For the first time since 2005, the national park may experience a 'super bloom.'


Super blooms only happen once every decade, and it looks like Death Valley might be gearing up for such an event. But first, some background: Super blooms—which are exactly what they sound like—only occur when there's the perfect mix of rain, warm temperatures, and low wind speeds. Given the specific formula and the world's ever-changing climate patterns, it's not often that one gets to take in such a colorful scene in a region of the world so well known for its barren landscape.

According to Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenberg (he's the one featured in the video above and has lived in the area for 25 years), the last super bloom took place in 2005. You'll always be able to find some sort of flower in bloom year-round at the park, but never all together quite like this. But like any true natural phenomenon, this is not a permanent sight. Is Death Valley on your bucket list? Now might be the time to take that trip.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.