A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law Burt told me he was interested in seeing the “super bloom” in Death Valley. I didn’t ask him more about it and, to be honest, I kind of forgot about it until I saw this article on Conde Nast Traveler. Maybe it’s because they showed some stunning photos of the once-in-a-decade event that grabbed my attention. The article led me to a great YouTube video that showed Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg saying, “If you get the chance to see a bloom in Death Valley, especially a super bloom, you should take the opportunity to see it because it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The bloom could last into April, which means we have about a month to see this in person.
So what is a “super bloom”? While wildflowers bloom every year at Death Valley, about once a decade an unusual series of storms trigger a massive covering of beautiful yellow, pink and purple wildflowers. See more photos of this amazing natural phenomeon at National Geographic. Oh, and watch the video below.