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2015 Anza Borrego Desert SP - Wildflower Reports

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.



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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.




 

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

 

 


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