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Tour Artists Drive

A vehicle drives along a single lane black road through colored, eroded hills devoid of vegetation.
A trip through Artists Drive will take you through a geologic rainbow.

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Take your vehicle through Artists Drive and enjoy a scenic view like no other! This nine mile drive will wind you through a patchwork of multicolored, eroded hills. This drive through a geologic rainbow will bring you to Artists Palette viewpoint, where a view from your car, or a short walk, will provide you with views of one of the most photogenic sections. Artists Drive is beautiful anytime of day, but visitors find the colors to be the most dramatic during the afternoon light. This drive is one-way and only open to vehicles less than 25 feet in total length.
Star Wars Fans? Check out the area around Artists Palette parking area for some familiar views! Parts of Star Wars, A New Hope, were filmed in this area.

Star Wars, a New Hope, was filmed in the national park a few decades ago, when that type of filming was permitted. We would not allow the vast majority of the filming that was done now because of the prohibition on commercial filming in wilderness. More permit information can be found on our permits page.
Details
This drive begins 20 minutes from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and will take 25 minutes to complete. 
You may take your pet along roads, to campgrounds, picnic areas, and other developed areas of the park, but they must be restrained or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

Other than service animals, pets are not allowed inside most buildings or on trails (including to Zabriskie Point), but you also can not leave them in your car while you are away. Most pet owners find that both their pets and themselves are happier if the pets are left at home or in a kennel.
Included with entrance fee or acceptable pass. 
From Highway 190 at Furnace Creek, travel 8.5 miles south on Highway 190 to the entrance to Artists Drive. This nine mile drive will exit north on Badwater Road. 
Accessibility Information
This scenic drive does not require exiting your vehicle. The view at Artists Palette can be seen from your car in the front parking spots, or a short walk in the parking lot. 

Last updated: May 25, 2018