GPS Coordinates: 36.423063, -116.825493 (36°25’23.0″N 116°49’31.8″W)
Manly Beacon is a towering spire that rises above the Death Valley badlands. From the Zabriskie vantage point towards Northwest, you will see the impressive Manly Beacon rising above the orange and yellow colored badlands.
This place was named after and in honor of William Manly. Manly, along with John Rogers, guided members of the ill-fated Forty-Niners out of Death Valley during the gold rush in 1849.
Adventure seekers and hikers who would want to venture into the badlands could access the Manly Beacon from a trail that stems out of the Golden Canyon Loop Trail from the North. You could also take the Gower Gulch from the south to Zabriskie Point. You could also start off venturing the canyons from Zabriskie point itself. Frankly, I feel that the view from the first trail off the Golden Canyon Loop Trail is the best.
Further right from the Manly Beacon trail is the Red Cathedral Cliffs. Towards the south, you will see the multicolored mountains that tower behind the Artist’s Palette. Beneath are the upper reach of the Gower Gulch.
Best Time to Visit / Photograph
Best time during any time of the day when the Sun is not high up in the sky. This is usually around sunrise and before sunset. Another interesting time is during the full moon – now that is a whole different experience by itself. Also avoid during the summer, as the temperature can go to the extremes.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Digital Camera with Ultra Wide or Normal to Mid-Range Zoom Lens
- Cable shutter release or Remote Shutter Release
- Steady Tripod
- High powered flashlight for light painting and regular night time use
- Layered clothing to adapt to the changing weather
- Carry plenty of water and snacks to keep yourself full and hydrated
- Wear comfortable shoes
- GPS tracker to track your current location no cell service throughout the park
- Headlamps and portable battery packs to keep your electronics charged
How to get there
From Furnace Creek, drive southeast on Highway 109 for 4 miles. Turn right into the parking lot for Zabriskie Point.
Place to Stay
If you are camping in your car, you can technically use the parking facility to camp overnight. It’s always advisable to check with the Park Rangers or at the visitors center, to confirm if this is allowed. You don’t want to get a citation. The nearest places to stay at is The Inn and The Oasis. If you drive further up north on HWY 190, you will find tons of camping options near Furnace Creek.
Pictorial Highlights from this place…