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2015 Death Valley National Park Wildflowers Reports

Jan 26, 2015 Death Valley Reports: This year looks spotty so far, also. Parts of southern Death Valley have so many green sprouts coming up that it looks like patches of grass. Around Furnace Creek, there are some sprouts, but nothing outrageous. By the east entrance of the park, prospects look grim. I don’t think that area got ANY rain during the last storm. Some rain is in the forecast for today.

We have a 20% chance of rain, increasing to 60% Monday night. Tuesday a 40% chance is in the forecast. Beware of flash floods in low-lying areas, but also beware of snow in the high country. You've got to love Death Valley!

Jan 12, 2015 DUSA Reports: Some rain fell in the area on Sunday. Titus Canyon High-clearance required; some washouts due to past flood damage.

 

2014 Death Valley National Park Wildflowers Reports

 

Dec 31, 2014 DUSA Reports: The end of the year storm is bringing rain to the park, looks good for next year wildflower season. National Weather Service predicts snow levels as low as 2,000 feet for Death Valley National Park. The park had a total of 1.49 inches of rain 2014. 1 inch of that was in the last 5 months. Zabriskie Point and surrounding area is CLOSED for repairs until May 2015.

Dec 1, 2014 DUSA Reports: Rain is expected this week in the park, 7/1/14 through today: 0.41 inches of precipitation. 70% change of rain on Tuesday evening.

May 2, 2014 Death Valley Park reports: As temperatures warm up, the wildflowers in lower elevations are fading, but in the Panamint Mountains the party is just getting started. Along the Emigrant Canyon Road, the high desert valleys and hillsides are rich with flowering shrubs with blankets of annuals filling the spaces between. Along the Aguereberry Point Road there is a lovely hillside thick with globemallow, lavender broad-flowered gilia, and intensely orange mariposa lily peaking now. Watch for flowering shrubs like paperbag bush and indigo bush as you drive toward Wildrose. In the weeks to come expect an outstanding display of hopsage, with its colorful clusters of seedpods that change from yellow to pink to wine-red.

Eureka Valley flowers may be rounding things up around the dunes, but in the surrounding mountains the bloom is still going strong. Along the road from the west, watch for the yellow cotton-thorn bushes, white globemallow and an unusual form of notch-leaf phacelia with dark stems and upright growth.

April 30, 2014 Mary reports: Photos From Death Valley National Park, April 25 - 28, 2014 The bloom the Park Service reported on April 11 is still going strong in Towne Pass and in Emigrant Canyon/Wildrose. An easy place to pull off to see flowers in Towne Pass is by a dirt road about a mile west of Towne Pass (on the south side of the road). Parking there and walking up the road goes into a pretty area of Prince's Plum, Indigo, Paper Bag Bush and Golden Evening Primrose. The road from Emigrant Canyon to Wildrose is a succession of blooms that start with Gravel-Ghost, and a few Humble Gilia, Desert Star and Gold Poppy. Around mile marker 7 there are brilliant red Desert Paint Brush, Desert Dandelion, Larkspur and Indigo.

I even saw a Mariposa Lily tucked under a bush. Around where the road starts to descend there are three golden hills – one of Desert Dandelion and Blazing Star, one of thick Blazing Star and one of Golden Evening Primrose. On down the road, before the canyon going into Wildrose, several gravel areas have lots of Lilac Sunbonnet. Many spots along the road are lined with Broad-Flowered Gilia which is having a good year. Beavertail Cactus are also in bloom along the road. At Wildrose, Prince’s Plum is blooming nicely.

The drive from Wildrose campground to Charcoal Kilns has what I consider special flower treats. There are a few (and hard to find) Mariposa Lilies and Giant Four O'clocks. Once the road turns to gravel, there are several three feet tall Magnificent Lupine and a very pretty pink Phlox (of uncertain variety). If you are visited soon, expect to work around road resurfacing that started 4/28/14 and is projected to take about five days. Photos are from Emigrant Canyon to Wildrose.

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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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