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2018 Death Valley National Park - Wildflower Reports

Feb 19, 2018 Kelly reports: Photos between Furnace Creek and artists loop .



 

Feb 16, 2018 Patty reports: Photo from Feb. 12, 2018, Hwy 127 between Shoshone and Tecopa Springs. south of Death Valley.

Feb 2, 2018 Patty reports: I took the picture of the yellow daisies on Hwy 178 Shoshone on Jan. 29, 2018 and they were the only flowers I saw out. Yesterday we were driving 7 miles south of the Badwater Visitor Lookout on Hwy. 178 and there was a small patch of the same yellow daisies. I'm here in Death Valley waiting for this year's bloom.

 

We're at Sunset Camp and if you look carefully you can see lots of green growth beginning. Some of the plants have buds on them. If the weather stays this warm I'm thinking we might be seeing flowers in a week or so. Fingers crossed!

 

Jan 9, 2018 Steve reports: Current rainfall totals from the NWS 1/9/2018: 
Furnace Creek 0.46 - Stovepipe Wells 0.32 - Hunter Mountain 1.27

Jan 9, 2018 Death Valley reports: ...Locally heavy rainfall may cause Flash Flooding in parts of Death Valley National Park on Tuesday...

A band of heavy rainfall is expected to bring the potential for flash flooding to Death Valley National Park today. Rainfall amounts of one half inch to one inch are expected.
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

 

 

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2017 Death Valley National Park - Wildflower Reports

May 25, 2017 Mary reports: Thank you DesertUSA for the May 13, 2017 post on the Death Valley high country ablaze. I went to see for myself on May 18-20.  One favorite place was a small area just east of Daylight Pass that was packed with Princes Plumes and Asters with a variety of other species including Larkspur, Purple Mat, Chicory and Indigo. The other favorite place was along Emigrant Canyon/Wildrose road from about MM 8 to the Charcoal Kilns that are past Wildrose. In places there were brilliant Indian Paint Brush intermixed with Brittle Brush. In other places there were Hopsage, Asters, Princes Plume and Desert Sage. Though not as showy as the upper elevation was in 2010, it was beautiful to see.

There was an unusual brilliant dark purple flowers blooming, often only two inches tall, in the gravel areas at Wildrose, Aguereberry Point, and Daylight Pass.  A ranger identified them as Yellow Eye Lupine. Also having a good year were the Giant Four O'clocks with big mounds of magenta flowers at Wildrose, just past the Summit on the road to Wildrose and along the road to Aguereberry Point. The tricky part was to catch them when opened, which seemed to be after 5 pm.I only found the Desert Mariposa Lily along the unpaved portion of the road to the Charcoal Kilns and around the lower overlook at Aguereberry Point.  It seemed to be the tail end of the Lilac Sunbonnet bloom, but I found a few around Daylight Pass and around MM 18 on the Emigrant Canyon/Wildrose road.  The four foot tall Magnificent Lupine were blooming along the road to the Charcoal Kilns.  For cactus, I found a few Beavertail and Hedgehog in the Wildrose area and one big Claret Cup just before the Charcoal Kilns. I saw a pretty yellow cactus starting to boom along the road to the Charcoal Kilns that might have been Mohave Prickly Pear.  Along the road to Aguereberry Point there were several beautiful deep pink cactus, possibly Mohave Fishhook. All together, lots to see in the Death Valley high country.

 

May 13, 2017 Death Valley National Park reports: Fuchsia! Gold! Indigo! Lime! The high country is ablaze! Feast your eyes on these stunning blooms and savor the cooler mountain air. These flowers were spotted near Wildrose Campground but elevations above 5,000 feet are exploding with color.

The view from the road may be striking, but do stop to look around. More flowers appear once you slow down and take time to notice! Where have you seen flowers blooming?

Photo Credit: NPS/Carter

April 18, 2017 Tracy reports: We were there last Wednesday, April 12 and I stopped and took a few pictures as we were headed back to Vegas from Furnace Creek.

April 14, 2017 Jim reports: All photos were taken on April 12, 2017. On highway 190, traveling east, in the lower reaches of Towne Pass, heading toward Emigrant. Elevation maybe 2500 ft. The Beavertail Cactus caught my attention. I pulled into a paved turn-out lane and walked up and down the roadside. All photos were taken there except Desert Gold by the roadside, which was at Furnace Creek.

April 6, 2017 David reports: photos taken on CA-178 in the Jubilee 4-04-2017 Pass area of Death Valley NP.. Definitely not a super bloom this year, but brittlebush is blooming in small pocket canyons along the 178 in the Jubilee Pass area. Also a few fields of sparse desert gold. Other flowers are there, but you have to get out and search for individual plants.

 

 


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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