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Panamint Valley Area

Darwin Falls

Photo of Darwin Falls near Death Valley
Darwin Falls 2002

Darwin Falls is a remarkable oasis in the Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest and driest places in North America. This small but enchanting waterfall is somewhat of a hidden gem, located in the western part of the park near Panamint Springs.

Despite the arid environment of Death Valley, Darwin Falls is fed by a perennial stream, creating a rare and lush green area in the midst of the desert. The waterfall itself is approximately 20 feet (6 meters) high, cascading into a small pool. The surrounding area is a stark contrast to the typical Death Valley landscape, featuring a variety of plant life and even some wildlife, such as birds and frogs, that have adapted to this unique microenvironment.

The trail to Darwin Falls is relatively short but can be a bit challenging, involving some rock scrambling and navigation through narrow passages. However, the reward is a serene and picturesque spot, offering a refreshing change from the extreme desert conditions commonly associated with Death Valley.

Darwin Falls is a testament to the surprising diversity of environments that can be found within Death Valley National Park, and it's a must-see for visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience in this unique and extreme landscape.

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A waterfall in the middle of the arid desert. Named after Dr. Darwin French, Darwin Falls are truely unique and exceptional in every way. The year-round falls provide a water source for plants and wildlife.

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