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2017 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
Feb 27, 2017 Barbara reports: The lupines are in great patches on Route 60 west of Florence Junction, AZ
The poppies are on Peridot Mesa, San Carlos, AZ mile marker 268 on Route 70 east of Globe, AZ
Feb 26, 2017 Bob reports: Hiked the Quartz Trail in Cave Creek Reg. Pk., Cave Creek, AZ on Wednesday. Saw a sprinkling of poppies. We had rain in the fall and a lot this winter...hopefully we have a good WF season. I'm also attaching a picture of "Michelin Man." One of the most unique saguaro cactus you will ever see...just off the Quartz Trail.
Feb 26, 2017 Mark reports: Phoenix Sonoran Preserve new park just opened. Lots of lupine, seeded beddings, believe poppies and bluebells. Carefree highway east of 17 freeway. Parking lot on south side.
Feb 26, 2017 Philip Lowe reports: the famous hillsides of poppies at PERIDOT MESA on the San Carlos Apache Reservation east of Globe, AZ are approaching peak - and should be spectacular during the first week of March. Make sure you buy the required $10 daily recreation permit if you drive onto Apache Land to photograph the flowers; fail to do that and Tribal Game Rangers can fine you - and confiscate your camera, too. $10 is a bargain, too; the hillsides of flowers are breathtaking - and easy to find, near Milepost #268 on Highway 70, about ten minutes drive east of the Apache Gold Casino (or 20 minutes due east of Globe). Other flowers to watch for include lupine, chicory, phacelia, globemallow and desert dandelion.
Feb 24, 2017 Bayou Bill reports: We found a few poppies and lupine growing along the Apache Trail. Flower displays are sporadic at this time. It’s not quite time to take a serious day out there yet but a few photos can be had.
Feb 24, 2017 Eva reports: Photos by Steve taken at Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, Phoenix, on February 22, 2017.
Feb 22, 2017 Howard reports: photos were taken last Saturday above Saguaro Lake in the foothills above the Butcher Jones campsite off the Bush highway … early morning and drizzling rain.
Feb 22, 2017 Miyuki reports: First Water / Dutchman Trail 104 at Superstition Mountain Quite a few Redstem Stork’s Bill seen on the site.
Feb 22, 2017 Jane reports: Mexican Gold Poppies are blooming now on the Pipeline Trail at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The footbridge is closed due to high water but there are a lot of flowers before you reach the bridge.
Feb 18, 2017 Barbara reports: Mexican Poppies below Eagle Rock on the Superstition Foothills trail system.
Feb 17, 2017 Robert reports: Photos were taken 3/15/17 while hiking near Price in Panal County, AZ
More 2017 report on page 2
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