Colorful wildflowers aren't the first thing to come to mind when you think of spring in a place called Death Valley. But the barren stretch of dessert in Southern California is coming alive with a so-called "Super Bloom."
Once every 10 years, millions of flowers blanket Death Valley National Park.
About 20 wildflower species will pop up in the region. But their time in the valley will be short-lived. After April, temperatures will climb well over 100 degrees and cause most of these beautiful flowers to wilt.
Currently the blooms have started in the southeastern corner of the park, but as the temperature rises, they'll move to higher elevations where temperatures remain slightly cooler.
If you want to catch a glimpse of the rare sign of life in the valley, Badwater Road is the recommended trail to see the beauty in full bloom. Another insider tip is to visit the park in the early morning or afternoon light to see the flowers at their most vibrant colors.
What you should expect to see are fields of speckled gold--Desert gold, that is. Desert gold is yellow daisy-like flower that's covering most of the park. But there are also varieties of Gravel Ghosts and Desert Five-Spot flowers that are too stunning for words:
The last time the super bloom took place was in 2005, but Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburn, warns that this "could be a once in a lifetime opportunity."