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“A Surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Darwin Falls

Darwin Falls
Death Valley National Park, CA
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Kansas City, Missouri
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“A Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We drove in our rear-wheel drive merc and found the road okay. Encountering other vehicles was not a problem; there was room for one vehicle or the other to pull over. Stopping at the first trailhead enabled us to walk to the waterfall and marvel at the effects of a flash flood (we had been told of while in the Panamint Springs restaurant) that swept through the area about a year ago. Note to self: this is not the place to be when it has rained heavily upstream! It was peaceful and beautiful. The terrain was gentle, even for my battered knee.

Visited February 2013
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Ridgecrest, California
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“Darwin Falls, Death Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

it's a 15 ft. year-round waterfall in the middle of nowhere! And there's a 30 ft. fall about a mile above this one, a bit difficult to reach. The road is 2.5 miles of pretty rough, then walk a mile to the falls. Enjoy the shade, the ferns, the birds, the cool. It's amazing! Hike is class 2...

Visited March 2012
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California
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“Interesting oasis in Death Valley, best appreciated on the way out of the park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stopped at Darwin Falls on the way out of the Death Valley, which is the way to experience it. It is just a small waterfall, but after you've been in the desert for a few days you really appreciate how amazing the place is. We drove a minivan up the 2+ very rough dirt road. The worst parts of the road are right at the start and at the parking lot. To get to the falls, you have to scramble across rocks and creek crossings - my kids enjoyed this part of it. You will need good shoes. On the return hike, we noticed blue and green rocks in the canyon walls. This stop took us over 2 hours, between the drive in and out and the hike.

Visited November 2012
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