Joshua Tree Wildflowers

Spring is the perfect time to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The temperatures are accommodating and the desert comes to life with wildflowers. The desert in bloom is something any outdoor enthusiast in California should see. Most of the wildflowers below were photographed near Eagle Mountain and Lost Palms Oasis in April of 2008. There are also photos from other areas of the park taken in April of 2010. Enjoy these samples of blooming desert beauties like Engelmann hedgehog, Canterbury bell, Mojave mound cactus, and beavertail cactus, and then set out to find your own wildflowers in Joshua Tree National Park. The lower elevation on the east side of the park typically blooms earlier in the year. Ask a park rangers to point you in the right direction.

Anza-Borrego Desert WildflowersSee more wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
The desert bloom in the park to the south brings out Barrel Cactus, Beavertail Cactus, Bigelow’s Monkeyflower, Brown-eyed Primrose, Desert Chicory, Fishhook Cactus, Ocotillo, Prickly Poppy, and more.
Los Angeles WildflowersSee more wildflowers in Los Angeles
The spring broom around LA brings out Blue Dicks, Blue-eyed Grass, Monkeyflower, Chinese Houses, Gazanias, Lupines, Mariposa Lilly, Phacelia, Poppies, Sea Figs, Shooting Star, Sunflowers, and more.

 

Flowers in Joshua Tree National Park

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Beavertail cactus

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Beavertail cactus

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Beavertail cactus near Indian Cove Campground

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Canterbury bell

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Canterbury bell near Indian Cove Campground

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Canterbury bell near Indian Cove Campground

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Desert dandelions and desert poppies

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Engelmann hedgehog

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Engelmann hedgehog beneath a cholla cactus

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Globemallow

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Globemallow

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Globemallow

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Globemallow

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Globemallow and Canterbury bell

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Mojave aster

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Mojave aster

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Mojave aster

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Mojave mound cactus

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Mojave mound cactus

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Mojave mound cactus

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Mojave mound cactus

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Mojave mound cactus

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Mojave mound cactus near Desert Queen Mine

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Mojave mound cactus Near desert Queen Mine

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Mojave mound cactus near Barker Dam

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Mojave mound cactus near Barker Dam

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Notch-leaf phacelia

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Ocotillo

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Sand blazing star


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Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
49 Palms Oasis560Fortynine Palms Oasis
The out and back hike visits a palm tree oasis in the desert on the north side of Joshua Tree.
3 miles
350 feet
34.105651,
-116.10479
Indian Cove Joshua Tree570Indian Cove
The 101-site campground is home to a 0.6-mile interpretive trail and endless bouldering and rock climbing opportunities.
0.6 - 2 miles (or more)
25 feet
34.094833,
-116.15747
Contact Mine Joshua Tree580Contact Mine
This out and back hike travels up a wash, a canyon, and an old road to a mountainside mine site.
3.9 miles
700 feet
34.069024,
-116.055543
high view nature trail587High View Nature Trail
This loop climbs a ridge on the west side of the park that offers views of San Gorgonio Mountain and Yucca Valley, along with an introduction to desert plants.
1.35 miles
325 feet
34.076169,
-116.399369
Warren Peak Joshua Tree590Warren Peak
This out and back hike summits a peak with impressive views over the west side of Joshua Tree.
5.5 miles
1,000 feet
34.055136,
-116.407381
Desert Queen Mine Joshua Tree600Desert Queen Mine
This out and back hike follows a level desert trail to an overlook before crossing a canyon to visits the ruins of an old gold mine.
1.6 miles
150 feet
34.023516,
-116.077661
Lucky Boy Vista Joshua Tree610Lucky Boy Vista
This level out and back hike visits a modest overlook at the site of an old mine.
2.5 miles
125 feet
34.017818,
-116.082237
Wall Street Mill Joshua Tree620Wall Street Mill
This level out and back hike visits a well-reserved gold mill, exploring the mining history of Joshua Tree National Park.
1.55 - 2.15
115 feet
34.036453,
-116.133863
Wonderland Wash Joshua Tree630Wonderland Wash
This level out and back hike travels past the ruins of Wonderland Ranch up a use trail into the Wonderland of Rocks.
2.1 miles (or more)
75 feet
34.030444,
-116.139357
Barker Dam Joshua Tree640Barker Dam
This level loop visits a small foreign-looking reservoir within the Wonderland of Rocks.
1.5 miles
100 feet
34.024896,
-116.142061
Hidden Valley Joshua Tree650Hidden Valley
This loop circles the interior of a small valley surrounded by tall rocks that serves as an excellent bouldering arena.
1 mile (or more)
25 feet
34.012743,
-116.168729
Ryan Mountain Joshua Tree660Ryan Mountain
This out and back hike offers summit views from the center of Joshua Tree National Park.
3 miles
1,075 feet
34.002572,
-116.135939
Ryan Ranch Joshua Tree670Ryan Ranch
This out and back hike from Ryan Campground or Park Boulevard visits the ruins of an old adobe homestead beneath Ryan Mountain.
0.8 - 1.2 miles (or more)
25 feet
33.988821,
-116.153846
Lost Horse Mine Joshua Tree680Lost Horse Mine
This out and back hike visits a well-preserved mine and mill.
4 miles
400 feet
33.950685,
-116.159805
Inspiration Peak Joshua Tree690Keys View to Inspiration Peak
This out and back hike leaves the crowds at Keys View for even grander views from a 5,550-foot summit.
1.2 miles
425 feet
33.931799,
-116.192701
Crown Prince Lookout Joshua Tree700Crown Prince Lookout
This easy out and back hike crosses a desert plateau to a pair of overlook near the site of an World War II era observation post.
3.25 miles
50 feet
33.991885,
-116.067908
Arch Rock Joshua Tree710Arch Rock
This easy loop visits a natural arch in the granite formations around White Tank Campground.
0.3 miles
30 feet
33.985241,
-116.016487
Cholla Cactus Garden Joshua Tree720Cholla Cactus Garden
This loop offers a stroll through an intense concentration of cholla cacti.
0.25 miles
0.1 miles
33.925302,
-115.928777
Mastodon Peak Joshua Tree730Mastodon Peak
This loop visits a 3,400-foot summit with panoramic views of southeastern Joshua Tree.
2.6 miles
440 feet
33.735165,
-115.799682
Joshua Tree Lost Palms Oasis740Lost Palms Oasis
This out and back hike visits an oasis nestled between mountains in the southeast corner of the park.
7.2 miles
400 feet
33.712768,
-115.762737
Bajada Trail Joshua Tree750Bajada Trail
This level nature trail loop explores the plants living on a desert bajada.
0.3 miles
5 feet
33.681238,
-115.801784
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2 Comments on Wildflowers in Joshua Tree National Park

  1. Marta Straznicky says:

    When is the best time to see wildflowers in bloom in Joshua Tree N.P., and what would make a good base for some challenging day hikes?

    Thanks!

    • hikespeak says:

      March is usually the best time of year to see flowers, but it changes year to year. The east side of the park, which is at a lower elevation, usually blooms first. The trail to Lost Palms Oasis is a good day hike in that area that can get a lot of flowers.

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