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Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association‎ posted a new wildflower map click here for PDF.

2019 Anza Borrego Desert - Wildflower updates

May 3, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Found a few wildflowers alone Montezuma Valley road at the higher elevation.

April 26, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Mine Canyon off of Rt 78.

April 19, 2019 DesertUSA reports: There are lots of cactus blooming along Rt 78 and in Mine Canyon. We found these right off of Rt 78.

GPS link for first 3 photos

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April 12, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Cactus are blooming in many areas, here's one we found in the rocks next to Rt 78 near Plum Canyon. Many ocotillos are blooming. There's still lots to see and the weather is good.

April 8, 2019 Leslie reports:  Jasper Trial jeep trail.  Anza Borrego Desert State Park 4 wheel drive a must.  Incredible phacelia and blooming yucca. 

S-2 / san felipe road.   Near scissors crossing.

April 6, 2019 Anza-Borrego Foundation reports: Our big, showy blooms have come and gone, but if you're willing to go for a walk outside the Borrego Valley there is still a LOT to see! Hint: CACTUS!

April 4, 2019 DesertUSA reports: The lower areas of the park are past their peak and the caterpillars are filling up on the remains of the wildflowers. Cactus are starting to bloom in some areas. The upper elevations still have wildflowers.

Herderson Canyon Rd 4/3/19

April 3, 2019 Beena reports: Wildflowers at Palm Canyon, at the visitor center lots of desert dandelion, chicory, barrel cacti, mojave suncups. Along the Yaqui Pass Road the hills are studded with barrel cacti. Barrel cacti seen along metal sculptures area. Around intersection of Borrego Springs Rd and Henderson Canyon Road tons of chicory, desert dandelion, pin cushion, sporadic desert lilies, a few beaver cacti. At corner where Henderson Canyon Rd touches Di Giorgio Rd on right side sand verbena and looks like desert lilies plants may get their blooms. On road to Font's Point a few desert lilies, mostly dried up.

March 30, 2019 Mark reports: On 3/27, in the Borrego Springs area, there were great desert sunflowers and popcorn flowers along Henderson Canyon Road, fields of desert dandelions along the north end of DiGiorgio Road, extensive flowers along each road within about two miles of Christmas Circle, and many ocotillo flower buds in the Ocotillo Forest about a mile south of Christmas Circle on route S3.

March 28, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Some areas are at or near their peak in the park. Other areas are now past their peak and fading away, or being eaten by caterpillars. The lower portion of Grapevine Canyon is covered with flowers and the cactus are starting to bloom; it's currently one of the best spots in the park. Caterpillars have arrived in force at the entrance to Coyote Canyon. They're headed over to the wildflowers on Henderson Canyon Road next, after eating most of the wildflowers on the first mile of Coyote Canyon Road. 

The desert sun flowers on Henderson Canyon Road are at their peak in some places. They only have a few more days left before the caterpillars get there though, so get out there now if you're planning to see them.

Other good locations are in Henderson Canyon, Hell Hole Canyon and Palm Canyon. See pictures below.

Grapevine Canyon 5 photos 3/27/19 (Google Map Link)

2 photos 3/27/19 Old Kain Spring road (Google Map Link)

2 photos 3/27/19 Henderson Canyon Rd (Google Map Link)

Henderson Canyon 3/27/19 (Google Map Link)

March 27, 2019 Mark reports: Anza Borrego State Park, taken 3-25 on rt S2

March 26, 2019 Kris reports: Henderson Canyon and Tamarisk Grove.

March 23, 2019 Don reports: Spectacular field of Desert Dandelions as far as the eye can see on the west side of DiGiorgio Road, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, March 22, 2019

The best wildflower viewing is now in Coyote Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, March 22, 2019. Drive well into the canyon to where the base of the hills come near the road before the First Crossing. Be sure to park in the pull offs, not in the road. Two years ago, I was trapped here.

Beavertail Cactus, Bigalow's Monkey Flower, Cheese Bush, Chia, Desert Chicory, Desert Dandelions, Desert Lilies, Desert Lupine, Desert Pincushion, Desert Sunflowers, Dune Evening Primrose, Mexican Gold Poppies, Ocotillo, Phacelia, Red Barrel Cactus, and Silver Cholla.

March 23, 2019 L F reports: Photos from 3/22/19

Coyote Canyon beaver tail cactus (Google Map Link)





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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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