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Note ... Panorama and Simmler Roads are still impassable even with warm weather. Vehicles are getting stuck, please follow warning signs and respect private property when visiting your public lands. This is a remote area with limited towing services, and there's no fuel, food or water nearby. Plan your trip accordingly. Tow services have charged up to $1,000 for vehicle removal depending on the road conditions.

Don’t forget to check the visitor center wildflower info line (805) 475-2035.

2019 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports Carrizo Plain Area

April 19, 2019 Vince reports: Carrizo - Elkhorn Rd and Hurricane Rd - Went over Hurricane Rd. Flowers have peaked from 12 days ago. We should  have gone last week. Before and after at same location  - angles are a bit off.


Taken 4/15 /19

Same location on 4/3/19


Saw 5 of these

April 15, 2019 Stephen reports: Carrizo Plains Sat 4/13. Flowers are still at peak but will likely start fading soon due to dry conditions. Best flowers were on hwy 58 just east of 7 mile rd. Also great flowers on Simmler Soda Lk Rd at the south end.



April 15, 2019 Terry reports: Surveyed the Route 58 Temblor Range area, Elkhorn and Soda Lake Road. Fields full of fiddleneck, California goldfields, coastal tidytips, Bigelow coreopsis, and purple owl's clover. Other species included baby blue eyes, creamcups, desert candle, Fremont's goldfields, interior goldenbush, Lemmon's mustard, Mexicali onion, Mt. Diablo milkvetch, recurved larkspur, redstem storksbill, summer mustard, tansy phacelia, white fiesta flower, and white-daisy tidytips. Keep an eye out for horned larks in the alkali scrubland off Simmler Road near Soda Lake.


April 12, 2019 Andreas. reports: Carrizo Plains April 9/2019 The hills were like paintings. Stunning!


April 12, 2019 Andreas. reports: I took these pictures yesterday along Soda Lake Road @ Carrizo Plain.


April 12, 2019 Allan & Barb report: Bloom is fair to good along Elkhorn Rd, north of Panorama Rd Yellows and purple are strong, orange is weak or not yet to full bloom. Over all is not as good as 2017, but may improve. Many new no trespass signs ! All roads are dry and dusty. Rt 58 over Tremblor range has strong yellow bloom. Shell Creek bloom is strong with yellows and some blues!



April 10, 2019 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: As of April 10, 2019, The flowers are currently blooming throughout the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the bloom should continue for a short while before temperatures rise and they begin to fade. A broad mix of species blanket the plain itself as well as the adjoining mountains. Yellows stand out, but a closer look will reveal purple, pink, orange and white. Make sure to stop at the Goodwin Education Center (open 9 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday) for a map and information on bloom hotspots. Unlike many other California bloom areas, the Carrizo is undeveloped and has only a handful of formal trails.

However, you will see paths through the flowers created by previous visitors -- please stay on these routes to avoid crushing flowers. This not only allows others to enjoy the bloom, but also ensures the flowers can go to seed to provide for future blooms. Elk, pronghorn antelope and kit foxes are among the wildlife species that inhabit the area. Remember, the nearest travel services are over an hour from the monument so come prepared to be self-sufficient with a full tank of gas, plenty of water and other supplies.Don’t forget to check the visitor center wildflower info line (805) 475-2035.

April 10, 2019 Michelle reports: Wildflowers along the seven mile road.


April 10, 2019 Xing reports: Colors are on full display in Temblor Range, as good as the super bloom two year ago, and Elkhorn Road is in good condition for most cars. There are fresh “PRIVATE PROPERTY” signs in many places.


April 8, 2019 Suparna reports:  Here are some pics taken on Saturday, 4/6/19. The pictures were taken in the Carrizo Plains National Monument area. The hillsides are on Hwy 58 and the fields are on Soda Lake road. Drove a low clearance vehicle.



April 6, 2019 Terry reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument is well into a Super Bloom. We spend three days at the Plain from April 1st to the 4th, 2019. The roads were dry and passable for most vehicles. Some of the dirt roads into the mountains I would recommend a high clearance vehicle with 4 wheel drive though I never once put my jeep in to 4 wheel. There are lots of wild flower varieties though very heavy on the yellow and gold. It doesn’t take long to find large fields of purple. The Owl’s Clover, Lupin and Poppies are beginning to bloom.  It was really an awesome experience to photograph and even more importantly to just sit and take in nature’s beauty. The weekday visitors load as was reasonably light. 

  1. Sunset Photo - taken off Elkhorn Road and the south end of the park (April 1st)
  2. Old Barn - taken on road to Selby Campground (1 mile before the campground)  (April 3rd)
  3. Yellow flowers – taken off Salt Lake Road near north end (April 2nd)




April 6, 2019 Jim reports: Antelope Valley April 5th It was a windy late afternoon. We got there around 5ish. Apparently the poppies all curled up due to the wind chill. Staff says they do that when it’s cold or the wind’s strong, so better check weather before you go. Wish we had known... 


April 5, 2019 Jim reports: Visited Shell Creek Road & the Carizzo Plains, Monday, April 1. First photo at Shell Creek, the 'persian carpet' is approaching full bloom & gorgeous. The goldfields are amazing! Last photo in the hills above Temblor Road, and the Desert Candles are all over the place. Pretty similar to the super bloom of 2017.



April 5, 2019 Charlee reports: These photos of the Temblor Range were taken yesterday April 2 past the gate off Elkhorn Rd in the Carrizo Plain.



April 4, 2019 Clayton reports: I visited in the "superbloom" of 2017, and it is almost to that level again this year. Yellow dominates a bit more right now than it did in 2017 (in 2017, purples and oranges seemed a little more present), but it is nonetheless amazing--almost a fairytale land of flowers. A couple of words of caution for readers: it is important to stay on trails and stay off private property. When I was there, most people were following the rules, but a few folks walked right past barriers that said "private" or "no trespassing" and traipsed all over the flowers. A sad sight, indeed.


April 3, 2019 Boris reports: Shell Creek Road (especially the area near intersection with SR-58) and Carrizo Plain National Monument were showing crazy bloom this past weekend. Mountains in Temblor range are all covered with yellow and blue.


April 3, 2019 Richard reports: March 30-31, 2019,  early sunrise taken up on Selby Ridgeline looking down towards Painted Rock, and afternoon on the West side looking North, near the Taver Ranch area.


April 3, 2019 Dhee reports: Carrizo Plains 3/30-31/19 - It was gorgeous out there.


Hurricane road


Elkhorn Road 

April 2, 2019 Jon reports: We took a trip down to the Carrizo Plain area. The Temblor range is looking beautiful and there are huge areas of flowers along the Simmler Road. All the main roads were open this past weekend - Simmler, Elkhorn, Panorama and Hurricane. The attached images were taken on Sat and Sun (March 30/31). Temblor range from Elkhorn Rd. One of the huge fields of Goldfields along Simmler Road. Close up of more Goldfields. I think the bloom two years ago was slightly better but this is still spectacular to see.



 

April 2, 2019 Andrew reports: Carrizo plain 3/31/19 – descriptions are in the picture names. By the way – thank you so much for this website. My wife and I used it yesterday to figure out where the best places to go were. We ended up taking my Toyota Camry with 250k +  miles off–roading haha.



April 1, 2019 David reports: These were taken Saturday, March 30 at Carrizo Plain NM. Explosive color now . . . still a ways from the peak. We were surprised that the Saturday crowd was not as large as anticipated. Took an amazing drive over the Hurricane-Crocker Spring Road from Elkhorn Road.



April 1, 2019 Matt reports: Photo taken on 3/30 at Carrizo near Hwy 58 and 7 mile Rd

April 1, 2019 Jianfei reports: Carrizo Plain on March 28, 2019. It’s magnificent !


March 29, 2019 Stan reports: Not as good as two years ago, but still pretty darn nice. Pics from along Elkhorn Road, Panorama Road and Wallace Creek area.... Very nice indeed.... The flowers even smelled nice..... Photos March 26, 2019....



March 28, 2019 Marina reports: Carrizo past Sat 3/24 Hwy 58 and 7 miles Rd hiking trail.



March 26, 2019 Bruce reports: These two photos were from a visit yesterday--3-25-19--to the Carrizo Plain. Photo #1--with all the yellow--was from the trail up the hills to the east of 7 Mile Road just south of Highway 58. Photo #2--with the white flowers--was from the hillside up to the Soda Lake Overlook.



March 26, 2019 Keung reports: Photos in Carrizo Plain Wildflower Point on 3/23/2019




 

 

March 25, 2019 Katie reports: Carrizo Plain east side March 23, 2019




March 25, 2019 Matt reports: These were taken Saturday March 23 at Carrizo Plains.  It was spectacular!!





March 21, 2019 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: As of March 20, 2019, flowers have taken hold in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Temblor Mountains are yellow and the Caliente Mountains have splashes of yellow (hillside daisies).

The valley floor is turning yellow as well with goldfields and hillside daisies. Just south of the visitor center we are getting tidy tips, phacelia and hillside daisies, which make a colorful display. The monument is boasting with yellow, however we are still expecting more flowers out in the next few weeks.

March 20, 2019 Ginnie reports: Sunday, March 17, 2019. East side of the Carrizo Plain along Hwy 58. Sixty miles from Paso Robles. Goldfields and fiddleheads. Spectacular.


March 19, 2019 Keung reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument on 3/16/2019.






March 17, 2019 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: Hillside daises, goldfields and splashes of baby blue eyes are making an appearance in Carrizo Plain National Monument. With the warm weather, flowers are anticipated to continue blooming. While still not the peak, there are limited flowers around Soda Lake and on the valley floor.

March 17, 2019 Curtis reports: Carrizo Plains, March 14 near Highway 58 and 7 Mile road. (Google Map Link)



March 17, 2019 Jim reports: Visited Shell Creek Road on 15 March. It's just getting started there, with Baby Blue Eyes the predominant bloom. You can see other wildflower plants getting ready to produce (tidy tips, lupine, etc.), and it will probably hit its peak in a week or two. There are other spots along Hwy 58 where things are 'opening up,' with Shooting Star and Red Maids appearing. (Google Map Link)



March 15, 2019 Peter reports: March 11 just outside Carrizzo Plains Monument on the corner of Highway 58 and 7 Mile Rd. (map link)


March 8, 2019 Brittany reports: On the corner of Seven Mile Rd. and the 58. North West of Carrizo Plain (map link)

March 5, 2019 Cindy reports: While there are only patches of filaree and fiddle neck in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, the hills bordering the monument on State Hwy 58 are a riot of yellow hillside daisies, photos March 3, 2019. (map link)



March 3, 2019 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: As of March 1, 2019, Carrizo Plain National Monument is expecting another 2-3 inches of rain Saturday-Thursday. No big splashes of flowers yet and many roads are still impassable from previous storms especially Simmler and Panorama Roads. Soda Lake Road becomes impassable on the dirt portions during and right after a rain. Don’t forget to check the visitor center wildflower info line (805) 475-2035.

 

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