When spring arrives, it’s as though the reset button has been activated in Death Valley. The landscape, climate, environment, plants, and wildlife all “spring” forward with new growth.
For anyone new to the scenic desert, it’s overwhelming but in a good way. With miles of sand, scenery, mountain vistas, and historic locations, a visit to the valley creates permanently etched memories.
What at first appears to be desert wasteland like in the movie, Mad Max, isn’t the case. Looking closely, you’ll find a smorgasbord of things that scream “it’s springtime!” in the three million plus acre park.
Miles of trails and backcountry roads are just waiting to be explored like the surreal landscape at Badwater Salt Flats. An equally scenic hike is along Salt Creek Trail along a cool, bubbling stream where the springtime climate is a hook for the illusive pupfish.
Death Valley National Park is a photographer’s dream come true during the spring season. The valley is home to birds, reptiles, mammals, and a thousand different plant species bursting forth with life. Along with sightings of roadrunners, Joshua trees, cacti, mesquite, and desert holly provide picture perfect opportunities.
Backcountry roads take you to points near and far on nearly a thousand miles of dirt and paved roads. For adventurers, bicycle or mountain bike provide a leisurely way to make your way along designated roads.
Immerse yourself into the wonders and mysteries of Death Valley and become one with the natural beauty of the desert at a backcountry campsite. Sleep under the stars as the breeze carries the fragrances of new spring growth.
Spring is also the time when hundreds of migratory birds make their own way across the sand dunes of the desert valley. Late April through early May is peak birdwatching season offering the best window for viewing dozens of species.
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center provides all the information needed about traversing the park. Rules and regulations are in place to protect this slice of American desert. By not leaving your imprint behind, spring will blossom again turning the desert sands into a palette of color and textures.