Darwin Falls

Death Valley, California

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best: October through June
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS 1:24,000 topo map Darwin-CA

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Jun 2018