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2017 Wildflower Reports

Feb 24, 2017 Jim reports: The attached photo was taken (Wednesday, 22 February) about a mile east of Cedar City, Utah off the Coal Creek Trail (paved walking and biking trail). The flower is a widewing spring parsley (Cymopterus purpurescens) and usually shows up about this time of year. The area is on the eastern edge of the Great Basin Desert at an elevation of 6000 feet, so I guess it would fall within your area of interest. Although some filarees have shown up in the past week or so, this is the first truly native bloom that I've seen in the area so far this year. I'll be heading down to Gold Butte in a couple of weeks to see how the Mojave Desert wildflowers are doing.

Feb 19, 2017 DUSA reports: Zion getting lots of rain this year, good for wildflowers.

Jan 19, 2017 DUSA reports: The Valley of Fire State Park has been getting rain and that good for future wildflowers.

Jan 19, 2017 Zion reports: Snow and ice are predicted for the next four days in Zion. NPS

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


2016 Wildflower Reports

Dec 25, 2016 DUSA Reports: Lots of snow and rain in the deserts of Nevada and Utah.

Nov 23, 2016 DUSA Reports: 11/21/16, the Valley of Fire state park received approximately one-half inch of rain. White Domes Road was closed due to flooding and debris over the road. Valley of Fire Road, from I-15 to the Visitor Center. Most area are now open. This rain may help the 2017 wildflower season in the southern Nevada area.

Oct 1, 2016 Bill Reports: TOOK THIS SHOT ON ON 9 20 16 HWY 143 EAST OF CEDAR BREAKS MP

July 6, 2016 Canyonlands National Park Reports: Sego lilies are blooming at Canyonlands! Look closely for the beautiful state flower of Utah hiding among the sage brush.

July 6, 2016 Great Basin National Park Reports: Alpine wildflowers are popping up all over the high country. On the rocky slopes of the higher peaks in Great Basin National Park is where some of the best flower displays reside. However, if you are climbing off trail remember that these beautiful alpine flower gardens are very sensitive and if one has pleasure of seing one, please avoid walking on or causing rocks to fall on to these alpine treasures!

June 1, 2016 Arches National Park Reports: There are flowers popping out around the park, but the globemallows have been front and center when visitors drive into the park. Globemallows have been carpeting both sides of the entrance road for the last couple of weeks. They certainly fit in nicely with the surrounding red rocks.


April 29, 2016 Arches National Park Reports: April showers bring roadside flowers. Using designated pull-outs and parking lots allow these wildflowers to thrive.

April 24, 2016 Rick and Margarita Report: Tues. the 19th, we drove up Morman Well Rd to the old Sawmill Rd. Morman Well Rd is about 60 miles north of Las Vegas off highway 93 in the National Desert Wildlife Refuge.
The lower part is looking past peak. The middle to higher part of the road is still doing good but the hotter weather is going to take a toll, so go soon. We saw indigo bush, desert marigolds, globe mallow, prickly poppy, various cactus, princes plume, and purple chia. I am sure I missed naming some. Always a cool area to explore and hike.


April 20, 2016 Janet Reports: Wildflowers April 18, 2016, at Valley of Fire State Park, NV

April 15, 2016 Janet Reports: April 12th - along Northshore Road and Redstone Picnic Area, Lake mead NRA


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