Wildflower Report
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Thursday, Feb. 11th, 2010
By L. Bremner of DesertUSA.com

Click here to view a VIDEO of our day trip to Anza-Borrego.

A red bloom on an Ocotillo along the S22.

After the recent rain we’ve had here in the California desert, naturalists are predicting an excellent wildflower season.  The Anza-Borrego Park Rangers report that the peak bloom will occur between the last week in February and the second week in March.  This three-week window will be the best time to visit the desert parks to view and photograph the wildflowers.

Today the DesertUSA Staff took a quick day trip into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  We were able to see signs of the pending blooms.  There were a handful of desert lilies that had started to crop up in the sand dune areas.  The desert lilies didn’t have any flowers yet, but a couple had buds starting to sprout up.   The ocotillos were very green and starting to show some blooms along the S22.  There was a snow-capped mountain in the distance that added to the scenery of the desert landscape. It made a nice backdrop in the photos I took of the ocotillos.    We saw a few purple sand verbena in a of couple spots, with a lot of green all around.  On my way in on the 86S I saw a few yellow brittle bushes in bloom, but not much else along the roadways.  The purple carpets of past seasons will start to show color in a few weeks.  It is still too early to see much yet.

One of our fans on Facebook suggested we check out the Clark Dry Lake as it was not dry this week.  The recent rains filled the lake with water and we received reports that the Rockhouse Canyon Rd. was impassable after the quarry.  I guess it was under water.   We were able to drive far enough to get a few shots of the lake from a distance with the mountains in the background.  There were a number of RVs parked near Clark Dry Lake in random spots.  We saw several people sitting in lawn chairs next to their RVs enjoying the views around them.  It was a beautiful day today in the park and it is expected to be around 76 F this weekend.

For more detailed wildflower reports please visit DesertUSA’s Wildflower Updates Page.

Click here to view a VIDEO of our day trip to Anza-Borrego.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I actually have a question for your Lynn: I am planning a trip for maybe 6 or 7 families with little kids (2~4 years old) for “flower watch” trip. What recommendations do you have for us? Like fun events/things to do? Things to watch out for? what to prepared etc? Thanks!

  2. I’m not sure what area you are planning to visit, but I would recommend a trip or visit to the Visitor’s Center at any of the parks you may visit. They usually have some exhibits and some wildflowers that are marked and easy to find on walking trails near the center. This would be an easy way to see some flowers with young kids.

    When you go out to the desert to view flowers there are no facilities nearby, so with small kids you will probably want to limit your time out in these areas.

    Most parks have presentations or guided walks on some of their trails, this may be a fun family activity. If you go to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park be sure to take the tour by car of the large artwork. Kids would love this.
    https://www.desertusa.com/video_pages/borrego-art.html

    If you let me know what park you plan to visit I may be able to make some more suggestions.

    Have fun!

    Lynn

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