Deserts are often considered to be synonymous with desolation. They are seen as barren tracts of sand dunes to travers in flowing white robes astride a camel or stallion in Lawrence of Arabia style. Yet, deserts are incredibly diverse ecosystems and the Mojave spans a wide range of territory including parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Along with sand dunes and hot springs, the Mojave is home to a brilliant array of wildflowers.
Death Valley may be desolate but it is not wholly devoid of life. Occasional springs experience the jaw dropping “super bloom” which floods the valley with brilliant flowers. While June is well past the beauty of spring, some buds still remain.
The road to Cerro Gordo is lined with lupines and flowering cactus. The steep climb travels through several micro climates hospitable to a wide range of flora, including Joshua Trees.