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Artist’s Palette

Artist’s Palette

Artist’s Palette is a popular natural attraction located in the Death Valley National Park in California. The stunning rock formation is a must-visit for nature-lovers and hikers exploring the park.

It is aptly named because the formation’s different surfaces reflect a myriad of breathtaking colors.

Artist’s Palette, Overlook, View & Drive, Sunset, Death Valley National Park

This is one of the few places around the world where you can see multi-colored rock surfaces right next to each other. The colors are varied and include, but are not limited, to brown, purple, green, black, and even pink. These enchanting views create an unforgettable experience, and it’s magical to see all the colors come together in the canyon where the rock formation is located.

Artist’s Palette has a fascinating geologic explanation for its amazing colors. First, the park’s deep canyons are known to be the result of severe flash floods that have happened in the park over the years. Color formation of the rocks is attributed to the process of iron oxidation.

Iron, which is present in many rocks across the park, undergoes oxidation following exposure to oxygen and water. Depending on the presence of other different minerals in the rock, the surface of the rocks may change to form any of the colors mentioned above. Touring Artist’s Palette is an incredible experience that allows visitors to learn about the park’s geologic history and marvel at its colorful panorama.

Artist’s Palette is located close to the Badwater Basin Area in the park, and it is accessible using Artist’s Drive. The drive leads up to a small parking area from where you can spot the multi-colored rocks in the distance. There are trails from the parking area for those who would love a close-up view of the stunning rocks.

Visitors need to note that while the Artist Drive is impressive and easy to access, it is pretty curvy and features several dips, making it important to exercise caution. The five-mile drive offers some of the most scenic views.

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Death Valley National Park
Artists Dr, Furnace Creek, CA

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Open 24 hours

Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Mon - Sun: 8am - 5pm

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Weekly Pass
Vehicle: $30
Motorcycle: $25
Individual: $15

Death Valley Annual Pass: $55

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