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2017 Joshua Tree Wildflower Reports

Feb 27, 2017 John reports: The wildflower bloom is already starting in earnest by the Cottonwood Springs Entrance. A few species can be found in the higher elevations. The Ocotillo are starting to bloom in the lower elevations and should be fabulous this year.

Feb 24, 2017 Steve reports: I was out at the south end of Joshua Tree and through Box Canton to Mecca yesterday. At nature trail at south entrance to JTNP there was one spectacular Encelia farinosa in bloom, and a number of Peritoma arborea in bloom in the wash leading south from the nature trail sign. The Opuntia basilaris were in full bud (larger ones having perhaps 100 or so buds) and should be spectacular later.

In Box Canyon (the road to Mecca), the lupine (arizonicus?) along the road in the lower part were in full bloom and quite showy. Across the road from Shaver's Well, the hillside was full of Peritoma arborea in bloom. Abronia villosa starting in lower part of canyon, as well as a few Gerea in bloom there. The various suncups (Camissonia, etc) were just starting - a few yeloow and a few brown-eyed were in bloom. A few Phacelia of a couple different species also in bloom. In general, there is a green film over everything, but it is early days yet.

Feb 18, 2017 Joshua Tree NP reports: Rain is in the forecast for this weekend which means some dirt roads in the park may be temporarily closed soon. Park maintenance crews close park roads when conditions are unsafe for vehicles to pass and to protect the road surface. Bypassing closures may cause damage to road, costing thousands of dollars and lots of time to repair.

Feb 17, 2017 DUSA reports: A few wildflowers are starting to show at the south entrance of the park, rain is in the forecast for the weekend.

Jan 23, 2017 Joshua Tree NP reports: Weather update: Flood Advisory in effect from January 23, until January 24, 05:15 PM PST. Showers and high winds are in the forecast until tomorrow. Please drive cautiously if you're planning a visit to the park. Be mindful of flooded parts along highway 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway), and bring rain appropriate gear.

Jan 20, 2017 Joshua Tree NP reports: Most dirt roads are currently closed due to rain and flood damage. They will likely be closed through the weekend and until further notice.

Jan 13, 2017 Joshua Tree NP reports: Rain in park, several road closed due to rainfall. Keys Ranch ranger-led tours are cancelled thru the weekend due to rainfall and poor road conditions.

Jan 1, 2017 Raymond reports: Just returned from a trip to Joshua Tree NP. They've had lots of rain and many plants are starting to put out leaves. We didn't see many wildflowers yet, but between mile markers 28 and 29 on the Pinto Basin Road I stopped to look at many blooming Bladderpods and shot some not very good pictures of blooming Filaree (Erodium cicutarium) by the side of the road. There weren't many of the Filaree, but then again they are a little easy to miss at 45mph.


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Spring Blooming Periods

Lower Elevations: 1,000 – 3,000 feet

Yuccas—March and April
Annuals—February, March, and April
Cacti—March, April, and May

Higher Elevations: 3,000 – 5,000 feet

Joshua Trees and Yuccas—March and April
Annuals—March, April, and May
Cacti—April, May, and June

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