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Artists Palette

Address: 11 mi south of Furnace Creek off Badwater Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Ontario
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Come early though. I would suggest thirty minutes before sunset. There are hills to the West that cast a shadow over the palette. There is a short hike to the summit. Some slippery gravel but not too dangerous.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

The color was not as spectacular as advertised. There're other similar geologic formations elsewhere on earth that have more contrasting natural colors e.g. Iceland, China. I was glad my tour didn't spend too much time there - 10 to 15 min was more than enough. Better spend more time in other more unique attractions/viewpoints in this national park.

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Ferndale, California, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Loved hiking on the colors, but you can just drive by if you want to. The colors change depending on the lighting and time of day.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Artist's Palette was the most beautiful thing we saw in Death Valley. The colors were unbelievable! This loop drive on the way back from Badwater is so worth taking!

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Bytom, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The view is spectacular. If you are a nature photographer, you will not be disappointed. Beautiful colors, geologic formations, desert landscape. Just WOW.

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Los Altos, California
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Mother Nature at her best. The views are fabulous and the colors breathtaking. Highly recommend this hike. Go as far as you want or make a day of it with a picnic.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Artists Palette is very beautiful. I also enjoy the one-way Artist drive. However, many people would stop earlier in the very beginning of the drive for a place looked like Artist Palette, which is not (and the scenery quite mediocre). It take more than 10 minutes to see the Artists Palette.

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Cupertino
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Hike to the right of the palettes for better view. Colors are best in bright sun slightly to the west.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We generally visit Death Valley in the spring or fall so temperatures are not so high. If you take the time to check out Artist's Drive then Artist Palette is a stop along the way. Lots of spectacular colors!! Generally best in the morning or afternoon before the bright sunlight washes the colors out a bit. Not strenuous and worth... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The colors are most visible and easiest to photograph in the early morning. If you wait until the sun is shining bright, you can still see the colors but they are washed out when you try to take a good picture.

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