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Death Valley National Park announced that starting December 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding areas will be closed for major rehabilitation work to the site. Contractors will be on site to repair unstable support walls and improve safety conditions. Currently, the walls are deteriorating to the extent that they pose a danger to public safety.
The popular vista was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and was named after the company's vice president and general manager, Christian Zabriskie. The site was originally intended as a waystop for visitors in automobiles to see Manly Beacon, the prominent landmark in Death Valley's "Badlands". It remains as one of the most visited areas within the park.
Other venues in the area to visit during the closure recommended by park staff are Golden Canyon, Artist's Drive, or Dante's View for exceptional vistas of the valley floor and distant peaks. To plan your trip to the park, see www.nps.gov/deva.
During construction, CA Hwy 190 will remain open to through traffic.