March 2008, Death Valley National Park, California
In stark contrast to the surrounding desert environment, Darwin Falls is a year-round waterfall in a very remote area of the park. The spring-fed waterfall can be reached by taking a 2-mile dirt road to the parking lot, followed by a relatively easy one-mile hike.
There are actually 2 waterfalls - an upper and a lower. Pictured here is the lower falls which is roughly 20 feet tall. The much taller 60 foot upper falls can be reached about 1/4 mile upstream after doing some rather precarious rock climbing.
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