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How to get to the park - Map - You can also tour the 133 full-sized metal sculptures here that are inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert millions of years ago.

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2022 Anza Borrego Desert - Wildflower updates

Jan 10 2022 DUSA reports: It's still very early for wildflowers. A few have been spotted but they are still hard to find at this date. There is running water in Coyote Canyon. Below is a video taken a few day ago that shows the crossings, the road and a few wildflowers. The weather is great for biking and hiking.

 



Henderson Canyon Road 1/5/22 nothing here yet.

Jan 1 2022 DUSA reports: Happy New Year. The outlook for Anza Borrego's wildflower season looks good at this point. The area got about .35 inches of rain in December.

 

 

 

2021 Anza Borrego Desert - Wildflower updates

Dec 27 2021 DUSA reports: Rain in the last week of 2021.

Oct 27, 2021 DesertUSA reports: We visited the park last week, the weather was great but it's still early for wildflowers. The recent rains will help the season get its start. Coyote Canyon has water running at the 1st and 2nd crossings.





Video Coyote Canyon 2nd crossing

Sept 13, 2021 DesertUSA reports: More rain in the desert last week makes for a better outlook for wildflowers, the annuals should do well this year.

Aug 15 2021 DesertUSA reports: Some rain in Coyote Canyon in late July, flooded 1st crossing. Ocotillo are turning green in some areas, with a few wildflowers on the ground.

April 15 2021 Anza-Borrrego Park reports: By this time in April, we are usually past our peak wildflower bloom and enjoying cacti and agave flowers. This year, with less than 2 inches of rain since last April, we have just not seen much in the way of annual flowers! There have been no fields of flowers and very few flowers other than shrubs and cacti.

Your best bet to see a few blossoms is to hike into the canyons, like Borrego Palm Canyon or Hellhole Canyon or remote canyons south of highway 78, where there has been more rain and flowing water.

One flower that is showy now are the tall, yellow agave flowers. Along highways 78, west of tamarisk grove campground and south on county road S-2 you can see them towering above the cacti. Keep your eyes out for blooming cactus as well, dotting the lower elevations of the desert. Ocotillo are also blooming now, though many of them do not have green leaves this year. For easy to find flowers, you can get a good sampling of them in the Visitor Center garden. The palo verde trees are becoming covered with yellow blossoms! The Visitor Center is open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 – 5.

April 8 2021 Ivan reports: I took these photos at Mine Wash road, off of CA78, at old Indian seasonal village on April 7, 2021. There were still some ocotillo in bloom, and some other cacti, but desert now is very dry, already 95F in the shade!





 

April 2 2021 Anza-Borrrego Park reports: April is generally considered to be past the peak blooming season, but cacti are starting to bloom, and may continue to bloom well into April.


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March 26 2021 DesertUSA reports: Creosote bushes are in bloom.

March 25 2021 Anza-Borrrego Park reports: Sadly, even with the recent rain event in the desert, we do not expect to see an extensive wildflower bloom this year. Our rainfall total is still less than 2 inches since last April, so things are very dry, even for the desert! While we don't expect annual wildflowers in showy abundance, you can almost always find something in bloom if you look hard enough! Try hiking along the canyon trails, and see what you can find! This time in March is generally considered to be at or past the peak blooming season, though cacti and shrubs may continue to bloom into April.

March 19 2021 DesertUSA reports: Some wildflowers at the 3rd crossing in Coyote Canyon, 4WD only. Wildflowers and cactus also sighted at Box Canyon off of S2, Palm Canyon Trail and in Carrizo Gorge wash. Wildflowers and cactus are in most washes its just a matter of finding them.

March 12 2021 Anza-Borrrego Park reports: Sadly, we do not expect to see an extensive wildflower bloom this year. Our rainfall total is less than 2 inches since last April, so things are very dry, even for the desert! While we don't expect annual wildflowers in showy abundance, you can almost always find something in bloom if you look hard enough! Try hiking along the canyon trails, and see what you can find!

March 9 2021 DesertUSA reports: A little rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, may help. Cactus are starting to bloom.

March 3 2021 DesertUSA reports: Rain in the forecast for today, Wednesday.

March 3 2021 Jim reports: Hornblade Canyon in Anza Borrego ( off S2 by Box Canyon Marker) is spectacular right now. These are from Saturday 2/27.




Feb 28 2021 Laraine reports: Hiked several places in Anza Borrego on February 23-24 and found ocotillos leafing out and starting to bloom; encelias beginning to bloom along roadsides; and mallow, gold poppy, wishbone plant greening up but few blooms. Lots of chuparosa blooms everywhere (photos were in Borrego Palm Canyon), and desert lavender in many places (photo from Elephant Tree trail). Gold poppies photo also Borrego Palm Canyon.




 

Feb 25 2021 DesertUSA reports: Outlook at this time is still poor for wildflowers, but good for hiking and exploring the desert.


Feb 18 2021 DesertUSA reports: Very dry year, Hellhole Canyon and Palm Canyon got some rain off of the mountains, may be some wildflowers there. Some wildflowers at the upper elevation.

Feb 9 2021 DesertUSA reports: Very dry year only .5 inches of rain so far, outlook for wildflowers is below average. Many of the small business are in bad shape or closed from Covid-19 problem and the stay at home order that has now been lifted. Still a great place to visit, be sure and take a tour of the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures here that are inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert millions of years ago. The artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

Read more: https://www.desertusa.com/borrego/bs-art.html


Feb 2 2021 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Update: ( February 1, 2021) With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open. More...

Feb 2 2021 DesertUSA reports: Ocotillo Wells SVRA overnight camping is back, Camping, both semi-developed and disbursed, is now permitted. More...

Jan. 29 2021 DesertUSA reports: More rain light today, The area is still very dry, here area few pictures from Wedesday.






Jan. 19 DesertUSA reports: Some rain has fallen today in Borrego Springs area more is expected this week.

Jan. 1 DesertUSA reports: Some rain in the last week of December about .10 inch, very dry this year so far.


 

 


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