Anza-Borrego Desert SP - Wildflower Reports
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2016 Anza Borrego Desert SP - Wildflower Reports
Feb 5, 2016 DUSA Reports: Still early, some buds in a few area.
Feb 1, 2016 Steve Reports: I have attached some jpegs of my trip to the Anza Borrego area & state park made earlier this month on 1-1-16. I know there are no flower photos here, but I hope you find a few of these to be interesting.
One of the residents of the valley has constructed about 100 life sized metal sculptures placing them in different parts of the private lands in the valley that surrounds Borrego Springs. The sculptures represent animals that are known through the fossil record to have lived in the area. These are elephants or possibly mastodons.
Our 2nd stop many miles away was the Wind Caves. This is one of the first caves you see as you come up the north trail.
Back on S22 about 5 miles east of the airport I caught this sunset shot. It is just a post card picture, but very pretty.
Feb 1, 2016 DUSA Reports: More rain on Sunday, looking good for wildflowers this year.
Jan 28, 2016 DUSA Reports: On 1/27/16, we took a quick trip to the park to see what was happening with the wildflowers so far this year. We checked Henderson Canyon Rd., Coyote Canyon and Fish Creek. It's still early; there weren't many wildflowers.
On Henderson Canyon Road we didn’t find much, just a few buds here and there. We drove over to Coyote Canyon where the ocotillo was very green, and some even had a few flowers. We stopped a little past the first crossing, and found there was water running in the creek. We couldn’t find much in wildflowers in that area, though we did find creosote bushes with flowers and seedpods.
creosote bush flower
We then headed south over to Elephant Tree Wash, where there were a few new cactus starting to grow as well as a few buds on the indigo bushes.
Next we headed into Split Mountain via Fish Creek Wash, it’s dry right now but the last rain did send water down the creek. There are still some soft spots so if you go, you really need to have a four-wheel-drive vehicle. There were flowers just past the Wind Cave area and more flowers in the middle of the wash.
We found this plant growing on the canyon wall – note how the rocks are twisted due to past earthquakes.
The flowers are there, right now though, they are just hard to find. There may be more rain on Sunday.
Jan 21, 2016 DUSA Reports: Some areas along Henderson Canyon Rd have small patches of green, the plants are starting to grow. Fish Creek got some rain and there are some flowers. You’ll need a 4X4 in this area - there are some soft spots in the sand.
Jan 6, 2016 DUSA Reports: .75 inch of rain fell in parts of the park and more rain is on the way.
2015 Anza Borrego Desert SP - Wildflower Reports
Dec 19, 2015 DUSA Reports: There are a fews reports of wildflowers blooming in the park, but hard to find, still early.
Oct 22, 2015 DUSA Reports: Visited Anza Borrego on Wednesday, the areas that got rain have green glass along the road and a few wildflowers. Some of the Ocotillos are green while others are brown. Very nice weather there here are two pictures.
Borrego Springs Days Desert Festival is this weekend October 23-25, 2015, weather should be good.
Borrego Springs Rd going north
Henderson Canyon Road 10/21/15
June 2, 2015 DUSA Reports: The flowers are gone now, a few Desert Agave are still in bloom. The park is looking for Sheep Count Volunteers - Orientation is June 20.The count takes place the 4th of July weekend. More information
May 15, 2015 DUSA Reports: Desert Agave can be found in bloom around town and along Highway 78. As late spring turns into summer, smoketrees are expected to burst into bloom, covered with fragrant purple blossoms. Some rain in the desert today and next week should be cooler then normal for this time of year.
May 01, 2015 Jim Reports: Wildflowers are blooming along the Sunrise Highway overlooking the Anza Borrego Desert.
April 28, 2015 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Reports: High temperatures are expected for the coming months. Hikers and other visitors should be prepared with plenty of water.
The spring bloom of annual wildflowers is pretty much past, with a few exceptions at higher elevations.
Ironwood trees are blooming, and a few cactus can still be found in bloom. Look for Pencil (or Diamond) Cholla at the Visitor Center in the afternoons. This is a good time to see Desert Willow in bloom, and we have a gorgeous specimen at the Visitor Center, near the Edith M. Nierenberg Plaza!
Desert Agave can be found in bloom around town and along Highway 78.
As late spring turns into summer, smoketrees are expected to burst into bloom, covered with fragrant purple blossoms.
April 03, 2015 Jim Reports: There are still wildflowers in the park, but you have to look for them. The cactus are still blooming on the hillsides. Henderson Canyon Road has a few desert sunflowers, but it is no longer the place to visit.
Looking for some shade
April 01, 2015 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Reports: Warm temperatures are expected for the coming weeks. Hikers and other visitors should be prepared with plenty of water.
The annual wildflowers on the desert floor are quickly going to seed and drying up. This includes the easily accessible “drive-by” fields of flowers. Flower seekers willing to explore the western canyons and higher elevations on foot can still find individual specimens of many annuals.
Palo verde trees at the Visitor Center (and around town) are gorgeous right now, covered with yellow blossoms. A few annuals, some cacti, and shrubs are still blooming there as well. Ocotillo are in full bloom, with flaming red blossoms at their tips. Good places to look for them are in Ocotillo Flats along the Coyote Canyon road, and along Borrego Springs Road south of Christmas Circle.
Higher elevations are starting to look beautiful, and will be a good place to focus on as lower elevation blooms dry up. You’ll see some roadside flowers, but pull into the Culp Valley Primitive Camp (OK for two-wheel-drive vehicles) and take a walk to explore—see what you can find! Daytime temperatures are quite warm, but mornings and evenings are delightful for hiking, exploring, and wildflower-seeking!
Mar 26, 2015 Jim Reports: Went to Mine Wash off of Rt 78. A narrow dirt road that goes into the wash for a few miles. Lots of cactus, bushes and wildflowers in bloom. These pictures were taken 3/25/15, all within 1 mile of Rt 78, easy walk if you don't want to drive the dirt road.
Mar 25, 2015 Michael Reports: I visited Anza Borrego Sunday 3/22/2015. Attached is a selection of pictures The first one i from Henderson Canyon Road, the remainder are from along S2. There’s still a lot of color to be found. Along S2 the southern end of the park seemed to have more easily visible flowers. There’s plenty to be found, but you have to drive slow and get out of your vehicle once you’ve spotted some color and explore.
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