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ARTISTS PALETTE: How to Visit Death Valley’s Most Mesmerizing Spot

Artists Palette is a technicolor, kaleidiscopic display of multicolored rock in Death Valley National Park that must be seen to be believed.

About Artists Palette

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Artists Palette | Death Valley National Park

Artists Palette is a technicolor, kaleidiscopic display of multicolored rock in Death Valley National Park that must be seen to be believed. Located near the hub of Furnace Creek, Artists Palette is one of the most photographed spots in Death Valley.

Artists Palette is located off of a one way loop road. If you miss the turn off you’ll have to ride back around which could take 40 minutes or more depending on traffic.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Artists Palette is in the evening when temperatures are cooler and the sun hits the rocks just so to really make their color pop. Harsh midday sun mutes the vivid colors and should be avoided if possible. Cloudy days make for great photos in Artists Palette.

RELATED: Comprehensive Death Valley National Park Guide


Things to Note When Visiting Artists Palette

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.

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

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The valley floor of Death Valley National Park

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.


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.​


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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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