Zabriskie Point, Death Valley

As I was driving up to Dante’s View, I pulled into the parking area for Zabriskie Point. A short hike later and I was looking at one of the most impressive and starkly beautiful views in Death Valley. Spread out before me was a maze of wildly eroded and multi-colored badlands. Off to the northwest, Manly Beacon reached for the sky. White salt flats shone on the valley floor in the distance. A few steps in the wrong direction and I would be swallowed up by Gower Gulch. I jumped over the wall anyway to get as close to the edge as possible, to see what I could find.