Tuesday, February 19 2019
Spring is quickly approaching which means sunnier days, warmer weather, lush mountains, and thriving wildflower blooms in Southern California! Southern California has been blessed with plenty of much-needed rain this winter, so the wildflower blooms to follow are bound to be more abundant and beautiful than ever! Keep reading to find out where you can see these incredible fields full of blooming flowers.
Photo by Sue Pollock (via The Nature Conservancy)
Carrizo Plain is a National Monument located in San Luis Obispo County. According to The Nature Conservancy, it is the largest single native grassland remaining in California, spanning for 250,000 acres along the base of the Temblor Mountains. The best time to visit is during March or April, when the fields will be in full bloom—it is a wonderous sight to see filled with yellow, orange, and purple wildflowers covering the hills and plains. You may even consider camping for a few days to hike, explore, and take in the sights and wildlife!
Photo by Sumiko Photo (via Shutterstock)
Anza-Borrego Desert is located south of Palm Springs and is the largest state park in California, covering more than 600,000 acres. The Anza-Borrego Desert is one of the best places in California to catch a wildflower super bloom and features a variety of different plant species! Flowers begin to bloom in early spring, and their longevity relies on the amount of rainfall. Each canyon in Anza-Borrego has its own wildflower bloom (Borrego Palm Canyon, Henderson Canyon Road, and Coyote canyon) and you can refer to the California Parks & Recreation website for “wildflower updates” and directions!
Photo via Trip Advisor
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is located just 90 miles from Los Angeles and can begin to see blooms as early as mid-February through mid-May. Keep an eye out for the other wildflowers that bloom within the reserve: owl’s clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis. Because too little rain or too much rain will influence the blooms, they can sometimes be unpredictable. It is best to check the status of the wildflower blooms on the state park website before making plans to visit. Be sure you stick to the designated paths in the reserve and don’t trample the flowers, which could result in a citation and cause long-lasting damage to the plants and their future growth. VisitCalifornia.com shares an inside tip for optimal flower viewing from a park interpreter, Jean Rhyne: “Midmorning is usually best because it has warmed up enough for poppies to open, but the afternoon winds haven’t kicked in yet. If it’s too cold or windy, the poppies close up.”
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park is located just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles and features multiple trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, and many streams for fishing. The hiking trails take you along Malibu Creek and through Malibu Canyon where you can see the endless blooms of field mustard during springtime! Part of the Malibu Creek State Park was burned in the Woolsey Fire, however after plenty of rain the nature is recovering and turning green again! For more information on hiking trails and campsite rentals, visit the Malibu Creek State Park website.