Darwin Falls

Death Valley, California

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This is a short hike to a delightful moist microclimate with multitiered waterfalls tucked away in a scenic canyon. Darwin Stream is the only permanent water in this area of the park. Flowing from the China Garden Spring, Darwin supplies the town of Panamint Springs with water via a pipeline, which is visible on both the drive and the hike to the falls. This year-round water source sustains dense willow and cottonwood thickets in the valley and canyon as well as a thriving population of birds. Swifts and red-tailed hawks soar overhead.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This is a short hike to a delightful moist microclimate with multitiered waterfalls tucked away in a scenic canyon. Darwin Stream is the only permanent water in this area of the park.

Flowing from the China Garden Spring, Darwin supplies the town of Panamint Springs with water via a pipeline, which is visible on both the drive and the hike to the falls. This year-round water source sustains dense willow and cottonwood thickets in the valley and canyon as well as a thriving population of birds. Swifts and red-tailed hawks soar overhead.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Best season: October through June
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitor Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Darwin-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Darwin Falls

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