Death Valley Photography: A Photographer's Paradise

Death Valley National Park offers a variety of landscapes for photographers. The range and diversity of scenes is simply amazing. From valleys to sand dunes to canyons to salt flats to colorful wildflowers, you can come away with many photos from one national park yet people will think you visited many different locations. Very few places on earth offer as many textures, intense colors and extreme conditions to capture. Below we list some of the best places to photograph in Death Valley National Park to help you plan your photo itinerary.

The Oasis at Death Valley is the ideal base camp for your stay. Centrally located, you can go out and explore the park and get your photographs and then return to the comfort of the resort.

Great Places For Death Valley National Park Photos

Artist's Palette

Artist's Palette

Sprinkled with green, yellow, red and purple, this prismatic terrain was formed by mineral-rich volcano deposits.

The sunsets over the Badwater landscape in Death Valley National Park.

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level, is filled with vast, cracked salt flats that cover the nearly 200 square miles. The intricate salt crystals form surreal patterns across the immense landscape.

Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley

The Devil’s Golf Course

Named after a line in the 1934 National Park Service guide book for Death Valley, which stated that “Only the devil could play golf” on its surface, due to large, sculptural edges of the salt crystal formations.

Sunrise colours on Telescope peak reflected in pond at Badwater

Telescope Peak

Atop the highest point in Death Valley (11,049 ft), one can see for a hundred miles in many directions.

Mesquite Dunes

Mesquite Dunes

Surrounded by mountains on all sides the smooth mounds of sand stand in stark contrast to the jagged purple mountains in the distance.

Death Valley Sand Dunes

Eureka Dunes

The tallest dunes in California are known for an eerie humming caused by the relative motion of moving sand grains. Visit the dunes in the early morning or late afternoon to capture the depth of shadows cast by their ever-changing landscape.

A jeep drives towards Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park.

Titus Canyon West Entrance

Breathtaking, narrow canyons that open into a scenic and seemingly boundless valley.

Super Bloom Of Desert Gold Wildflowers At Sunrise, Death Valley


Dependent upon the year’s precipitation, the desert will occasionally fill with a sea of gold, purple, pink or white flowers in the early spring. Although there are years where blossoms are few, they are never totally absent.

Racetrack Playa - Photo by Dana McMullen

Racetrack Playa

A seasonally dry lake, famous for rocks that mysteriously move across its surface leaving tracks behind them.

The Ghost Town of Rhyolite

The Ghost Town of Rhyolite

Just a few remnants of its glory days can be found in this once booming mining town, including a 3 story bank, jail and train station.

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

Composed of sediment from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up nearly 5 million years ago, this jagged landscape was used to represent the surface of Mars in the film, Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

The Death Valley Charcoal Kilns were used to create charcoal for local mining operations.

Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

Another remnant of Death Valley’s mining history, The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns were completed in 1877 and were used to reduce Pinyon and Juniper tree wood to charcoal in a process of slow burning in low oxygen. This fuel was then transported to mines to feed smelting and ore extraction operations.

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Tree-sized yuccas stand tall in this mountain-rimmed valley.

Scotty's Castle

Scotty’s Castle

Travel back in time to this two-story Spanish Colonial Revival style villa built in the 1920s and experience the stark contrast of the luxurious home against the harsh desert landscape.

Darwin Falls

Darwin Falls

Unlike anything you’d expect to see in the desert, this spring-fed waterfall is surrounded by lush willows and migrating birds in the spring.

Death Valley Ubehebe Crater

Ubehebe Crater

Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and half a mile across.