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Superbloom. The latest Marvel Comic character? A new plant food additive? No, it’s the fabulous Death Valley wildflower phenomena brought to you by El Niño.

It turns out the desert has a sweet spot. It’s just the right amount of rain, sunshine, and low winds to coax all sorts of dormant seeds into life, and only once in a while do all these factors align to create a perfect floral storm.

Even without its wildflower splendor, Death Valley is a scenic wonder worth visiting. Wind-swept sand dunes, the salty crust of below sea-level elevations, and hills of reds, golds, and browns provide amazing geographic variety. But throw in a once-in-a-decade Superbloom and, well, let’s just say you’ve got to see it.

Michelle PetitLast weekend my boyfriend and I did just that. We took our dog and ventured into the desert to see what all the fuss was about. Most of the blooms were still in the lower elevations and at the Southern end of the park around the Owlshead and Black Mountains. The highlight was the fragrant fields of Desert Gold carpeting the desert floor off Warm Spring Canyon road (if you have four-wheel drive you can access some of these dirt roads where the blooms are the most intense). We also saw plenty of Evening Primrose, Ghost Flower, Verbena and Desert Five-Spot, popcorn flower (of course), and Encelia at higher elevations.

If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check this website for the latest on blooms. It will tell you where the best spots are and it seems to be updated every three to four days.

A word to the wise: all this bloomin’ attention has drawn plenty of crowds. There are lots of cars and motorcycles on the roads and even more people in the stores, restaurants, etc. We were stopped for over an hour when an accident shut down the road in both directions. Drive safely. And be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

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2 days ago

Launching into the weekend.... Happy Friday!!!
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Launching into the weekend.... Happy Friday!!!
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3 days ago

How amazing are the sunsets here? Check out this time-lapse video from a really stunning evening last week.
Thanks @leviaguilera_photography for capturing it and sharing!
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Looks great but gas is $6.00 gallon down there

Amazing!

Beautiful view

Beautiful!

Gorgeous view! 💓❤😃

Lovely 💕

If that slice of California were annexed to Nevada, I’d be back in a heartbeat.

I miss those sunsets

Jan Schray

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4 days ago

Sometimes a little dirt is good for the soul 😊
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Sometimes a little dirt is good for the soul 😊
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Wow. The snow looks like it's melting already.

Wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve been up or down that road! Looks like The dirt section of Warm Springs Road.

Beautiful view

Beautiful

I like the movie flats place down by Lone Pine!

Beautiful

On my bucket list

Will always be home for me. Thanks for the awesome pic.

Love this dirt!

I wanna go fishing

Breathtaking👍💝😀

What road is that?

I love this view! 😀😃☺

Dirt therapy... good for the soul.

I miss Bishop!!

Be there in 2 weeks!

Miss that so much

Always 💚

Everytime we go we find one

👍👍👍

Buttermilk road

HOME 😎

Amen!

Richard Szoltysik

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5 days ago

Not a bad view!!!
Thanks for sharing, @jamieclimber!!
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Not a bad view!!!
Thanks for sharing, @jamieclimber!!
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Superb view!

Love the hot springs outside of bishop

Good view except for the feet

Awesome picture

I cannot describe how much I love this picture.

Amazing

Wow

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6 days ago

Good morning from Bishop!
Thank you, @binggram101 for the photo!
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Good morning from Bishop!
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Looks like a superb morning!

Nice but hopefully more snow!

I grew up in Tehachapi camped and fished there and Mammoth Lakes Beautiful country.

Beautiful. I wish I was there.

Beautiful country

Amazing! Can't wait to visit!

My favorite view

Beautiful picture

Loved fishing this river!

Absolutely stunning lighting and composition

Beautiful

Wonderful.

Beautiful!

Awesome

Beautiful.

Looks like Owens River fished there. BEAUTIFUL

Very pretty

Now, that is a real pretty picture. Great way to start the week. Thanks.

Absolutely DIVINE place. Wish I could buy a home there. oac

Wow! We see so much of Yosemite here in Fresno that we often forget that there are other awesome mountains elsewhere in California! I’m going to Bishop in March no matter what! A beautiful place! 👍

My Dad loved to fish out there. We always had to go with him and did not appreciate being out in the middle of no where as young kids. Now I understand the beauty and serenity he found there.

Love the Lower Owens, Great wild brown trout water in the winter!! Also illuminated sunsets that will make you stop and take a moment.

Nice

Very beautiful picture

Beautiful

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