Death Valley And The Superbloom Of 2019
A “superbloom” is a rare occurrence on Nevada and Southern California when winter weather conditions make it perfect for wildflower seeds which have been dormant for years in the crust below the desert surface to bloom. It is called a “superbloom” because there are typically wild flowers that will transform the desert landscape into a sea of color every year, but the weather conditions being just right cause many years of seeds that have built up to bloom all at once. Essentially, it is the standard bloom that an area sees except it is as though it is on steroids. It appears that this year conditions have been right for a superbloom to happen in our national parks that are throughout the surrounding area, including Death Valley. If you have never experienced a superbloom in Death Valley (and there is a good chance that you haven’t because it usually happens only once every decade or so) then it is a wonder to behold. Unfortunately, as of the most recent reports there will not be a superbloom in Death Valley in 2019, but there will still going to see many spring flowers. According to the Death Valley Wildflower Report there are flowers which have already begun to bloom, but we did not have enough late season rainfall to create the superbloom that was last seen in 2016. https://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_dv.html
Tours of Death Valley in the springtime re fantastic, both because of the blooming wildflowers as well as the perfect weather. Death Valley is notoriously hot in the summers (thus the name Death Valley) and it will generally see consistent temperatures over 110 for several weeks, but if you go on a Death Valley tour in the spring or fall you can see the desert landscape in all it’s beauty without the crippling heat that goes with it. Basically, the landscape will look the same as if you were there during the weather pattern that makes Death Valley what it is, only you will be able to spend far more time exploring it. The temperatures in Death Valley are typically about 10 degrees warmer than Las Vegas during the day, and 10 degrees colder at night. The weather will usually be pretty consistent with Las Vegas, so if there is rain expected in the valley, you will probably find rain in Death Valley. The tours that are offered will generally have more of a sightseeing feel in the hot summer due to the fact that you just cannot stay out in the heat for too long, but during the spring they can take on the more “adventure tour” feel that we prefer for the majority of our other national park tours. Death Valley is a completely unique type of place and landscape, so it is best to bring layers of clothing during the tour in order to keep yourself comfortable no matter what kind of weather we meet. Our tours of Death Valley are one day tours, meaning that we will pick you up in Las Vegas and drop you back off on the same day, without overnight camping in between.