Massive storms hit the Death Valley area in October and that combined with the steady rainfall throughout the winter made perfect conditions for all the wildflowers that lay dormant for years to bloom wildly. The phenomenon, called Super Bloom, only happens once a decade so we decided to take a detour on our way to Vegas a couple of weekends ago to explore Death Valley and experience the Super Bloom. We hiked 3 miles into Dry Fall Canyon from the Titus Canyon Trailhead parking lot and set up camp on a bluff overlooking the trail. We made pasta with a sauce of Cholula, garlic powder and onion powder (surprisingly good), came face to face with a fearless mouse, and saw more stars and more of the Milky Way than ever before. I am usually more partial to forest scenery, but walking through the peaceful desert canyon with it’s walls towering above me was breathtaking.
In the southern part of the valley near Badwater Basin is where the Super Bloom is most abundant. We saw a few flowers on our hike and along the sides of the road as we drove in, but nothing like what we saw near Badwater Basin. The hills along the road were covered with Desert Gold (a yellow flower with an amazing smell), Golden Evening Primrose (another yellow flower), Notch-leaf Phacelia (a purple flower), Brown-eyed Evening Primrose and Gravel Ghost (white flowers) and my favorite, Desert Five-spot that I call the 5-eyed stranger (a pinkish/purplish flower with red spots in the middle). Unfortunately our cameras couldn’t quite capture the magnificence of all the flowers that we experienced in person.
If you haven’t experienced the Super Bloom yet, I highly suggest making the trip to Death Valley before it’s over.
Have you seen the Super Bloom? What did you think?