When I booked our campsite in Death Valley 5 months prior to the trip, I never expected to see a field of yellow flowers. Knowing it was the desert, I expected miles and miles of dry, barren land. My husband and I got so lucky that the month we visited (February), the wildflowers were all blooming in a rare event most commonly known today as a “super bloom”.
Being the driest place in North America, it’s questionable how these plants are able to survive. Apparently, the storms and rainfalls which occurred in the past months helped in making this beautiful miracle happen. I guess it’s one thing we can thank El Nino for 🙂
If you’re planning a trip to Death Valley to see the flowers, I believe they are now starting to move to higher elevations. I suggest going as soon as possible, because it may take another decade before this happens again! Get regular updates from the National Park Service Website to find out where to go to see the bloom. The official Death Valley National Park Facebook Page was also very helpful for me, and a great source to see current wildflower photos in the park.
Death Valley certainly turned into the Valley of Life this year, and I am so grateful that I got to experience it myself. This National Park has been on my bucket list for years now, and being able to visit with a special rare occasion was too good to be true!