Did you ever love playing with chalk as a kid? Well, this scene in the California desert looks like an artist colored the mountains with a giant paint set. Artist’s Palette in Death Valley is over 9 miles of gorgeous rainbow-colored mountains.
You won’t believe your eyes! If you’re looking for an off-the-grid adventure, taking Artist’s Drive through Death Valley is one of the most unique things to do in California. You’ll go through winding canyons and see sharp mountain tops covered in fantastic swirls of color.
There are so many unique things to do in Death Valley. Popular sites include Badwater, the Racetrack, and the Devil’s Golf Course. But, you don’t just need to take our word for it.
You and your best friends can check out the views for yourself. Just make sure to fill up your gas tank and bring plenty of food, water, and sunscreen with you. We do not recommend bringing your furry friends. It gets scorching out there!
You’ll find Artist’s Palette right off Badwater Road. The start of the 9-mile drive is clearly marked, so you can’t miss it. It usually takes people about an hour and a half to drive through the mountains. However, it can vary due to road conditions, how often you stop, and if there are people in front of you.
You’ll find the Artist’s Palette sign about five miles from the start of the drive. When you park, you’ll find a small lot that lets you get out and walk to where the colors pop.
You can take so many colorful photos here. The mountains are colored from a variety of rich minerals and elements found in the soil. The color of the mountains ranges from purple to subtle hues of blue and green.
It’s so beautiful. This is one place you can keep coming back to again and again. It’s incredible up close and the views don’t disappoint.
Artist’s Palette: Death Valley
Location: Artist’s Drive, California
Why you should go: You can drive through 9 miles of beautiful rainbow-colored mountains.
Editor’s note: Please be sure to check the weather conditions before you go. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, plenty of food, water, and respect the signs posted.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.