Zabriskie Point is one of the most recognizable scenes in Death Valley National Park. The badlands formations found here are amongst the most colorful in the United States, made up of lake sediments and volcanic ash. Over the years, soft layers of mud and ash have been stripped away by flash flood events, eroding the landscape into the shapes we see today. Nearby Gower’s Gulch is a man-made canyon which was created by the damming of Furnace Creek at the parking lot near Zabriskie Point. While Gower’s Gulch has been “artificially” eroded, it is still a breathtaking hike, especially when combined into a loop with the Golden Canyon Trail.