Back in April, during National Parks Week, my husband and I took a week off from our jobs and set out to explore two National Parks neither of us had visited before. Our first stop was Death Valley National Park. We had planned this trip back in January, when I was hoping that it might be a good year for wildflower viewing, and then in February and March the Death Valley “Superbloom” happened. I was really hoping that there might be some remnants of it left by the time we made it out there, and while we missed the majority of it down in the lower parts of the park, we still found plenty of flowers blooming at the higher elevations.
Our most fruitful and varied wildflower viewing was on the road from Beatty, Nevada back to Death Valley National Park by way of Titus Canyon (though there were also plenty of flowers to be seen along the Beatty Cutoff road and Daylight Pass).
Dante’s View, Mosaic Canyon, and Darwin Falls also provided some nice wildflower discoveries and viewing.
This is just a smattering of the variety of wildflowers we saw during our 3 days at Death Valley National Park. Though most people imagine a barren wasteland when they think of the desert in general, and Death Valley in particular, there really is abundant life when you start looking for it.