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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.



2017 Wildflower Reports

April 25, 2017 Ron and Linda report: This is outside our door at the Hole in  the Wall campground.  Taken 4-20-2017.  Brings to mind “New Riders of the Purple Sage”. Numerous different cacti species also in bloom.

April 12, 2017 Terry reports: Drove on Cima Road from I-15 to I-40 on Tuesday, April 11. There are still plenty of flowers to see. About 10 miles on either side of Kelso Depot is very good. The creosote is in full bloom. Desert dandelion and pebble pincushion are everywhere. Other species include desert chicory, white tackstem, threadleaf groundsel, desert marigold, Booth's evening primrose, Nevada catseye, bristly langloisia, Mojave prickly poppy, woolly daisy, beavertail cactus, kingcup cactus, teddy bear cholla, desert lily, desert trumpet, desert globemallow, Bajada lupine, bristly fiddleneck, desert paintbrush, rattlesnake weed, purple mat, Palmer's milkvetch, Palmer's penstemon, elegant rockcress, Fremont's phacelia, redstem storksbill, Mexican cliffrose, golden linanthus, spiny monodora, yellow pepperweed, white burrobrush and Mojave aster.

April 3, 2017 Wan reports: The primroses around Cadiz Dunes were gone. An army of caterpillars stormed that region and left only stalks. I personally witnessed their feast on 3/25. On 3/26 a short stretch of CA-62 west to Twentynine Palms was dyed green by the caterpillar roadkills. The scene was too gross to photograph.

March 27, 2017 Stephanie Reports: There are great wildflowers along I-40 south of Mojave NP. Entire hillsides are yellow and there are lots of lupine along the highway. The best showing is in the foothills along Nevada Route 163 between I-95 and Laughlin. The roads into Lake Mead NRA are excellent. The hills are full of Encelia, Phacelia, Chicory, Cryptantha, Camissonia, Amsinckia, Desert Star, Desert Mallow, Lupine, Gilia, Nicotiana, Beavertail Cactus, creosote, Indigo, chia, Escholzia, one green-flowering cholla, and more. This is the best we saw after passing through Mojave NP (North to South) from Vegas.

March 27, 2017 Katie Reports: I was delighted with the wildflowers I saw on Saturday March 25. I went into the northern entrance of MNP from Baker, on Kelbaker road. I saw Beavertail cactus, desert lily, and “belly flowers” when I got out and walked to see the cactus, wallace’s wooly daisy, lilac sunbonnets. apricot mallow, sun cups, desert dandelions, desert five spot, desert-gold poppies, popcorn flowers or forget me nots, desert pincushion were some.


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