Last week, I wrote about Death Valley’s “super bloom,” a rare event in which El Niño rain sets off a massive wildflower bloom. This weekend, we decided to check it out. Here’s what we found:

The park had warned that the super bloom was past its prime and that heat, lack of rain, and wind had stressed the flowers out. This was especially true (as the park also warned) at lower elevations.


That picture actually undersells the view; at a distance the entire valley did appear to be dusted in yellow. And, while driving, speed worked to blur the flowers together into an impressive expanse of color.

Still, it wasn’t as mind-blowing as images from earlier in the year.

Luckily, however, Death Valley itself was still amazing, and the spring is a great time to visit because temperatures are not yet unbearable. Here are some of the other things we saw:

Incredible geology:




Someone’s lost journal entry (click to enlarge):

A pretty solid sunset:


And finally, awe-inspiring desolation:


— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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