Desolate Point is a cape in the northernmost part of the Kent Peninsula. It is the northernmost part of New Shetland. It was first visited by James Henry DeWitt in 1839, and a small campsite was established in 1879, when rumors of abundant zinc mines spread. The area around the cape is sometimes visited by tourists, but most of the region is not accessible for visitors.
In 1941 the United States used the Cape DeWitt, two miles south of Desolate Point as training site for bomber pilots. A small airbase was built in the early 1940s, and abandoned sometime around the late 1950s. Wreckage of a crashed airplane can be spotted when visiting Webster Isle, off the coast of Desolate Point.