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Death Valley Super Bloom

One of the driest places on the planet occasionally gets blanketed with colorful wildflowers

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The Death Valley superbloom is a stupendous natural phenomenon that occurs only once in about ten years after substantial rainfall in fall and winter. In spring, the desert becomes alive with thousands of wildflowers, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. The blooming season lasts from mid-February through June or mid-July, reaching its zenith in March and April. The Death Valley National Park is the lowest, driest, and hottest place in the United States, which makes the super bloom so unique. In 1913, the temperature of 134 °F (57 °C) recorded here hit an unsurpassed world record.

Death Valley wildflowers

During the Death Valley superbloom, the breathtaking desert landscape is painted with yellow, pink, and purple flowers. You can encounter sunflowers, phacelia, desert gold, gravel ghost, Bigelow monkeyflower, desert thorn, desert sage, poppies, and other wildflowers that manage to survive in such a harsh climate. The two last times when the desert saw the ultimate explosion of petals were in 2005 and 2016. So you will want to keep an eye on the Death Valley National Park website to stay up-to-date and eventually behold this wondrous sight.

When do flowers bloom in Death Valley?

Even in the years which are not blessed with the superbloom, you will still see some spring flowers dusting the desert. The wildflower season in Death Valley National Park is from mid-February onward, and well through mid-July. Between late February and early April, you can spot flowers on lower elevations, including Badwater Road, Green Valley Road, Death Valley Road, and Titus Canyon Road. From early April to early May, flowers make their debut on higher elevations: check out Jubilee Pass, Zabriskie Point, Furnace Creek, and Daylight Pass. In May and early June (sometimes until mid-July), there is a good chance to spot the flowers when trekking the Panamint Range area.

Things to do in Death Valley

Spring is a nice season to enjoy Death Valley not only for the wildflower season, but also for the comfortable weather. Use this favorable condition to pack your trip with other fun activities. Check out Saline Valley Hot Springs, discover historical Wildrose Charcoal Kilns, or reveal the secrets of Eureka Dunes. The national park is also home to a number of otherwordly landscapes worth seeing. Some of the most bizarre places include Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater Basin, and Zabriskie Point.

Where to stay in Death Valley National Park

When visiting the hottest place on earth, having an air-conditioned shelter for rest is essential. The Death Valley super bloom map shows multiple accommodations in close proximity. If you prefer camping, Furnace Creek Campground and Stovepipe Wells Campground are among the most popular picks.

Practical info

When do flowers bloom in Death Valley?

From mid-February onward through mid-July. The season varies by the elevation.

When was the last super bloom in Death Valley?

In 2016 and 2005

How often does Death Valley bloom?

Once in about ten years

Are flowers blooming in Death Valley?

Some wildflowers pop up every spring. However, the greatest number of flowers, aka super bloom, is observed only once in about ten years.

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