Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs and Nearby Preserves
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2022 Joshua Tree National Park and nearby
Jan 1 2022 DUSA reports: Happy New Year. The outlook for the wildflower season looks good at this point. Got some rain in December.
Photo: NPS / Emily Hassell
2021 Joshua Tree National Park and nearby
Dec 27 2021 DUSA reports: Lots of rain in the last week of the year.
Sept 13, 2021 DesertUSA reports: The rain in the park the last few weeks has caused some wildflowers to bloom, still it's very hot and they will not last long. The annuals should do well this year.
July 13, 2021 Randall reports: On road between White Tank and Cottonwood. Recent rains have started bloom in Joshua Tree. Many belly flowers already in bloom throughout park. On drive from Belle to Cottonwood saw Creosote budding, some in bloom. Ocotillo covered in vibrant green leaves. Lots of new growth in washes. Interestingly can see some areas missed by rain and remain brown/dry but majority of park has new growth. Noted new growth hidden valley, belle and Ryan campgrounds. Was on climbing trip so did not take many photos…
April 14 2021 Sabrina reports: Took these (same flowers) Sunday 4/11 in Outback area behind hidden valley campground. There were a few others like these in the area, but not too many and hard to spot.
April 8 2021 Meir reports: Very dry year and very spotty flowering in the low desert. I found good section on Whitewater Preserve Road right off I-10 west of Palm Springs . Take the Whitewater Rd exit and turn right north of the freeway . Turn left into Whitewater Rd like going towards the preserve itself . There is Brittle bush , Dandelions , Monkey flowers , Desert Lupine . You will need to walk 100-200 yards off the road towards the Whitewater river.
Spring Blooming Periods
Lower Elevations: 1,000 3,000 feet
YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsFebruary, March, and April
CactiMarch, April, and May
Higher Elevations: 3,000 5,000 feet
Joshua Trees and YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsMarch, April, and May
CactiApril, May, and June
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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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