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2017 Wildflower Reports

March 24, 2017 Hannah Reports: Amboy Crater, Tuesday, March 21:

March 23, 2017 Bob Reports: Cadiz Dunes has quite a few desert lilies and many acres of primrose blooming in the smaller fore-dunes adjacent the south access point along Cadiz Road. The area is a bit tricky to get to, especially with construction on San Bernardino CO Road 66. Four-Wheel Drive and a good CA Road Atlas are necessary.

March 16, 2017 Samamtha -BLM Reports: Amboy Crater is an iconic landscape feature that guides travelers along Route 66. The site provides easy access (low-clearance 2wd) to visitors wanting to experience Mojave Trails National Monument.

Mojave Trails National Monument just east of Los Angeles, California spans 1.6 million acres and includes rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows and fossil beds, and spectacular sand dunes. The Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also contains irreplaceable historical resources, such as the longest-remaining undeveloped stretch of the iconic Route 66 and World War II training camps. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.

March 13, 2017 JK Reports: Route 66 and Amboy going to parking lot for Amboy Crater lot of blooming flowers at their peak. You don't need to get out of your car to see them. Everyone is welcome but please don't step on the Wildflowers!

March 13, 2017 Naresh Reports: On a warm Saturday 3-11, I drove up Kelbaker road from Amboy to the I-40 (some patches of color and lots of brown-eyed primrose in the washes near the road) and then Camp Rock Road from the I-40 to Lucerne valley. It is still early for flowers in this part of the desert. The soil is moist everywhere with lots and lots of young plants, but there were some nice spots on Camp Rock road towards the northern end near the I-40. Some fields of California coreopsis, with a nice mix of other flowers. There should be many more woolly daisies (and wildflower fields in general) in a couple of weeks.

Feb 24, 2017 DUSA reports: Some wildflowers along Amboy road south of Bristol Dry lake, which is wet now, in some spots. The wind was strong and was blowing the sand.


Feb 21, 2017 Steve reports: Today we traveled a loop through Mojave NP. We took off on the Cima Road and stopped at the Teutonia Peak trailhead and hiked most of the way up to the peak. Nothing currently blooming, but the soil is moist and the perennials will probably do well. I saw little evidence there will be much of a winter annuals bloom. Though Cima Dome is an impressive feature.

We continued on down to Kelso, stopped at the visitor center, and then out to Kelso Dunes. On the Kelso Dunes Road I encountered some Isomeris arborea shrubs in bloom. Pictures are attached. The dunes themselves have moisture just below the surface and there are some perennials there that should bloom - but not soon.

Returning we took the Kelbacker road to Baker. Not a single sign of color along the roadside. All the cinder cones are fascinating though.

Feb 20, 2017 Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association reports: TWO INCHES! Yes, folks, that's how much rain we received yesterday and overnight last night. The desert is getting greener by the minute. We ought to have a great year for wildflowers!

Jan 30, 2017 DUSA reports: The Preserve got a lot of rain and should have wildflowers this year.

Jan 13, 2017 Mojave National Preserve reports: We recently had some rain, which means we also had a beautiful rainbow sighting. Photo by Troy Maikis, NPS

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



2016 Wildflower Reports

Dec 25, 2016 DUSA Reports: 1.4" of rain in the Mojave Natl. Preserver the desert will be greening up.

May 9, 2016 Terry Report: Desert Mallow near Mid Hills area at the Mojave National Preserve on May 3, 2016.

April 20, 2016 Mojave National Preserve Reports: Four o’clock is blooming in quite a few spots along the north side of Kelso-Cima Rd., north of Cedar Can. Rd. Cactus also in bloom.

April 4, 2016 Mojave National Preserve Reports: Here in Mojave National Preserve we're seeing Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia) and Mojave Mound Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) are blooming. You can see them all over but great examples are seen right from the Rock Spring trail!


April 1, 2016 Dave Reports: March 27, 2016. Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve. Dune evening primroses (a.k.a. desert primroses) were blooming in profusion around the primitive camping area at the end of the 3.5-mile graded dirt access road to the dunes. The last such bloom that I know about there was in 2008.

March 18, 2016 Lois Reports: Hidden Hills Area of Mojave. March 16

March 14, 2016 Lois Reports: From Granite Mt area of Mojave Preserve. Taken 3/13/15. Thx for keeping DesertUSA updated!! We always use the site to help us plan our trips.

March 14, 2016 Lois Reports: Taken 3/10/16 at cinder cones area of Mojave preserve.

Feb 19, 2016 Dorothy Reports: Taken on the trail to the Amboy crater.

Feb 5, 2016 DUSA Reports: The preserve got more rain last week, and some snow. It is still early but this should be a good year. We visited the hole in the wall area, it was 46 degree and some snow on the ground, even saw some campers enjoying the campground.

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