Death Valley vista point reopens

A popular overlook at Death Valley National Park is open to the public after extensive rehabilitation work that began in December.

The National Park Service announced Monday that work had been completed at Zabriskie Point, about 120 miles west of Las Vegas, just in time for an abundant crop of spring wildflowers now painting parts of Death Valley.

The renovations included shoring up unstable support walls and installing concrete benches on the walkway leading up to the vista point, which was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and named after the company’s vice president and general manager, Christian Zabriskie.

The site was originally meant as a way stop for visitors in automobiles on their way to see Manly Beacon, the prominent landmark in Death Valley’s “Badlands.” It remains one of the park’s most-visited sites.

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