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2018 Death Valley National Park - Wildflower Reports

Aug 19, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Park got rain and the Park is reporting - West Side Road: CLOSED due to flood damage. Big Pine / Death Valley Road: CLOSED due to flood damage. Titus Canyon: CLOSED due to flood damage. Twenty Mule Team Canyon: CLOSED due to flood damage.  Emigrant Canyon & Wildrose: CAUTION needed due to light debris on roads. Upper Wildrose Rd: High clearance needed from end of pavement to Charcoal Kilns due to flood damage. 4x4 and high clearance from Charcoal Kilns to Mahogany Flat. Racetrack Road: Washouts and deep gulleys. 4x4 and high clearance required.

Aug 4, 2018 DesertUSA reports: All the wildflowers are gone, record heat in July and some flash floods.

April 18, 2018 Death Valley NP reports: As of April 14th, wildflowers have been sparse and are starting to wither. The largest blooming areas have been small strips of flowers along the paved roads. There are also wildflowers blooming in the washes/drainage around Furnace Creek and Cow Creek, along highway 190. 

Highway 190 between Furnace Creek and North Highway has some sparse blooming, but recent hot weather has caused many flowers to start to wither.

April 7, 2018 Janet reports April 2 and 4- fairly good shows of Desert Gold, Geraea, along Hwy 190 from Salt Creek to below Badwater, but just at the roadside berms.  Mud Canyon has good displays of Gravel Ghost, Yellow Evening Primrose, and lots of Phacelia uphill of the hills up to the junction.  Phacelia and Yellow Evening Primrose also from Dante’s View road down to Furnace Creek Inn  About 2 n the thermometer - definitely more plants than 2 weeks ago, but low down; nothing much above 2000 ft. 

9 Mile Canyon north of Ridgecrest has lovely hillsides of Coreopsis.  Many Desert Dandelions  along the frontage road beside Hwy 395 from Brady’s to 9 Mile. Some things in Short Canyon, some good displays of Alkali Goldfield in lower Short and Grapevine canyons.  Nothing up higher yet.   

April 2, 2018 Death Valley NP reports: Desert wildflowers are beautiful to see and experience! They are also important to the ecosystem, providing food for wildlife, like the desert tortoise. Each flower provides the seeds for the future flowers. Help out the desert habitat by not picking or trampling wildflowers. With so many visitors, Death Valley's wildflowers can be significantly impacted by people picking and stepping on flowers. 

Death Valley is experiencing very mild and sparse blooming this year, but if you look carefully, flowers can be found in small patches.

Mar 30, 2018 Cindy reports: Some sparse but persevering flowers along Badwater Road just south of Badwater Basin. Desert gold, phacelia, and brown-eyed evening primrose!!! Saw a few gravel ghosts that hadn't quite bloomed yet and a single desert five-spot!!!! It was so windy that I couldn't get a good photo! Photos taken 3/24:

A LOT more flowers on 190 between Furnace Creek Ranch and Beatty cutoff. Desert gold EVERYWHERE with a good amount of brown-eyed primrose, gravel ghosts, phacelia, and teeny tiny little daisies all over!!! Photos taken 3/25:

Daylight Pass also has some beautiful patches of phacelia south of Rhyolite!! Saw some golden evening primrose there as well! Photos taken 3/26:

Mar 26, 2018 Death Valley NP reports: As of late March, wildflowers have been sparse. The largest blooming areas have been small strips of flowers along the paved roads. Highway 190 between Furnace Creek and North Highway has some sparse blooming, but recent strong winds damaged many of the blooming flowers.  Recent rains did not seem to have a significant impact on most front-country roads.


Mar 19, 2018 Wendy reports: We took a quick drive through Death Valley NP on March 12, 2018, and saw only seven species blooming between Shoshone and Furnace Creek along Hwy 178. A few Brittlebush past Jubilee Pass. Desert Sunflowers north of Ashford Mill. A Cryptantha species, Brown-eyed Primrose, and Mojave Desertstar near Mormon Point (just south of Badwater). In front of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center were Creosotebush in bloom, as well as Brown-eyed Primrose and Notch-leaved Phacelia in the gravel bed in front of the building.


Mar 16, 2018 Kathy reports: Spring Canyon Death Valley NP.


Mar 12, 2018 Clayton reports: Just thought I'd follow up on the reports about Death Valley. I visited over the weekend. As others have reported, it is by no means a great year for wildflowers. That said, there are still some patches of wildflowers. For instance, there were quite a few thin strips of desert sunflower along 190 between Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek, adding a splash of color. See attached photo for an example. (Taken by me, 3/10.)


Mar 12, 2018 Kathy reports: We saw these pink buds near Mesquite Springs in Death Valley. They will open more by Monday perhaps, the cactus picture was taken 3/11/18.



Mar 4, 2018 Janet reports: Drove most of the Death Valley roads this past week - not looking good at all.  Jubilee Pass has nothing out just now.  Ditto Daylight Pass and Mud Canyon.  There are patches of Desert Gold (the yellow daisy) along 190 and south of Badwater on the uphill side of the road where water gets trapped by the berm, but only by the road, nothing up on the alluvial fans yet.  Maybe a week or so more, IF DV gets any water from this storm (March 1-2) 

Mar 2, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Rain is in the forecast for Friday night and Saturday, this may help the few wildflowers that are there now and the cactus. So far it's not a good year for wildflowers.

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.


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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