The most spectacular (says us) sunrise in Death Valley National Park is not Zabriskie Point but across the valley at Aguereberry Point.
About Aguereberry Point
The most popular sunrise spot in Death Valley National Park is Zabriskie Point. However if you want to see the most spectacular (says us) sunrise in the park you’ll have to cross the valley and view it from the other side at Aguereberry Point.
Whereas Zabriskie Point faces away from the sun, Aguereberry Point looks directly at it creating a more dazzling display of colors and light to usher in the day.
Aguereberry is certainly more remote than Zabriskie and as a result far less crowded. When we visited we were the only ones there versus Zabriskie which is almost always packed.
Visitors can drive right up to the point without a hike.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Aguereberry Point is at sunrise for the most spectacular sunrise (says us) in Death Valley National Park. Sunset is also a good time to visit but pales in comparison to sunrise.
Things to Note When Visiting Aguereberry Point
Entrance Fees: The fee to enter Death Valley is $30 per vehicle. If you plan on visiting more than 1 national park this year we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which can be found at the entrance gates to most national parks or online here). This pass gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.
Guide: I highly recommend this one.
Map: I use this one.
Location: Aguereberry Point is on the Wildrose side of the park, 45mins from Stovepipe Wells.
Provisions: Make sure to pack plenty of food & water.
Sunscreen: For many of us visiting national parks in the summer means lots of sun. Seriously, some of these parks can zap you if you don’t wear sunscreen. We happen to like this one because it works AND it’s not full of a bunch of chemicals.
Leave No Trace: We’re big fans of Leave No Trace, here at MTJP. Want to learn more? Read about the seven principals of Leave No Trace here.
About Death Valley
Situated on California’s southeastern border with Nevada, Death Valley National Park spans over 5,000 square miles of otherworldly vistas. The largest national park in the continental United States, Death Valley is a park for superlatives.
Death Valley is the hottest place on earth, the lowest place in North America, and the driest place in the United States. Death Valley is also the largest National Park outside of Alaska.
The Death Valley Video
In the remote far reaches of the Mojave Desert lies the largest national park in the continental United States. Hidden here in the hottest place on earth is another world full of diverse life and colorful landscapes.
Join us as we take life to the extreme and explore Death Valley. Filmed primarily in 8K.