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2019 Anza Borrego Desert - Wildflower updates

Feb 23, 2019 Ocotillo Wells SVRA reports: Have you been wondering where you can go to see wildflowers? If so... we'd like to take you to them! Join Ocotillo Wells SVRA this weekend for guided wildflower 4x4 tours and guided walks.

4X4 Tours are offered Saturday (2/23) and Sunday (2/24). Tours leave at 11 AM and 3 PM. Please meet at the booth in front of the Discovery Center. High clearance and 4WD vehicles are highly recommended. Guided wildflower walks are on offer from 10 AM until 4 PM on both Saturday (2/23) and Sunday (2/24). Discovery Center: (760) 767-5393 Ranger Office: (760) 767-0166

Feb 23, 2019 Rodney reports: We went to Mountain Palm Springs off S2 in the southern part of Anza Borrego State Park to hike the loop trail (map)on Tuesday, Feb 19.  Always an interesting place early in the season.  We found Bigelow Monkey Flowers, Ghost Flowers, Poppies, And several Barrel Cactus in peak bloom.




Feb 23, 2019 Marianne reports: 2/19/19 in Anza Borrego: Coyote Canyon half a mile hike north from Di Giorgio road. (map) There was a large field of sunflowers mixed with verbena, and brown eyed primrose. Arroya Salada campground- hundreds of desert lilies and fields of verbena (map)





Feb 21, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Videos of wildflowers on S22 and in Ocotillo Wells taken on 2/20/19 and some photos.


Bighorn eating flowers on the Ocotillo.


Rain on the way.

Wildflowers Ocotillo Wells 2019 northwest of Devils Slide.

Feb 21, 2019 Vincent reports: Anza borrego on Feb 17 S22 area



Feb 16, 2019 Anza-Borrego Desert SP reports: 2.8 inches of rain in the recent storm has damaged roads and trails, but may very well extend the blooming season by allowing plants to continue to grow larger.

Heading east on S-22, look for early blooms along the roadside and in the washes & canyons between mile 33 and 35. There is a large pullout between miles 30 and 31 with room for parking near a field of purple sand verbena.

If you park and walk into Arroyo Salado, Coachwhip Canyon, or Ella Wash (map), you’ll find a wide variety of flowers, including sand verbena, desert sunflower, brown-eyed evening primrose, and lupine. These flowers are blooming in response to fall storms in this area, and may be nearing their peak. There are many desert lilies in bloom in Arroyo Salado primitive camp, with many more in bud.

CAUTION: Most roads into the Borrego Badlands require four-wheel-drive!

Check out the mouth of Coyote Canyon at the end of DiGiorgio Road (map), north of Borrego Springs. Lower Coyote Canyon road is CLOSED (map) to all traffic due to flooding from recent rains, but flower-seekers may walk a short distance up the road to see sand verbena. Walking along the private road heading east will take you to a field with desert sunflowers, lupine, sand verbena, and dune primrose.

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Feb 15, 2019 Sicco Rood reports: Coyote Canyon is flooding going through the Henderson Canyon wildflower fields, and all the way past the Borrego dump into the Borrego sink this morning.

Feb 15, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Clark Dry Lake now has water and the Borrego Springs area got 2.68 inches of rain yesterday. That's a new record. Lots of water in lower Coyote Canyon – a river of water flowing through the wildflowers. Inspiration Point turnoff on S22 is flooded across the road.

 

Feb 15, 2019 John reports: In Anza Borrego last Sunday just off the north side of Highway 78, a windy day and 60 degrees. General Area Map



Feb 15, 2019 Alan reports: Visited this small wildflower spot on Henderson road (AB) during road trip around SW, first week of February . Rain ☔️ was in the forecast but the blooming was starting. Going back at end of March. RV/camping mostly gone. Going to be popular outing. You can camp nearby on public land. 

Feb 14, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Lots of rain in the park today.

Feb 13, 2019 DesertUSA reports: There's a good display of wildflowers in June Wash off of S2. Drive into the wash for about 1 mile and you'll see the wildflowers pictured below. It's a dirt road with some sand – high clearance or 4WD recommended. It's not a difficult road, but it would be easy to get stuck in a 2WD if you pick the wrong place to turn around. Map Link




Feb 11, 2019 Patrick reports: Photos taken on S22 south of the entrance to Coachwhip Canyon on February 8th.



Feb 11, 2019 Robin reports: The eastern edge of Anza Borrego along S22 is still showing nicely. I was thrilled to find several desert lilies. Sand verbena are plentiful and carpet a stretch of low hills on the north side of S22 between Thimble Trail and Fonts Point. Also in area: brown eyed-primrose, desert chickory, lupine, evening primrose, and a few yellow poppies.


Feb 11, 2019 Russ reports: I spent the day (Friday Feb-8) in Anza Borrego, specifically Coyote and Palm Canyons.  The attached are from Coyote Canyon.  There are now large groups of verbena, dune primrose, brown-eyed primrose, desert sunflowers, and lupines.  The plants are large, with lots of buds, so there's more to come.  The road was very drivable, even in my Prius.  The majority of the flowers are in the first 1/2 mile.




Here are photos from Palm Canyon, Anza Borrego (Friday Feb-8).  The flowers are just starting to bloom.  There aren't large groupings, but there are plenty to see if you keep your eyes open.  I took pictures of 22 different varieties.  The creek is flowing from the palms all the way down to the parking lots.




Feb 10, 2019 Anza-Borrego Desert SP reports: Heading east on S-22 look for early blooms along the roadside and in the washes & canyons between mile 33 and 35. There is a large pullout between miles 30 and 31 with room for parking near a field of purple sand verbena.

If you park and walk into Arroyo Salado, Coachwhip Canyon, or Ella Wash, you’ll find a wide variety of flowers, including sand verbena, desert sunflower, brown- eyed evening primrose, and lupine. These flowers are blooming in response to fall storms in this area, and may be nearing their peak. Desert lilies are starting to bloom in Arroyo Salado primitive camp.

CAUTION: Most roads into the Borrego Badlands require four-wheel-drive!

Check out the mouth of Coyote Canyon at the end of DiGiorgio Road, north of Borrego Springs. Continue into Coyote Canyon about a half mile, and you’ll see verbena, brittlebush, and a few dune primrose starting. Two-wheel-drive vehicles should be able to travel as far as Desert Gardens to see ocotillo in bloom; use 4WD beyond.

The Buttes Pass area also has flowers blooming.

Ocotillo Wells SVRA is also experiencing an early bloom due to heavy rain in the fall. Visitors with 4WD can check out The Cove, Devil’s Slide, Palm Wash, and Tarantula Wash. Those without 4WD vehicles should visit the OWSVRA Discovery Center, and walk the accessible trail to see a variety of things in bloom.

 

Feb 10, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Lots of wild flowers in the washes at Ocotillo Wells in Fault Wash and San Felipe wash. Here is a short video on area.

 

Feb 9, 2019 Larry reports: These photos where taken Thursday Feb 7, 2019 at Anza Borrego.  Most of the photos were taken at S22 between Palo Verde Canyon and Arryo Salado.  Nice variety of flowers.  A good display, but I think it will be better in a couple of weeks.


Blue Phacelia, Wild Heliotrope, Scorpionweed

The Ocotillo


 

Feb 8, 2019 Patrick reports: February 5th.  Late afternoon along S22 with rain in the distance. (map)



Feb 6, 2019 Patrick reports: February 5th. Many different types of flowers are opening daily along the Palm Canyon Trail after the rains. (map)



Feb 4, 2019 Don reports: Entrance to Coachwhip Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 2/1/19


Ghost Flower


Dune Sunflower

Bighorn at Palm Canyon Trail

 

More 2019 reports on page 2

 

 


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