This looks like a fun event for anyone interested in the desert wildflower season.


Event Details

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument  Visitor Center, Palm Desert, Riverside County, California
Phone Number: (760) 862-9984
Cost: Free entry – Free parking – Free Shuttle buses to event


The Wildflower Festival is being held at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, 51-500 Hwy. 74, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

The Visitor Center is located 4 miles south of Highway 111 on Highway 74.

Event Parking: Free parking is provided by St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.  There is no on-site event parking.

Complimentary shuttle buses run every 15 minutes to and from the parking lot to the festival grounds. The first public bus leaves parking area at 8:45 a.m. and the last public bus leaves the event grounds at 4:15 p.m.

DIRECTIONS TO EVENT PARKING: St. Margaret’s parking lot is located at 47-535 Highway 74, 2.5 miles south of Highway 111.  From Interstate 10, take the Monterey Avenue exit and travel south to Highway 111. Monterey Avenue becomes Highway 74.  Click here for a map.

Handicapped parking at the event is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicapped attendees may request to be dropped off at the site. Show parking attendant your handicapped parking pass to allow entrance onto the event grounds.


Please stop by the Information Booth directly in front of the shuttle loading/unloading area at the Visitor Center to learn more about the times and locations of the activities going on throughout the day.


We’re presenting great local Coachella Valley musicians to entertain you all day!

Dave Heveron

Dave’s original songs are about life in the deserts of southern California.  The music is a lively combination of bluegrass, folk and country. The sound is light and airy acoustic, with an eclectic mix of traditional and old standards with never the same show twice. Hear him now at

The Arrangements

When these local favorites take the stage they are certain to have you humming along if not outright singing to their classic rock favorites. The Arrangements play at various venues through the Valley including Augusta’s, the Firehouse and the Tack Room Tavern. From the Beatles to the Eagles, and the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, The Arrangements play a wide variety of classic rock favorites spanning the decades. Hear them now at


Enjoy some great red and white wines while listening to live music in a special seating area.  Wine tasting begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts until 4:00 p.m. – with the last tasting starting at 3:30. Must be 21 and older. Be sure to bring your I.D. for proper identification and wristband. Purchase your commemorative souvenir wine glass for $10 and receive four tastings or a glass of your choice of wine. Purchase additional tastings or additional glasses of wine to enjoy with your lunch.

NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED IN THE KIDS ZONE AND NO OPEN CONTAINERS TO BE TAKEN OFF PROPERTY.  Please drink responsibly! Your Friends want to make sure you and yours arrive home safely.  We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.


Bring the kids out for a day of fun! There is an entire section of the festival known specifically as the “Kids Zone.” There will be a variety of crafts tables for children to create special projects and bring home their creations. All supplies provided courtesy of Friends of the Desert Mountains.


Photos taken during the event may be used for Friends’ promotional purposes.  Please check back on our website after the event to view photos from the day.


Spend the day with us.  No need to rush home for lunch.  Great lunch choices, snacks and drinks available for purchase.  Please, no coolers allowed.


Festival shirts will be available for purchase at the Information Booth or the Visitor Center Gift Shop. Children’s sizes available also.  Two designs to choose from!


The winning entry of the Wildflower Art Contest will be on display and available for purchase.  This year’s winning entry is entitled “Quail in the Thicket” by local artist Robert Fleming.


Many local businesses have donated items for great raffle prizes. Be sure to visit the Raffle Area to check out the prizes or purchase your tickets for some great gifts.

If you would like to donate an item for our auction, please contact Tammy Martin at Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-568-9918 or by email to, or click here to download a donation form to fax back to Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-568-9908.


Qualified Volunteer trail guides will be leading hikes on the nearby trails going out from the Visitor Center, pointing out wildflowers and giving information on the flora and fauna of the area, and perhaps even a little bit of Coachella Valley history.

If you are not up for a moderate hike, consider a guided walk around the Visitor Center to learn about the native plants there.

Check in at the Information Booth or Hikes & Walks Area to see departure times. Please dress appropriately and wear good walking shoes and sunscreen. Be sure to arrive early enough to sign up for an available time slot. This was a very popular activity last year and spots filled up fast!


If you want to get that perfect photo of a beautiful Wildflower, why not sit in on a photography workshop before hitting the trail? Or learn how to landscape your yard with desert-friendly plants.  Presentations will be occurring throughout the day on various techniques and equipment to use to help you capture that spectacular shot or create your beautiful desert garden.  Check the Information Booth for times and locations of workshops.


Check out the Gift Shop inside the Visitor Center for a great selection of nature-oriented books and gift items, trail maps, t-shirts and Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument logo items. All sale proceeds benefit Friends of the Desert Mountains. For more information about the Gift Shop, call (760) 862-9904 or click here.


We will have vendors offering a variety of interesting products for you to purchase.

Items vary from pottery, artwork, home décor and gift items, to name just a few. Vendors are donating a portion of their sale proceeds to the Friends of the Desert Mountains. Please come out and support them!

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Tammy Martin at Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-568-9918 or by email to, or to download a vendor application, click here.


Would you like to learn more about desert plants and landscaping, solar energy, local animals and other state and national parks nearby, among other interesting topics? Then stop by the exhibitor booths and ask questions and receive literature from a variety of groups. Come learn more about the area you live and play in!


Want to see a work of art created right before your eyes? Sit a while and watch as plein air artists capture the natural beauty of the landscape on canvas. Choose your favorite to purchase and bring the beauty of the outdoors right into your home.


Renowned local authors will be on hand to discuss their literary works and autograph your book purchases.


While we love our four-legged friends as much as you do, space is very limited, so please do not bring pets to this event.


We need a multitude of volunteers to help us make this event a success! Volunteers receive a commemorative Wildlfower Festival t-shirt and lunch at the Festival. Various shifts and positions needed. If you would like to volunteer for the Wildflower Festival, please contact Arielle Maccio at Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-862-9904 or email her at

Friends of the Desert Mountains has a variety of programs which require volunteer help all year long. If you are interested in volunteering for the Friends of the Desert Mountains or the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, click here.


Thanks to our sponsors and donors we have been able to keep this event affordable and enjoyable for everyone in the community to participate. Please support the businesses that support the Friends! For a list of sponsors, donors and supporters, please click here.


All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Friends of the Desert Mountains, a 501(c)3 who has been the leader in conservation of the beautiful mountains surrounding our valley for over twenty years. We are the largest private conservationist in the Coachella Valley owning more than 14,000 acres and partnering in the preservation of over 40,000 acres. We also provide support to the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument by providing volunteers, community programs and financial and promotional support for the Monument.

To learn more about the Friends of the Desert Mountains mission, please click here.

To be added to our mailing list for our newsletter and notice of future events, click here.

To learn more about the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, click here.

Thank you for your interest in Friends of the Desert Mountains and our annual Wildflower Festival.  We hope to see you there!