There is a lot to recommend about Death Valley. One of the great myths of the place is that there is no water.
There is a LOT of water in Death Valley. Some of it is to be found in hidden oasis locations. Such a place is Darwin Falls. This isn’t all that far from where I saw a couple of B-52’s flying nap of the earth a week or so ago. If you’re going to visit the Panamint Range in Death Valley, a stop at Darwin Falls is a must.
There is an established trail to the falls and it’s not a difficult hike. If you arrive early in the morning you will likely see deer, and/or big horn sheep.
If I’m in the area, I like to plan a picnic lunch in the area. Remember, if you pack it in, please pack it out. Bring a heavy blanket for ground cover, lay back after a leisurely lunch and take a nap with the falls splashing playfully in the background. Of the times that I’ve visited, I’m almost always the only person there. (or my party is the only people there)
On a hot day, there is the relief of shade and you can soak your feet in the water and cool off if you’re of a mind.
There will be more blogging about my recent trip to Death Valley…until I need to head out again and have more adventures to share. Should Darwin Falls be on your bucket list?
It all depends what you enjoy.
|The hike in doesn’t prepare you for the fall|
Darwin Falls is actually a series of waterfalls. The runs pictured below and the pools empty into a third pool that just stays there as the water sinks into the sand.