This valley is also a land of subtle beauties: Morning light creeping across the eroded badlands of Zabriskie Point to strike Manly Beacon, the setting sun and lengthening shadows on the Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells, and the colors of myriad wildflowers on the golden hills above Harmony Borax on a warm spring day.
Designations National Monument - February 11, 1933
Biosphere Reserve - 1984
Wilderness (95% of park) - October 31, 1994
National Park - October 31, 1994