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Darwin Falls Professional Review and Guide
"Highlights of Darwin Falls include bird-watching along a year-round desert stream, with a forked waterfall in a densely vegetated canyon gorge. The delightful moist microclimate of the falls is tucked away in a secluded canyon. Darwin Falls is nestled at the western edge of the expansion area of Death Valley National Park, adjacent to the 8,600-acre Darwin Falls Wilderness Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management immediately west of the park. Darwin Stream is the only permanent water in this west-central region of the park. Flowing from the China Garden Spring, Darwin supplies the Panamint Springs Resort with water via a pipeline 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 bird population. Swifts and red-tailed hawks soar overhead, and are among the more than eighty bird species that have been seen here."
--Bill and Polly Cunningham, Best Easy Day Hikes: Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides).
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