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2017 Death Valley National Park - Wildflower Reports

Feb 27, 2017 Doug reports: On February 24, 2017 there were nice displays of Desert Sand-Verbena and Brown-eyed Primrose around Ibex Dunes in the Saratoga Springs area. There is an old talc mine on the back side of the dunes and the field between the dunes and the mine is full of Desert Sunflower, which were also abundant in washes to the left of the road (past the Saratoga Spring turn-off) that leads towards the dunes. Park on the side of the road about 1 to 1.3 miles beyond the turn-off and hike to the dunes.

Feb 27, 2017 DVNP reports: The past couple weeks have been exciting and wet in Death Valley National Park. Water has the power to damage roads as well as create wildflower blooms. With nearly half of our yearly rainfall (0.95” in the past two weeks), many visitors and pollinators have their eyes trained on the ground in search of wildflowers. Behind the Furnace Creek Visitor Center plants like this Globemallow have just begun to bloom.

If you are planning to visit the park in search of flowers, we recommend taking a stroll behind the Visitor Center or making the trip to the southern regain of the park near Saratoga Springs where several species have already begun their bloom. Many other areas of the park should start blooming in the coming weeks.

Feb 20, 2017 John and Jo report: The following pictures were taken on 2/16/2017 in the Saratoga Springs Area. ( Southern part of the park) This first one were tiny little white flowers, about 1/4” across, about 4 miles from west of Hwy127 on the Harry Wade road. (I think). You’d hardly see these if you didn’t stop the car and look closely at the green along the side of the road. 35°38'48" N 116°22'58" W

On a map, from Hwy127 the dirt Harry Wade Road goes west 6 miles, before turning north about 3 miles. At that point it goes about another mile to the west to the end of the road where the Saratoga Spring sign is. So, just before turning left for the last mile you see this sign: 35°41'4" N 116°24'10" W

Just before that sign, you’ll see these flowers: This is a gravel ghost—we saw just a few of these. 35°41'4" N 116°24'10" W

Just a few of these and a couple at the end of the road, we don’t know what it was. 35°41'4" N 116°24'10" W

Brown Eyed Evening Primrose (saw a few of these): 35°38'48" N 116°23'0" W

Desert Gold made up over 90% of what we saw. These were right before the above sign pointing 1 more mile.35°41'3" N 116°24'10" W

Below are more photos from the area.

Notch-Leaf Phacelia - second most common flower but not abundant. 35°41'3" N 116°24'10" W

Desert Five-Spot We saw two of these, one before the sign and another at the end of the road.

Just past the end of the road 35°40'52" N 116°25'19" W

Feb 18, 2017 DVNP reports: Although we are not planning on a wildflower bloom similar to last year, there are still flowers to be found! Desert Sand Verbena was discovered near the Ibex sand dunes, in the southeast part of the park. Flash Flood Watch for Death Valley National Park until Saturday evening. Expect mud and debris on the roads this weekend.

Feb 13, 2017 DVNP reports: Over the weekend an uncommon weather event took place at Death Valley National Park: it rained! On average Death Valley only receives about 2 inches of rainfall each year. Most of that #rain, however, falls during winter.

When it does rain in Death Valley, it can bring big and small changes to the #landscape as seen from Dante's Ridge. Down below new reflective pools are forming within Badwater Salt Flat. Meanwhile up high on the mountains, lichen soaks up cascading water and responds vibrantly with green colors.

We are starting to see some wildflowers appear in the southern end of Death Valley. By Ibex Dunes we are seeing Desert Gold and then off of Harry Wade Road we are seeing some Primrose, Desert 5 Gold, Buckwheat, and several other species as well. We probably won't have as big of super bloom like last year but these recent blooms are promising!

Feb 6, 2017 DVNP reports: When will wildflowers bloom? Spring is a great time so February March-ish. We are not expecting anything like the super bloom we had in 2016 but it will be beautiful no matter how many desert gold blooms we have.

Jan 24, 2017 DUSA reports: DV getting some rain and the Amargosa crossing was flooding. The late rain may help with wildflower bloom.

Jan 19, 2017 DVNP reports: Gray skies in the mountains all around us. We haven't gotten much #rain in the valley, but we have been lucky enough to see a few rainbows!

Jan 11, 2017 DVNP reports: What's the possibility of another superbloom?? The results are in... and it's not looking good. Last year's superbloom was a once-in-a-decade event at best by trends (last were '98, '05, '16). We also have received 13% (.23 inches) of the precipitation that we did last year (1.76 inches) in the same amount of time (October-January). It is likely that the seed bank that took at least a decade to build was exhausted last year. That doesn't mean Death Valley isn't worth a spring visit!

Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain and snow in Death Valley area this weekend good start for the upcoming wildflower season.

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Peak Blooming Periods for Death Valley are usually...

Mid February - Mid April at lower elevations (valley floor and alluvial fans)

* Best Areas: Jubilee Pass, Highway 190 near the Furnace Creek Inn, base of Daylight Pass * Dominant species: desert star, blazing star, desert gold, mimulus, encelia, poppies, verbena, evening primrose, phacelia, and various species of cacti (usually above the valley floor).

Early April - Early May at 2,000 to 4,000 ft. elevations

* Best areas: Panamint Mountains * Dominant species: paintbrush, Mojave desert rue, lupine, Joshua tree, bear poppy, cacti and Panamint daisies.

Late April - Early June above 4,000 ft. elevations

* Best areas: High Panamints * Dominant species: Mojave wildrose, rabbitbrush, Panamint daisies, mariposa lilies and lupine.

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