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2016 Anza Borrego Desert SP - Wildflower Reports

April 15, 2016 Jim Reports: Took a trip to McCain Valley to the Sacatone Overlook, which overlooks the southern part of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Found many cactus and wildflowers in bloom, plus a great view of the park and Carrizo Canyon. If you look across the canyon, you can see a portion of the San Diego to Arizona Railroad also referred to as "The Impossible Railroad".

April 11, 2016 Kathleen Reports: Beautiful desert blooms - I went see the 130 metal sculptures and because of the rain, the catcus plants and trees are in full bloom. Great day trip - Borrego Springs is a cute little town.

 

April 7, 2016 DUSA Reports: We took a ride off of Rt 78 to Grapevine Canyon on 4/6/16. We found many cactus in bloom and a variety of wildflowers, even a yellow cactus flower on a prickly pear cactus. The dirt road is in good shape and should be okay for most high clearance cars and trucks – just stay on the road.

 

April 4, 2016 Phil Reports: Ghost Mountain, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, March 30th

April 1, 2016 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Reports: Do not wait any longer to visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for flowers! Desert sunflowers in the “wildflower fields” along Henderson Canyon Road are mostly gone, though a few remain along the roadside.

The Visitor Center remains one of the best places to see a variety of things in bloom. Indigo bushes are bursting with fragrant purple blossoms, and many species of cacti can be found in bloom, along with ocotillo. There are still plenty of desert dandelions and pincushion flowers, also. Hikers can still enjoy a wide variety of wildflowers in Borrego Palm Canyon— cacti, ocotillo, indigo and other shrubs, as well as a few remaining annuals. The Ocotillo Forest along Borrego Springs Road is in full bloom and is worth the drive south of Christmas Circle!

Fragrant desert senna is blooming along Yaqui Pass Road (Highway S-3) north of Yaqui Pass primitive camp. The Cactus Loop Trail is a good place to look for different species of cactus in bloom. Yucca has been blooming in Blair Valley, with annuals reported along the Pictographs Trail. Agave stalks are shooting up along the Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail and along Highway 78 west of Tamarisk Grove. Look for those flowers to be opening over the next few weeks. Explore higher elevations as temperatures climb.

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Mar 31, 2016 Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association Reports: Recommended bloom locations: Mine Wash, in Anza-Borrego: The road into Mine Wash, before the Kumeyaay village site, is really beautiful right now with flowering cactus of several varieties, spiny senna, indigo bush, and ocotillo. Also Henderson Canyon (the canyon at the west end of Henderson Canyon Road)

Mar 27, 2016 Jim Reports: Henderson Canyon Rd and the entrance to Coyote Canyon are well past their peak, and the caterpillars are finishing off what's left. The best area we found was Mine Wash Rd off of Rt 78. Follow the dirt road for about a mile and you'll see many kinds of cactus in bloom along with many small wildflowers. You don't even have to get out of the car. You'll see more though, if you do hike around. NOTE: This not a place to take a dog!!! The cholla cactus stickers are on the ground and they will cause big problems for dogs. They can also cause you problems if you don't have good shoes, so be careful.

 

Watch where you step, note small wildflowers... and cholla cactus.

Henderson Canyon Rd

Entrance to Coyote Canyon

Roadrunner cleaning up the caterpillars

 

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When will the desert wildflowers bloom? We start our report in January, plan your visit to coincide with the peak of the bloom - keep up to date with DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports. Be sure to bookmark this page for weekly updates.

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