Death Valley National Park 2023 Wildflower Season

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2023 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports

Feb 3 2023 DesertUSA Reports: We are looking for an average to above average bloom this spring, need more rain.

Jan 25 2023 Janet Westbrook Reports: I drove the south loop 1/17/23 - it from Stovepipe to Badwater to Shoshone to DV Junction to Stovepipe.  I saw NO green, yet.  Not even cotyledons!  But I think it will happen - all we need is some sun and warm weather, and we’ve had a week of that, so maybe.  Will there be a Super Bloom?  Still too early to tell, but for the last 2 good blooms, there were already some Desert Gold, Geraea, blooming in the rills on the Bajada.  Not yet this year… the bloom will be late, and will depend on the weather end of Jan and beginning of Feb - need water/sun/water/sun etc.  but nothing yet. 

Jan 17 2023 DesertUSA Reports: More rain in the park from the latest storm. Some road closed. More info

Jan 9 2023 Death Valley Reports: Will there be a superbloom this year? The short answer- maybe. It is still too early to predict if the storms from the summer 2022 monsoon season will lead to a showy 2023 spring bloom. Generally, superblooms are preceeded by fall/winter rains, which we did not receive. However, we have had several storms in January, so it is still possible. Right now we are anticipating an average to above average bloom this spring, but it reamins to be seen if there will be a full superbloom.

Jan 9 2023 DesertUSA Reports: Flood Watch in the AM today, rain Tuesday.

Jan 1 2023 DesertUSA Reports: Happy New Year. The outlook for the wildflower season looks okay at this point. 10% chance of rain today.

Jan 2023 Death Valley Reports: It is far too early to predict if the storms from the summer 2022 monsoon season will lead to a showy 2023 spring bloom. The late-summer rainfall helps set the stage, but additional rainfall will be needed this October-February. A La Nina weather pattern is predicted for this winter which typically results in drier-than-average winters in Death Valley.

 





2022 Death Valley National Park - Wildflower Reports

Sept 1 2022 Death Vally reports: Record rain in early August, nearly a year’s worth of rain falling in three hours. The rain caused widespread damage and closure of all park roads. "The heavy rain that caused the devastating flooding at Death Valley was an extremely rare, 1000-year event, says Daniel Berc, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Las Vegas.

CA Hwy 190 through the park has reopened. Many other roads within the park remain closed. Please stay out of closed areas so we can work safely!  More...


April 26 2022 Rick and Margarita report: We drove the 27 mile Titus Canyon road in Death Valley last Sunday the 24th. Very dry and very few flowers until starting up into the Grapevine mountains. As the elevation increased, so did the flowers. However, they are sparse. If you get out and hike a little, you can find a lot of variety. We identified Blue Sage, Mojave Aster, Rattlesnake weed, Desert Paintbrush, fair amount of Hopsage was in bloom, Desert Dandelion, Sun cups, Yellow Bells, Globemallow, and at Klare spring, there are Stream Orchids. The last few miles had lots of Rock Nettles bushes in bloom. Always a great trip with lots to see.






Apr 21 2022 Elachi reports: 4/18/22 just south of artist palette turnoff on artists drive lookout.


Apr 4 2022 Hans reports: Did a 5 day trip to Death Valley and Panamint Valley (3/28-4/1). Drove down Monday had a bit of rain and some nice clouds formations on the way to Hanaupah Canyon. Spend 2 nights on the anvil fan. Nice to be in warm weather, had to look for signs of life. There was some life if I looked close with tiny flowers, everything else was struggling. Wednesday and Thursday nights I camped in Panamint Valley cheering on the Navy with their flybys, spent the mornings up at Father Crowley point. Highway 190 up to Rainbow Canyon had some nice road flowers, almost stopped just to capture a nice shot of blooms :-)






Mar 24 2022 Death Valley reports
: This week’s #WildflowerWednesday highlight is Desert Gold, spotted blooming right now in the valley and along roadsides! Desert Gold (Geraea canescens) is one of the most famous flowers here in Death Valley, as it is often associated with super blooms. Although this is not a super bloom year, we still ask that you #leavenotrace and help us preserve the wildflowers who have worked so hard to be here!


NPS/Kurt Moses. Close-up image of Desert Gold
–one single yellow flower with many lighter yellow petals radiating out from a yellow-orange center.

Here’s a few ways that you can be a responsible flower chaser this spring:

1. Do not pick the flowers! Leave them so that everyone can enjoy their beauty.
2. Be mindful of where you step – while hiking near, viewing, or taking photographs of the flowers try not to trample these fragile plants.
3. Watch where you drive/park – off-road driving is prohibited in Death Valley National Park! Not only could you crush the flowers, but invasive plant species thrive in disturbed soil and can outcompete native wildflower species.

Mar 22 2022 Steve reports:  I have been shooting mostly landscapes at Death Valley NP.  I did see a few wildflowers today and have attached them. These are Desert Gold, Phacelia and Gravel Ghost that I took along Highway 190 between the Daylight Pass Road and Furnace Creek. There were quite a few Desert Gold in scattered patches along the highway with a few Gravel Ghost mixed in. The wind has been blowing so badly there I was lucky to get them with their heads up. I know it’s been slim pickings as far as wildflowers go this year so I thought I would send you what I got.




Mar 22 2022 Kathie reports: Seen on our first trip to DV on 3-11-22.



 

 

 


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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When will the desert wildflowers bloom? We start our report in January, plan your visit to coincide with the peak of the bloom - keep up to date with DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports. Be sure to bookmark this page for weekly updates.

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