Olympic Peninsula Adventure

From La Conner Thousand Trails RV & Camping Resort, we drove to Coupeville Ferry Terminal. We were on the standby lane and didn't get on the first Ferry but we got on the next one. But because of that, we were able to explore Fort Casey State Park. Here's the link to that adventure A Ferry Ride to Port Townsend From Coupeville  When we arrived at Port Townsend it was late in the afternoon so we decided to spend a night in the area. We drove to Port Angeles and checked in at the Riviera Inn. Nothing special with the Inn but it was clean, cheap, and it suffice our need for the night. The next day, we checked out early from the Inn, got our breakfast, then head up Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park. We stopped at the Overlook-Victoria B.C. From there I made a reservation for the Ferry back to Coupeville. The Ferry was full until the 5:15pm sailing time, so I went ahead and made that reservations.  We had a nice drive up to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.  Here's the lin

Beautiful one way loop on the scenic Artist Drive to Artist's Palette

Beautiful 9 mile scenic loop drive on a nice one way road with wonderful colors on the hillside - it's the  Artist Drive in Death Valley National Park. Nice paved road but it does get narrower and twisty on some parts hence vehicle over 25 feet is prohibited on this road. There are few pull outs but the Artists Palette is located about 5 miles from the start of the Artist Drive. This drive is one of the most scenic and amazing drive in Death Valley National Park. 

This was our 5th stop on our journey to Death Valley National Park.  4. Natural Bridge 3. Badwater Basin/Salt Flat  2. Devils Golf Course 1. Zabriskie Point

Please watch our video down below...way way down below.

Beautiful drive on Artist Drive

The start of Artist Drive - One way 9 mile scenic Loop

The First pullout - short little hike to the top of the hill

I did a short hike from the first pullout. I do not recommend it if you're running out of time but it is a nice short walk up there. The views are amazing!

Nice pave road on Artist Drive

More of the nice artist drive road

It was a great time driving on Artist Drive. Blue sky and some clouds, it was not hot at all. 

View towards the amazing Artist's Palette

View of the Artist's Palette from the road 

The Artist's Palette

Walking trail towards the colorful hillside

The white lady or lady in white at Artist's Palette

Me walking and exploring the Artist's Palette. It was great experience walking on different colored ground 

Alan posed for a picture. He didn't go for a walk because it was windy and a bit chilly.

View to the East 

Northeast view on Artist's Palette 

West side view

South View (view of the parking lot)

A Palette of Color
More than five million years ago, repeated volcanic eruptions blanketed the landscape, depositing ash and minerals. The volcanic minerals were chemically altered by heat and water, with variable amounts of oxygen and other introduced elements. Chemical analyses have identified a paint pot of elements: iron, aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, but no copper. Some of the colored minerals here include red hematite and green chlorite. This is truly a natural artist's palette of color splashed across the slope. The time of day, clouds, and the rare rainfall shift the intensity of the colors, making each visit slightly different. 

Please click below to watch our drive on Artist drive to Artist's Palette