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2015 Anza Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Reports

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.



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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.




Mar 25, 2015 Robert Reports: Palm Canyon – Monday May 23.



Mar 23, 2015 Pam Reports: All these pictures were taken on Fri., March 20, 2015. The first 2 pictures were taken on the drive back to the Slot or on the Slot hike which opens into a canyon. You have to walk beyond the Slot to see the flowers but this is more of a beautiful view hike as there are not too many flowers there.



The next 3 photos were on the drive to the Mine Wash. We then drove to the Mine Wash until we reached the Kumeyaay Village sign at the end of the road. There is plenty of parking there. As you drive in, you will see beautiful flowers all along the road but keep going to the end and get out and walk just a short distance. You will not be disappointed as flowers are everywhere. My pictures don’t do it justice. The Ocotillo seem to be at peak and are everywhere. I am not from CA so I don’t know the names of the flowers. I do know that Beavertail Cactus, Cholla, Hedgehog and Fishhook Cactus are just beginning to bloom. There is also one large Agave plant that is in bloom. I have never been down the Mine Wash before but if you are heading to Anza Borrego and looking for a place that flowers are still in bloom and the cactus have not reached their peak, I would go there. It says they recommend a 4 wheel drive but we went in a small SUV. There is some loose sand on the drive and also there are a few places with rocks in the road. We had no trouble. (We did see some cars at the end of the road.) If you don’t want to drive, you can park at the entrance and walk. We also saw a jack-rabbit on the road.




Although there are some flowers on the Palm Canyon hike, I would say they are past peak but there are still some flowers there especially in the shaded areas.

Mar 20, 2015 Jim Reports: Warm weather and the caterpillars have reduce some of the blooms on Henderson Canyon road. The dune primrose are almost gone from the area. The desert sunflowers are still doing okay, but are past their peak. There are lots of butterflies in the area and are feeding off the flowers.

The southern part of the park have cactus in bloom along with the Mojave Yucca. The cactus are also blooming along Yaqui Pass Rd. There are also wildflowers along Mine Wash road off of Rt 78.




Here is a video of some bighorn sheep on the hillside above Yaqui Pass Rd.


 

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