Artists Palette
Artists Palette
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  • roadtrip_ken_2017
    Oakland, California322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice short drive from the main road
    The side trip from the main road to Badwater along Artist's Drive is a nice and fairly short diversion. Of course the highlight is Artist's Palette, which will only take a few minutes to view, and you can see it right from the parking area just off the road. The rest of the drive is pleasant and occasionally quite interesting as it goes through some of the tighter spots in this badlands area.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Vork Travel
    Saint Louis, Missouri232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So unique and fun hiking!
    This was one of our favorite parts of Death Valley. The colors are varied and unlike anything else. As a note, there is a parking lot. You may initially see cars parked along the road, but I would suggest going to the parking lot. If you are able to, it is well worth it to go explore around once you are here. Some of the paths are steep and challenging, but there are some easier paths too.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,755 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Colors in the Dirt
    As I said in another review, Death Valley has the most amazing and geographic oddities and attractions of any place in the world. However, nowhere have I ever seen a place where the ground has such a diversity of color within such a confined space. Artist Drive is one of the premier attractions and Must Do in Death Valley. However, the single place that best demonstrates the rich and diverse colors is Artist Palette. Here is such a small area the chemistry of the soil makes a tremendous difference the color from pink to green to purple to orange to brown. It truly is incredible to see, and we saw it on a cloudy day. What is equally amazing is how the colors can change so drastically with changes in the light. You can still see it on a cloudy day, but it is so much better in the sun. Still, this is simply a place you must see on any visit to DVNP.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
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Justin P
Raleigh, NC4,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Artist's Palette is an area where oxidized minerals have created amazing colorful hills. There is a small parking area along Artist's Drive, which doesn't have many other places to pull over. The hills are visible from the overlook, but we scrambled down and climbed around in the hills, there are a number of paths to get around. It's absolutely beautiful, recommend arriving early or late in the day for best lighting. A must-see if visiting Death Valley.
Written February 6, 2023
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Gary
Culver City, CA2,463 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
About 4.5 miles into the Artist's Drive loop you will reach Artist's Palette. From the parking lot several trails and walks branch out in a few directions. You can walk towards the formations to get a closer view. Or, what I did was walk up the hill kind of behind the parking lot and towards the road to get an elevated view of the formations.
Written March 5, 2021
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PrMichaelM
Des Moines, IA677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
That’s saying something, isn’t it??! Given the difference between reviews for the drive and the actual location, a good number of folks don’t bother to walk closer to the Artists Palette. Unpaved and with some elevation, so not recommended for all to be sure, but if you can get down there and explore around a bit, what a fun spot for a brief stop, hike and photo-op. The colors are fantastic and if it was the most memorable spot for my 17 year old, well, it must be good!
Written March 5, 2021
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KenVicLee
Huntington Beach, CA2,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It was cool, don't get me wrong. But as I put in my review of Artists Drive, during the day we visited the drive was more entertaining than the actual vantage point. I have seen, photos, however, and know how beautiful it can be. Maybe next time we will go for sunset.
Written May 4, 2022
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cynlouhoo
British Columbia, Canada302 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We packed in a huge amount of sightseeing in a 2 day trip. I made hubby stop here as we were on the Artists Drive.
The parking lot was fairly tight and I guess we pretty much could view from the car. But, if you want a little break and need a bathroom, this is a nice place to do it
Written February 21, 2020
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My son and I drove out to Artist's Palette on our visit to Death Valley. Artist's Palette is an area in Death Valley where the mountain side is many different colors. The colors are created by the various minerals that are in the sands and rocks. Most photos don't quite capture the colors. Seeing them in person helped me to see how many different colors were there. It is a very beautiful place and it is easy to visit in Death Valley.
Written June 14, 2022
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roadtrip_ken_2017
Oakland, CA322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The side trip from the main road to Badwater along Artist's Drive is a nice and fairly short diversion. Of course the highlight is Artist's Palette, which will only take a few minutes to view, and you can see it right from the parking area just off the road. The rest of the drive is pleasant and occasionally quite interesting as it goes through some of the tighter spots in this badlands area.
Written January 1, 2024
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S Degen
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Recommend taking this one way loop. The various colors of the rocks are quite impressive. The park was surprisingly busy between Christmas and New Years, so the stops in Death Valley were crowded. But the whole park is amazing.
Written January 7, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
As I said in another review, Death Valley has the most amazing and geographic oddities and attractions of any place in the world. However, nowhere have I ever seen a place where the ground has such a diversity of color within such a confined space. Artist Drive is one of the premier attractions and Must Do in Death Valley. However, the single place that best demonstrates the rich and diverse colors is Artist Palette.

Here is such a small area the chemistry of the soil makes a tremendous difference the color from pink to green to purple to orange to brown. It truly is incredible to see, and we saw it on a cloudy day. What is equally amazing is how the colors can change so drastically with changes in the light. You can still see it on a cloudy day, but it is so much better in the sun. Still, this is simply a place you must see on any visit to DVNP.
Written May 6, 2024
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Robert P
Dunwoody, GA207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a nice short drive off of the road to Badwater Basin. It's quite scenic and well worth the time to drive it and take a few very short hikes at pull-offs to explore the features. We saw it in the morning, but the lighting would be best in the evening or at least some time from mid-day on.
Written April 12, 2021
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