Photos From Death Valley's Gorgeous Wildflower 'Super Bloom'


Death Valley is in the middle of the a once-in-a-decade natural phenomenon, unofficially dubbed the "super bloom." The normally dry, arid desert has been blanketed with more than 20 species of vibrant, fragrant wildflowers over the last few weeks. From what we've been able to see on #TheInternet, it's truly breathtaking. Video taken a couple weeks ago is a testament to the scope of the super bloom.

LAist's own Annie Lesser went to the Valley of Death herself and captured some of the beautiful blooms this week. The National Parks Service writes that the bloom is "moving north and higher in altitude," and recommends Highway 190 for viewing the yellow Golden Evening Primrose and purple Notchleaf Phacelia (Go Lakers). If you head northwest of the Death Valley visitor's center, you'll see large fields of Desert Gold flowers. While the hot, dry weather of the last couple weeks did take a toll on the flowers, overall it's still going strong, and the forecast rain should help keep the flowers vibrant through the end of March, too.

Death Valley is about a 4 hour drive north of Los Angeles by car, certainly not out of the picture for a weekend adventure. But if you can't make it to Death Valley, here are 10 more off-the-radar spots in Southern California to get in some flower-peeping.