Trip Idea

Star Wars Tour of Death Valley

Multiple Parks

A park ranger stands next to a gold robot, shaking hands, in the desert.
Topic(s) Ancient Seas, Canyons and Canyonlands, Geology, Mineral Deposits, Scenic Views, Roads, Routes and Highways, Photography, Mountains, Night Sky, Rock Landscapes and Features
Activities Scenic Driving
Parks Death Valley National Park

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.
Star Wars Filming Locations- How to Visit
  • Death Valley National Park

    Drive Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Twenty Mule Team Canyon
    • Duration: 15–30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
    A dirt road through bare brown and yellow striped hills.

    A short scenic drive along an unpaved road through colorful badlands.

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  • Death Valley National Park

    Tour Artists Drive

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Artists Drive
    • Duration: 25–45 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    A vehicle drives along a single lane road through colorful, eroded hills.

    Enjoy a scenic drive through a geologic rainbow! Artists Drive is a one-way, nine mile (14.5 km) drive which passes through eroded, colorful desert hills. Artists Palette (a viewpoint) has the most colorful scenery along the road.

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Last updated: October 6, 2020