Darwin Falls Wilderness Area

Darwin Falls Wilderness area is a relatively small 8,000 acres on the immediate western side of Death Valley. This oasis is surrounded by mostly very dry and hot terrain. There is a year-round waterfall with lots of riparian foliage and a large pool of water. Darwin Canyon contains cottonwood trees and willows. Its remote location lends itself to lots of native plants and birds. Joshua Tree woodlands and Pinyon Pines can be found in the higher elevation areas, while creosote bush dominates the lower areas, as it is in so much of the desert.

Native California Fan Palms can be found here, which are the only native palm in California. Most of the cultivated palms you see in cities are unfortunately not native. They are interestingly a relict species from more tropical southern roots, but are currently threatened by humans and palm-boring beetles.

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