Death Valley's average rainfall has been around 2.6 inches per year since such data has been recorded (compared with California's average of 14.8 inches per year). But thanks to this year's powerful El Niño, Death Valley has already seen almost 2.1 inches of rainfall so far in 2016 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The result? A blanket of beautiful and rare wildflowers.
Make sure to catch the peak of the super bloom now through the beginning of April, when the wildflowers start to disappear due to higher temperatures and drier conditions (you can track where the blooms are appearing—and disappearing—with this map from the NPS). It's the ideal place for Instagram junkies, too—just check out all the beautiful bloom shots that have been posted from Death Valley already. If you go, share your snap with us using #traveldeeper. Then, put your phone away and revel in the persistance of life to flourish—even in the most unexpected places.