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2014 Anza Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Reports


June 1, 2014 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park reports: Smoketrees are blooming! One of the treats of summer.

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April 30, 2014 Anza-Borrego Foundation reports: There are still a few cacti in bloom around Anza-Borrego Desert State Park- found in Plum Canyon today!

April 18, 2014 ABDSP reports: Winter rains this year have not been enough to prompt a showy display of annual wildflowers, but a careful observer willing to spend some time looking can find something in bloom somewhere. Cacti, shrubs, and ocotillo are persisting in small numbers.

The Palo Verde trees are still blooming at the Visitor Center and around town, but the bright yellow blossoms won’t last much longer. The Visitor Center’s Desert Willow is in full bloom, with gorgeous lavender blossoms. Ironwoods and indigo bushes are beginning to sport tiny purple flowers. Hikers may still find occasional blooming plants in western canyons, and should try sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, particularly at higher elevations, for more flowers.

April 15, 2014 DUSA reports: Checked Coyote Canyon for wildflowers, found only a few by the 3rd crossing, still some water there.

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April 11, 2014 Jim reports: Took a trip down Grapevine Canyon on 4/9/14 – there are lots of wildflowers and cactuses in bloom on the upper part of the canyon. High clearance vehicle definitely recommended, there are a few rocky areas once you are in the park. We came off of S22 by Ranchita. There is a sign marking the road. From there it's all downhill; it's the best way to go. The flowers can be spotted from the car.

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April 3, 2014 Ewing reports: This yellow Ocotillo bloom is actually in my yard in Ocotillo. It started out as a 12" cutting about 15 years ago. Thought you may enjoy it.

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April 3, 2014 Anna reports: I saw this Echinocerus engelmannii at Yaqui Wells on March 31 in the Anza Borrego desert. Very green shrubs with Acacia and Ocotillo in flower. Perhaps 6 annual plant in flower. Back to Toronto tomorrow.

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April 1, 2014 Anza Borrego DSP reports: The Palo Verde trees still blooming at the Visitor Center, but the bright yellow blossoms won’t last much longer. The Visitor Center also has cactus in bloom—Gander’s Cholla, Barrel cactus, and a few Hedgehog flowering.

Ocotillo are in full bloom in the north and south forks of Indian Canyon (Four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles only!) in the southern part of the park, and along highway S-3 entering Borrego Springs from the south.

Agave are starting to send up flowering stalks along Highway 78 between Tamarisk Grove and Plum Canyon, on the north side of the road.

Drivers of four-wheel-drive vehicles can find some annuals in the Grapevine Canyon area, as well as in Coyote Canyon.

Hikers/walkers are finding some annuals in the “new” washes north and south of the road into Glorieta Canyon—ground cherry, cryptantha, poppies—and the spiny desert senna is starting to bloom along the road. It smells so good! 2WD is OK, but vehicles need some clearance to get all the way up the road. Look for dyeweed and indigo bush, also.

Coyote Canyon, Borrego Palm Canyon, and Cool Canyon, as well as other western canyons, are a good place to hike and look for blooms.

The hike to Big Spring, in the Culp Valley area, should yield several varieties of flowering shrubs, and perhaps a few annuals near water.

April 1, 2014 Anna reports: Anza Borrego has good Ocotillo and Palo verde.

April 1, 2014 Borregohiking.com reports: The west side of the Grapevine mountain is always a good place for flowers The first time this season, monkey flowers and 2 species in the same wash.

Mar 24, 2014 Anza Borrego DSP reports: Winter rains this year have not been enough to prompt a showy display of annual wildflowers, but a careful observer willing to spend some time looking can find something in bloom somewhere.

The Palo Verde trees are absolutely stunning at the Visitor Center! Loaded with yellow blossoms and literally buzzing with bees, they are a delight that won’t last much longer. The Visitor Center also has brittlebush and chuparosa in bloom, as well as Wolf’s Cholla, Hedgehog, and Barrel cactus flowering.

Ocotillo are in full bloom in the north and south forks of Indian Canyon (Four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles only!) in the southern part of the park, and along highway S-3 entering Borrego Springs from the south. Agave are starting to send up flowering stalks along Highway 78 between Tamarisk Grove and Plum Canyon, on the north side of the road.

Hikers/walkers are finding some annuals in the “new” washes north and south of the road into Glorieta Canyon—ground cherry, cryptantha, poppies—and the spiny desert senna is starting to bloom along the road. It smells so good! 2WD is OK, but vehicles need some clearance to get all the way up the road.

Coyote Canyon, Borrego Palm Canyon, and Cool Canyon, as well as other western canyons, are a good place to hike and look for blooms. Visitors reported a few poppy plants in bloom in Lizard Wash. It is 4WD-only, so flower-seekers in regular cars should park on the side of Highway 78 and walk in. You shouldn’t have to walk very far to find a few flowers.

The hike to Big Spring, in the Culp Valley area, should yield several varieties of flowering shrubs, and perhaps a few annuals near water.

Mar 24, 2014 Jean reports: We were in Anza Borrego this past week and surprisingly found Desert Aster in Oyster Wash. In addition to the Ocotillo the Palo Verde trees were exploding in yellow flowers.

Mar 20, 2014 Chris reports: Mar 15 and Mar 16, explored around the highway 78 area of Anza Borrego park, looking at Plum Canyon, Mine Wash, Pinyon Wash, Harper Canyon and Grapevine Canyon. Ocotillo dominate the landscape and the best scenery is the Mine Wash Pinyon Wash area. While not out yet, the hedgehog, fish hook and beaver tail cactus are full of blooms, it won't be long at all... Here is a picture from Nolina wash, a side wash in Pinyon wash.

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Mar 17, 2014 Jim reports: Found a few wildflower along S2 near the 30 mile marker. The Ocotillo were in bloom, and few cactus were also blooming, but you have to search for them.

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Mar 8, 2014 Jim reports: Drove into the park on Route 78 checked Plum Canyon and then took the S3 through Borrego Springs. Followed S22 up to the wash that goes to Font's Point. It was all very dry. I did not hike into any area, just search from my car, on paved roads, saw only a few wildflowers. This year we are going to have to hunt for the wildflowers. If you have a 4X4 you should find a few wildflower along Coyote Creek after the second crossing.

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Feb 28, 2014 - Alice Reports: We hiked from Fish Creek primitive campground up fish creek wash through Split Mountain Rd. and were surprised to see wildflowers! This was on February 22, 2014.

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Feb 28, 2014 - Anza-Borrego Foundation Reports: There's rain in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Feb 21, 2014 - Anza-Borrego Foundation Reports: Some wildflowers found in Split Mountain/Fish Creek area.

Feb. 6, 2014 - Jim reports: Drove into the park on Route 78 and took the S3 through Borrego Springs. Followed S22 up to the wash that goes to Font's Point. All was very dry. Very nice weather. From the wash I returned back west to Coyote Canyon. The first part of the road up to Desert Gardens is in good shape. 4WD is recommended for the road once you pass Desert Gardens.

The rain storm late last year moved a lot of water through the canyon. The first crossing of the creek is now farther south and there is a pretty good flow of water in the creek. There are some wildflowers in the area, but without any rain for the last few months the wildflower outlook for this year is not good. Here are a few pictures from Coyote Canyon taken this week.

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Jan 30, 2014 - Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports: Some wildflowers on some of the hiking trails. More...

Jan 21, 2014 - DUSA reports: Some wildflowers are being spotted in Culp Valley area at the higher elevations, still very dry and sunny.

Jan 13, 2014 - DUSA reports: The weather is great, but there has been no rain in the last two weeks. Lots to see, but no wildflowers; it's still too early. We'll need rain to have a good showing, but there is no rain in the next 8 day forecast. Still it's fun to visit and there's lots to see. Be sure and check out the Metal Art Sculptures around Borrego Springs.

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2013 Wildflower Reports

Oct. 1, 2013 Jim for DesertUSA reports: Started my tour at Route 78, then stopped at Plum Canyon, and next took Yaqui Pass Road to Borrego Springs Road. I worked my way to Henderson Canyon Road by way of Palm Canyon Dr. S 22. Next stop was Coyote Canyon then I returned via Borrego Springs Road and took S 22 up the mountain heading back to San Diego. Map and pictures are below. Pins are where the pictures were taken.



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