Mojave NP - Amboy - RT 66

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Wildflower Reports Mojave NP - Amboy Area - RT 66

Jan 14, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Rain is in the forecast for the next three days; this should improve the outlook for wildflowers in the area.

Jan 6, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Not much in bloom at this date. Some areas along Amboy Road are showing some green, it's still early.


Jan 1, 2019 DesertUSA reports: The area received some rain in December. We're making a trip out here later this week and will update with current conditions and pictures.





2018 Wildflower Reports

Aug 18, 2018 DesertUSA reports: A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from noon today through this evening for much of the Mojave Desert, including the hi-desert, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Mojave National Preserve, out to Nevada.

April 13, 2018 Sam reports: Spent three days in Mojave National Preserve, April 7-9. Most flowers were isolated occurrences, the few exceptions being the smaller ground cover flowers in certain areas. Not a lot of blooms on cactus yet. Lots of wildflowers in bloom on the drive along I-15 between Barstow and Baker.

Lots of desert mallow and false woolly daisy on top of Wild Horse Mesa. Chia, vervian, and turpentine broom in the Mid-Hills between Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall campgrounds. Did not see a lot of Mojave yucca or Joshua trees in bloom, except for the one photographed at the Mid Hills campground. New grass shoots were popping up in a lot of places.

Not wildflowers, but hard to ignore were the caterpillar nests everywhere in the Castle Peaks and Wild Horse Mesa areas. I think they are tent caterpillars and looked about ready to leave the nest. On top of Wild Horse Mesa a different type of caterpillar was roaming around, with a few on almost every plant.

Mar 16, 2018 BLM reports: The flowers are starting to come out at Amboy Crater. It's not going to be the super bloom from last year, however, we are starting to see some wildflowers bloom, including the desert lily. If you are in need of a St Patrick's Day adventure, BLM partners from Mojave Desert Land Trust will be hosting an open house at Amboy Crater this Saturday, March 17. The California Historic Route 66 Association will be on hand with classic cars and the Lomeli Family will share photos and stories from growing up in Amboy. Along a hike to the crater, there will be kiosks with information on volcanoes, flowers, critters and Mojave Trails National Monument maps. More...

Mar 2, 2018 Alvin reports: Snow in the desert is always a special treat. Near the Mojave lava tube...


Feb 16, 2018 Patty reports: Kelbaker Road just past Kelso, there are a lot more of the yellow flowers growing along I-40. Still a ways from the full bloom.

Feb 16, 2018 DUSA reports: No wildflowers in the Amboy area yet, but a great sunset yesterday.

Feb 2, 2018 DUSA reports: The season’s only significant weather system on Jan. 9th and 10th, cut through the Mojave National Preserve. This may be good spot to look for wildflowers in the next few weeks.

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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