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    National Park CA,NV

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    Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »

  • Zabriskie Point Rehab Project Delayed Until Further Notice

    The popular vista site Zabriskie Point will be closed for major repairs over the 2014/2015 winter and spring seasons, but the exact date has not been determined. The site will remain open until further notice.

Wildflower Update 2014

May 1, 2014

As temperatures warm up, the wildflowers in lower elevations are fading, but in the Panamint Mountains the party is just getting started. Along the Emigrant Canyon Road, the high desert valleys and hillsides are rich with flowering shrubs with blankets of annuals filling the spaces between. Along the Aguereberry Point Road there is a lovely hillside thick with globemallow, lavender broad-flowered gilia, and intensely orange mariposa lily peaking now. Watch for flowering shrubs like paperbag bush and indigo bush as you drive toward Wildrose. In the weeks to come expect an outstanding display of hopsage, with its colorful clusters of seedpods that change from yellow to pink to wine-red.

Eureka Valley flowers may be rounding things up around the dunes, but in the surrounding mountains the bloom is still going strong. Along the road from the west, watch for the yellow cotton-thorn bushes, white globemallow and an unusual form of notch-leaf phacelia with dark stems and upright growth.

Desert Mariposa Lily (Calochortus kennedyi) in a field of Broad-flowered Gilia (Gilia cana speciformis)

Did You Know?

The MNesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park

In 1917, Death Valley recorded 52 days with temperatures over 120 degrees and 43 consecutive days over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The original long hot summer. More...