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 Desert Tortios ©Ellen Layendecker

The abundant winter rains should make an extraordinary spring bloom in Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree National Park. 
Of course, we need the right balance of rain this winter and warm and sunny spring days for the superbloom to materialize.  However, prospects are looking good.  
There will be flowers in any case!  


California Desert Super Bloom
April 5-13, 2023

Dear Friends:

Join us!... as we explore California’s desert paradise, Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Mojave National Preserve.  With these abundant rains, the wildflower bloom should be incredible.  We will explore the major features of each location, with a special look at the spring wildflowers, but also watch for local birds (hummingbirds and roadrunners) and a possible desert tortoise.

Death Valley

Starting from Las Vegas, we will spend 4 nights in Death Valley.  The National Park has the lowest point in the United States at 282 feet below sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks which soar more than 11,000 feet overhead. It offers the pristine tranquility of wilderness and expansive scenery, as well as an historic oasis. There will be night time dark sky viewing with the waning Full Moon, and an incredible silence when you are away from civilization. 

The expedition visits Zabriskie Point for the extraordinary view over Death Valley, Salt Creek, Ubehebe Crater and look for wildflowers on the bajada (alluvial fans). Continue to see the Sand Dunes and Marble Canyon. Enjoy an Evening of star gazing.

Explore Titus Canyon, a geologic wonderland of rock formations that date millions of years ago. Continue to Mojave National Preserve to see massive sand dunes and the historic Kelso train depot. 

Continue to Joshua Tree National Park to see the majestic Joshua Trees, cholla and other cacti.  If we are lucky, we will see the Joshua Trees blooming!
Watch for birds and red barrel cactus as we traverse the Geology Route (road conditions permitting).  Don't miss the amazing boulder jumbles covered with sunning reptiles.  

With leadership by outstanding naturalist David Wimpfheimer, discover these California wonderlands of geology, desert wildflowers, and star studded night skies in a year of extraordinary bloom. We will explore the major features of each location, with a special look at the spring wildflowers.

Join us this spring! And discover awesome wildflowers, a brilliant dark sky and spectacular scenery. 

Sincerely,

Margaret M. Betchart
President

$3,995 plus air.

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