskie Point is a unique viewpoint in Death Valley National Park located just east of Furnace Creek on Hwy 190. The viewpoint is just a short stroll from the parking lot, so it’s great for groups and families. When you reach the viewpoint, you’ll be overlooking the epic maze of finely ridged b...
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  • DEATH VALLEY, California

    Badlands Loop in Death Valley

    4.6
    2.56 mi / 463 ft gain
    The Badlands Loop is a surreal 2.5 mile walk down into the gullies and gulches below Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. The loop takes you past distinct rock formations, through mud tiled washes, past old abandoned borax mines and finally up above the eroded arteries to a fantastic view of an other...
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  • DEATH VALLEY, California

    Explore Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley

    4.0
    It is said that "only the devil could play golf on such rough links." Just off Badwater Road you will find an immense field of eroded rock salt that bore small jagged spires in the Earth. What was once Lake Manly is now a surreal sight - one that makes you wonder what planet you are on. Devil's G...
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  • Inyo County, California

    Hike the Hummingbird Spring Trail

    2 mi / 850 ft gain
    This hike was amazing to me. This trail in not listed on any park service map. If you have the Death Valley National Geographic Map, there is a trail noted at the base of Pinon Mesa (which is not really a mesa so don't look for it) that leads to Hummingbird Spring. Since there was a noted trail ...
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