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Note: Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the desert, but it can also be a time for caution. Rattlesnakes lie dormant during the cold fall and winter months and awaken from hibernation in the warm months of March and April. Another reason to stay on the trails. More...
2018 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
Feb. 23, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Yellow flowers are in bloom. Both the brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) are blooming within the monument.
Feb. 19, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Rain came, with the recent rainy weather keep on the look out for possible heavy equipment grading our public roads.
Feb. 9, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: The desert can be unforgiving when it comes to rainfall. Only the strong survive and non-native species often do not make it here in the Sonoran Desert. This past January has been a dry one with only 0.03 inches of rain compared to January 2017's 1.27 inches of rain and January 2016's 1.6 inches.
Jan 9, 2018 DUSA reports: Some rain is falling it the Phoenix area.
2017 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
Aug 24, 2017 BLM reports: Southern Arizona can look pretty lackluster most summers -not this year. The monsoon season has brought vivid colors to the desert. Greenery is flourishing all around your public lands, poppies can be found near washes throughout the desert, and the barrel cacti are showing off there vibrant petals.
May 8, 2017 Will reports: These wild flowers are located on the Horton creek trail. There are several patches at the beginning of the trail. Tonto National Forest
May 2, 2017 Grand Canyon Association reports: South Rim cactus now blooming
April 14, 2017 Kenneth reports: Petrified Forest/Painted Desert National Park
March 31, 2017 Cindy reports: (3-29) I drove up Highway 188 from Globe to the connection to the Apache Trail.Highway 188 had a good mix of flowers in full bloom starting a few miles north of Globe. In the spot pictured (a safety pull-off for trucks) I found two kinds of poppies, orange mallow, a few lupines, some hot pink penstemon, and lots of things I don't know the names for! There was no brittle brush in this area, and nothing white.Farther north it is mostly brittle brush - but lots and lots of it. There are also a few spots with flowers along the Apache trail with a few flowers, but not very many. (Not even much brittle brush.) As reported the a few days ago, there are still a lot of poppies along Highway 60 in Claypool.
Photos tips: Most digital point-and-shoot cameras have a macro function - usually symbolized by the icon of a little flower. When you turn on that function, you allow your camera to get closer to the subject, looking into a flower for example. Or getting up close and personal with a bug. More on desert photography and wildflowers photos.
When will the desert wildflowers bloom? We start our report in January, plan your visit to coincide with the peak of the bloom - keep up to date with DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports. Be sure to bookmark this page for weekly updates.
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