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Jan 20 2017 DUSA reports: Exercise caution if visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (flooding) & consider postponing your visit until after the storm to safely enjoy all the park has to offer. This is posted on the parks website. Also see post by Ocotillo Wells SVRA below flower pictures.

Jan 19, 2017 DUSA reports: The plants are getting green and more rain is on the way. We should start seeing flowers in a few weeks. Here's what we found on Wednesday. We explored Plum Canyon off of RT 78, Yaqui Well, and the Coyote Canyon area at the end of DiGiorgio Rd.

4 photos above taken in Plum Canyon

End of DiGiorgio Rd


Jan 19, 2017 Ocotillo Wells SVRA reports: Biggest Storms in 10 Years to Impact Ocotillo Wells SVRA! The staff here at Ocotillo Wells SVRA highly encourages all visitors that had plans to come out this weekend to move their trip to another weekend. It does rain here, it has rained out here and the rains predicted this weekend will create a very dangerous situation. Please take your safety into your own hands and consider that this weekend, the best plan will be to protect your home. The National Weather Service is predicting that the upcoming series of storms this weekend will have a significant impact to Ocotillo Wells SVRA.

Due to a soaking storm last weekend, the ground at Ocotillo Wells SVRA is already saturated and any additional rain will quickly lead to flash flooding. Last weekend there were already numerous rescues and accidents caused by the extremely muddy conditions. Many people had to pay for costly extractions by towing companies; that is if the tow truck could even reach them. The chances of getting stuck are so high that park employees are not able to respond to rescue visitors; they simply can’t make it to them.

Jan 13, 2017 DUSA reports: Checked the the area around Coyote Canyon and Henderson Canyon Road for early signs of wildflowers on Wednesday. It has rained in the area and the soil is wet about 1 inch down. More rain is on the way, still very early for wildflowers but got some interesting pictures.

Seeds starting to grow

Getting ready to bloom.

Early sunflower in bloom Henderson Canyon Rd.

Rain trying to get over the mountains

View from Fonts Wash off of Borrego Salton Seaway Rd.

View from the S22 turn out


Jan 6, 2017 Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports: Flower prediction in response to the questions we are getting: We all know the saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” That same principle holds true for our desert region, “Winter Showers Bring Spring Flowers.” Especially, slow-moving storms that hang over the desert for several days, including overcast skies, cool temperatures, and light or little wind, all of which we experienced over the holidays. Nearly two inches of rain fell, and rather than evaporating due to heat and wind, favorable weather conditions gave the rain a chance to soak into the desert’s porous soil, providing the moisture to germinate the seeds of colorful spring wildflowers.

Weather conditions remain favorable with continued cloud cover, cool day and nighttime temperatures, and light winds. If we’re lucky, another storm or two will cross our western mountains yet this winter. Plan your desert springtime visits, as we are expecting a good wildflower season!

Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain in ABDSP area this weekend good start for the upcoming wildflower season.


2016 Anza Borrego Desert SP - Wildflower Reports

Dec 23, 2016 DUSA Reports: Rain in forecast for the weekend, some flash floods in the creeks. Check road conditions before traveling. San Felipe Wash 12/22/2016 below.


Dec 3, 2016 DUSA Reports: Checked out Coyote Canyon at the 2nd crossing found a few wildflower, still very early for wildflowers. When it got dark we took some pictures of the metal art in the Borrego Springs area. Fun trip great to get back in the desert in the cool weather. It was 32 degrees when we left at 9pm. Some pictures below.

Nov 23, 2016 DUSA Reports: Saw a few wildflowers along a road, but it is still early for next wildflower season. The ABDNHA is reporting some wildflowers in Coyote Canyon near the 2nd crossing. The desert has received little rain so far, we will need more for a good 2017 wildflower season.



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