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2019 Wildflower Reports Nevada and Utah
May 16, 2019 Verlyn reports: There is an explosion of Sego Lilies along Highway 191 from a few miles past Crescent Junction to about the Moab airport.
While heading south towards Moab yesterday (May 12th) we had pulled off the highway near mile marker 152 and drove a few miles down a dirt road to an area we have often seen large groups of evening primrose and were surprised to see sego lilies everywhere. There was also a lot of scorpionweed (Pacelia), a few primrose, some wild parsley, and several others.
Then when we got back to the highway and continued towards Moab we were amazed to see them all along the highway like popcorn on the ground. For several miles at least they dotted the areas on both sides of the highway by the thousands. I've never seen so many Sego Lilies every before.
Attached are a few photos of the flowers in the area we drove to that was a few miles off the highway but I didn't get a good picture along the highway itself.
May 16, 2019 Smoy reports: The desert areas of southern Nevada are in full bloom! These pictures were taken 5/10-5/13 in the area around Searchlight, NV. Just about every color you could imagine was there to be seen. The air was sweet with the scent of all the different flowers, and the cactuses were really starting to come on in full force!
May 10, 2019 Alexis reports: Paria Canyon, Utah May 4, 2019
May 7, 2019 Rick Reports: Sunday, May 5th, traveling on Highway 318 north from Hiko through Lund to Ely, NV there were groups of flowers along the length of the trip. Especially from Hiko to Lund. South of Lund just before the rest stop, I found these 3 beauties. The Paintbrush were more abundant than I've seen before and were this incredible deep red color. Also found scattered about were some pink phlox and these purple flowers. Perhaps they are Watson's Penstemon.
May 7, 2019 Laura reports: Blooming in St. George Utah / Arizona strip At exit 2 in Utah taken on 5/03/19
April 26 2019 Rick and Margarita Report: For April 23rd Tuesday, We explored the Armagosa Valley west of Beatty, NV and the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV. The valley is full of wildflowers! There are lots of blooms still waiting to open. The weather forecast is for hot weather, so I'd not wait too long to go. The variety is wonderful. My photo depicts a beautiful Hopsage turning into a brilliant maroon color. If you look closely, you will find at lease 8 other wildflowers in the photo. There are lots of Hopsage scattered about but they haven't turned. Still green. I saw one large Mohave Aster with at least 40 blooms on it ready to open. Next photo is a close up of a Wooly Daisy? There are quite a few large patches of these plus large patches of Desert Dandelion. Last photos depict a yellow Veatch Blazing Star? and a Blue Dick. There are wildflowers along highway 95 going north from Las Vegas to Beatty and many many more scattered throughout the Armagosa Valley.
April 22 2019 Rick and Margarita Report: Friday April 19th we exited I-15 north of Las Vegas at Apex Junction onto US 93 and headed north to Coyote Springs. From milepost 62 thru to milepost 77, the shoulders of the highway had quite a few varieties of wildflowers. There were also a couple of large patches of yellow poppies on the hillside. We also went into the Desert Wildlife Refuge on Mormon Well Rd. that is off US 93 just a few miles before Coyote Springs. There were flowers scattered about until the road started climbing in altitude. A lot of cactus is in bloom. Quite a few lilies also. And the usual suspects. The cactus really are that intense red color. Camera was set on "auto" with color set on "vivid"
April 12 2019 Travis reports: Quail Creek State Park and Red Reef Trails, Washington County, Utah Blooms were mostly just coming on or not yet started. The most conspicuous bloom was Stanleya pinnata (Prince’s plume).
Along the eastern side of Quail Creek resevoir there was a fairly sizable patch of Salvia dorrii in bloom between the South and East dams. There was also a lot of Castilleja (Indian paintbrush), probably C. chromosa. There was also Rafinesquia neomexicana (desert chicory), and Plantigo ovata (Desert plantain).
In the Quail Creek campground and elsewhere, there was fragrant Lepidium fremontii (peppergrass) in full bloom. I also saw one Baileya multiradiata beginning to bloom, as well as one Xylorhiza tortifolia (Mojave aster). Most plants had not yet bloomed and soon will. There was also Phacelia freemontii, and Ephedra sp. Sphaeralcea sp (globemallow) was just beginning to bloom and mostly not yet bloomed.
Along the lower trails out from the Red Reef Campgrounds, there was Cercis occidentalis (Western redbud) in full bloom. Penstemon eatonii was just barely beginning to bloom. Coleogyme ramosissima (Blackbush), and other shrubs were in bloom. Yucca brevifolua was also starting to bloom. Other yuccas were sending up stipes but not yet open.
April 12 2019 Betty reports: Gold Butte National Monument on 4-7-19 Bear Paw Poppies and sage.
April 10, 2019 Rick and Margarita report: Saturday April 6th, Lake Shore Rd turning into Northshore Rd to about 5 miles past Redstone Picnic area. (Lake Mead National Recreation area). The bloom has really picked up in the last week. "Belly" flowers so small three of them can fit on a dime. Lavender Mojave Aster. A large Las Vegas yellow Bearpoppy surrounded by purple mat. Cactus with lots of blooms and Desert Dandelion with beautiful red sandstone of Redstone Picnic area for backdrop. This species of Bearpoppy and the Sunrays only grow in gypsum rich soil and mostly only found in the Lake Mead area. This is a great year for the Bearpoppies. From Redstone to Overton are many large specimens.
April 6, 2019 Cynthia reports: Thank you so much for your reports. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between San Jose and Santa Cruz, California, so don’t know anything about desert wildflowers.
I drove from Las Vegas to Searchlight then took the cottonwood cove road to the end and drove back to 95 north to hwy 165? To get to Nelson. Then back to Las Vegas. Wow!!!
It was a glorious day of desert blooms, including apricot mallow, phacelia, poppies. I also saw some Mojave yuccas and Joshua trees blooming. Stunning. I don’t know anything about Nevada and would have never found hwy 95 or these two roads off 95 without your desert wildflower reports. Thanks again.
April 5, 2019 Rick and Margarita report: April 1 Monday, we traveled across the Colorado River from NV to AZ side on Interstate 11, then immediate 1st exit to Kingman Wash, followed it for about 5 miles and then another 4 miles up Fortification Hill road. The brittlebush and pincushion have exploded. Lots of blooms and possibly room for more. Lupine, golden poppy, yellow cups, globemallow, lots of chicory, sun rays, sand blazing star, gravel ghost, and prickly poppy. Easy to see how prickly poppy got its name looking at its stems.
April 3, 2019 Rick and Margarita report: We went to Nelson's Landing and Cottonwood Cove (Searchlight) Sunday March 31. There is a nice variety of flowers both locations. Quite a few cactus are starting to bloom off the road to Cottonwood cove. Down Nelson's Landing, there was a large patch of Desert Gold right along side the road. Both places had flowers in bunches and scattered. We saw one caterpillar, Ghost flowers, phacelia, monkey flowers, Daisy Desert Star, Sand Blazing Star, more phacelia mixed in with Brittlebush and much more. Personally I didn't know there was a difference between sand blazing star and ghost flower. I saw both and include a picture of each one. Sand blazing star is a single pallid color with a few marginally darker veins, while the ghost flower has a series of dark reddish-maroon speckles, and a larger dark red patch that lies underneath an arching dark yellow central structure.
April 2, 2019 Betty reports: Gold Butte Nevada Best bloom of poppies in years. Also Yucca, Indian paintbrush, Chicory, and many buds on bushes and cactus.
April 1, 2019 Diane reports: Cottonwood Cove Road near Searchlight NV yesterday (Mar 29, 2019). Noted 34 different species of wildflowers. Nice display of several species, including Joshua trees, lupine, Virgin River encelia, purple mat, sand verbena and dune primrose. More blooms after going through the Lake Mead NRA fee station, closer to the water. Wildflowers along the roadside and off to the sides, up the hills.
March 25, 2019 Kathy reports: 3/22/19 we went to Nelson, and the bloom hasn't happened yet. On the slope up to Nelson we took the first photos of the few yellow and purple flowers. On the slope down to the river we saw one gorgeous beavertail cactus blossom on a warm rock face. The creosote is thinking about blossoming but only out a bit at the river. Lovely, lovely day though with temp around 70 degrees.
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.
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