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2015 Anza Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Reports

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.

Mar 19, 2015 Jack Reports: This photo was taken 3/18/2015 at Anza Borrego DSP, Henderson Canyon Rd


Mar 16, 2015 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Reports: Unseasonably warm temperatures earlier in the month brought annual wildflowers into bloom fairly quickly. Desert sunflower and dune primrose are still blooming along Henderson Canyon Road, creating one of the best “drive-by” shows in recent years. Good displays of dune primrose can also be found along Highway S-22 south of the “Pegleg” monument area. A few desert lilies have been spotted near the “Father Font” statue near the intersection of Borrego Springs Road and Henderson Canyon Road.

Annual flowers including purple phacelia and yellow desert dandelion are still blooming at the Visitor Center and in Borrego Palm Canyon, and cacti are starting to show off their colorful blossoms, too! Shrubs such as brittlebush, chuparosa, and sweet-smelling indigo bush are making a beautiful showing as well, especially in western canyons. Ocotillo are starting to 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.

Creamy brown-eyed evening primrose and bright yellow desert dandelions can be found alongside many of the roads throughout the Borrego Valley. Caterpillars of the white-lined sphinx moth have devoured most of the blossoms at the north end of DiGiorgio Road. Migrating Swainson’s hawks have finally descended into the valley and are gorging on the little beasts—will they make a dent in the population before the caterpillars start in on the Henderson Canyon Road wildflowers? Daytime temperatures are quite warm, but mornings are delightful for hiking, exploring, and wildflower-seeking!

Mar 16, 2015 Barbar Reports: Henderson Road-Anza Borrego area.



Mar 14, 2015 Dileep Reports: Some cactus in bloom at the visitor center this week.



Mar 12, 2015 DesertUSA Reports: Explored the lower half of Grapevine Canyon Road. (This is a dirt road, the entrance is by Yaqui Well.) There are lots of wildflowers and cactus in bloom there. There are also wildflowers and cactus in bloom along Yaqui Pass Rd. Spotted some bighorn sheep on the hillside above the road.








Henderson Canyon Road looks great and may be close to its peak.





Mar 9, 2015 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Reports: Unseasonably warm temperatures earlier in the month brought annual wildflowers into bloom fairly quickly. Desert sunflower and dune primrose are blooming along Henderson Canyon Road, creating one of the best “drive-by” shows in recent years. Good displays of sand verbena can also be found in the fields along DiGiorgio Road.

Annual flowers including purple phacelia and yellow desert dandelion are still blooming at the Visitor Center and in Borrego Palm Canyon, and cacti are starting to show off their colorful blossoms, too! Shrubs such as brittlebush, chuparosa, and sweet-smelling indigo bush are making a beautiful showing as well, especially in western canyons. Creamy brown-eyed evening primrose and bright yellow desert dandelions can be found alongside many of the roads throughout the Borrego Valley.

Desert lilies are blooming among a variety of annual plants along Henderson Canyon Road. Caterpillars of the white-lined sphinx moth have devoured most of the blossoms at the north end of DiGiorgio Road. Migrating Swainson’s hawks have finally descended into the valley and are gorging on the little beasts—will they make a dent in the population before the caterpillars start in on the Henderson Canyon Road wildflowers? Daytime temperatures are warm, but mornings are delightful for hiking, exploring, and wildflower-seeking!

Mar 9, 2015 Ianna Reports: Henderson Road in Anza Borrego in bloom 3/8/15


 

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