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2019 Wildflower Reports Nevada and Utah

March 21, 2019 Rick and Margarita report: A close by haunt for wild flowers close to Las Vegas is Kingman Wash road. Take Interstate 11 across the bridge over the Colorado River just below Hoover Dam. Kingman Wash road is the first exit to the right and is well marked. Follow the road for about 5 miles. It is posted as 4X4 recommended, but I believe that people with minimum driving skills can cover the entire road in a car, if careful. Certainly worth it. The bloom is just getting started and I anticipate many many more flowers blooming and there's lots of variety.

We saw California poppies, yellow cups, brittle bush, chicory, some different types of phacelia, globe mallow, desert dandelion, pincushion, quite a few purple desert lupine, one large group of sand blazing stars and some very showy enceliopsis argophylla, commonly known as Silverleaf Sunray. Sunrays like to grow in gypsum-rich soil often in a barren landscape where few other plants are growing. It only grows mostly on the Nevada/Arizona sides of Lake Mead and is not really found any where else.

I took a picture of my wife standing next to the largest, most perfect beautiful clump of Sunrays I have ever seen.

March 19, 2019 David reports:  March 17, 2019, I drove down El Dorado Canyon to Nelson's Landing.  In addition to the Encelia farinosa - Brittlebush and the lupines that your correspondent Carrie reported, I also saw several patches of Eschscholzia californica - California Poppy.  They were mostly on south-facing slopes in the lower canyon near the river, but there was an anomalous patch along HW 165 just before the turn south towards Nelson.  Creosote bushes were blooming near the river, and there were a few Phacelia of some sort in the lower Canyon.  I agree with Carrie that the bloom hasn't yet peaked.

March 18, 2019 Rick and Margarita report: Going south of Boulder City on Highway 95, turn east on highway 165 to get to Nelson & Nelson's Landing. There are some brittle bush blooming with more on the way, especially as one approaches Lade Mohave. A few purple phacelia and what I think are golden poppies. Lots of green. I think the wildflowers will get much better in the coming weeks as it warms up.

March 17, 2019 Carrie reports: Took a drive to Nelson, Nevada on 3/14/19, not much blooming yet. Saw some some beautiful brittlebush and lupines along the road close to El Dorado Canyon. It was a nice drive. Hoping it gets better in the next few weeks. (Google Map Link)

March 12, 2019 Carrie reports: Willow Beach Rd, Lake Mead NRA Mar 9 There are lots of lupines lining the Willow Beach Road and Jumbo Wash Road in Lake Mead NRA.  Desert chicory, many-lobed primrose, globe mallow, some mohave poppies, desert pincushion, and monkey flower are some others that are blooming in this part of Lake Mead.  (Google Map Link) AZ side of Lake Mead

March 5, 2019 Betty reports: Hiking in Gold Butte (Nevada)  on February 28th.  The Joshua trees were just starting to bloom.  Lots of buds as well.

Feb 14, 2019 Valley of Fire State Park reports: White Domes Road is closed in its entirety due to water over the road. Due to heavy rainfall, the visitor center is currently closed. We anticipate that both the visitor center and White Domes Road will reopen tomorrow.

If visiting the park today, please use caution. We apologize for Mother Nature's inconvenience, and will keep you posted when updates are available!

Jan 30, 2019 Norman reports: Last week I drove down Willow Beach Road at Lake Mead NRA and saw the roadsides lined with lupines.  They haven't flowered yet, but it should be very pretty when they do.  Jumbo Wash (dirt road) off of Willow Beach Road also has lots of lupines starting.  

Jan 1, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Nevada and Utah are getting a lot of snow.



2018 Wildflower Reports

Oct 2, 2018 Arches National Park reports: We're expecting increased rainfall over the next few days. Road conditions can change quickly, and roads could become flooded or impassable. Check at the visitor center or on our website for most up-to-date road conditions.

Oct 2, 2018 Valley Of Fire State Park reports: We are expecting some heavy rainfall on Monday afternoon, October 1, and Tuesday, October 2. If you are caught in a flash flood, follow the steps below, and shelter in place. Please be advised that White Domes Road may close periodically due to flooding. 

Aug 24, 2018 LB77 reports: Escobaria alversonii 8-19-18 Mojave Desert in Boulder City, NV

Escobaria alversonii 8-19-18 Mojave Desert in Boulder City, NV


June 18, 2018 Canyonlands Natl Park reports: Wildflowers area blooming.

May 11, 2018 Steve reports: Scented penstemon on road to oak grove campground outside of Leeds, Utah. Also saw white lupine, butter and eggs, firecracker penstemon and Indian paintbrush.

Butter and eggs on Road to oak grove campground

May 5, 2018 Valley of Fire State Park reports: The Indigo Bush is in bloom here in the park. Keep an eye out for this beautiful flower when in the park.

May 5, 2018 Zion National Park reports: Wildflowers are all blooming along trails in the Kolob Canyons District of Zion. The next few days are the last chance to easily see this part of the park. The Kolob Canyons Road closes on Tuesday for a seven month road construction project.

May 2, 2018 Barbara reports: Photos from Arches National Park, UT

Arches National Park, UT

April 20, 2018 Pam reports: Entering the Valley of Fire State Park in Southwest Nevada, was happy to see yellow wildflowers along the roadway. Just past the west entrance, big horn sheep were munching on the wildflowers! The Fire Wave trail had lots of yellow wildflowers, blooming creosotes and even a handful of blooming beavertails. Rainbow Vista had some more yellow blooms and then near the CCC cabins - low and behold, more big horn sheep munching on the yellow blooms.



April 11, 2018 the Wilsons report: Lake Mead North Shore flowers, Best flowers in 10 years here.  Identified 25 varieties, a couple we couldn't identified.


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