Wildflowers draw crowds of visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Who wouldn’t want to see the desert come alive with vibrant tapestries of colors? At peak bloom, which lasts just a couple of weeks, the desert floor transforms into a dazzling tableau with carpets of yellow, red, and purple. The bloom typically climaxes in early march, but the intensity and timing of the bloom varies each year. Rainfall, wind, and temperature influence the scale and scheduling of the bloom. Unfortunately, in recent years invasive Sahara Mustard has swept into the Anza-Borrego Desert destroying much of the native vegetation, and diminishing the wildflower bloom. Visitors are encouraged to pull up this weed when spotted.
Even outside peak bloom, wildflowers can be seen along trails and roadways throughout the spring. Keep an eye open for flowering cacti, bushes, and other vegetation. News of the bloom is posted on the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park website, and can also be received over the phone by calling the wildflower hotline at 760-767-4684. You only need to hike one of the short trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to discover lots of wildflowers.
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The desert bloom to the north is impressive as well. Take a look at blooming Canterbury bell, desert dandelions, desert poppies, Engelmann hedgehog, globemallow, Mojave aster, Mojave mound cactus, sand blazing star, and more.
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The spring broom around LA brings out blue dicks, blue-eyed grass, monkeyflower, Chinese houses, lupines, phacelia, poppies, shooting stars, sunflowers, and more.
Flowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
And that invasive weed…
Hikes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
|Calcite Mine Trail
This figure-eight shaped lollipop loop visits enthralling narrows and a mine site important to the history of the Anza-Borrego Desert.
|4 - 4.25 miles
|Borrego Palm Canyon Trail
This loop visits a popular palm tree oasis in a canyon west of Borrego Springs.
|Panoramic Overlook Trail
The out and back hike ascends a ridge on the south side of Borrego Palm Canyon to sweeping views of the San Ysidro Mountains and Borrego Valley.
|Hellhole Canyon Trail to Maidenhair Falls
This out and back hike visits a 20-foot waterfall in a canyon near Borrego Springs, making it the perfect place to cool off on a hot day in the California Desert.
|Culp Valley Loop
This loop visits Culp Valley Overlook and Pena Springs, delivering views of the San Ysidro Mountains and Borrego Valley along the way.
|Tubb Canyon Trail to Big Spring
This out and back hike follows a footpath across Tubb Canyon to Big Spring in a desert canyon below Pinyon Ridge in the San Ysidro Mountains.
This out and back hike crosses a narrow canyon beneath a natural rock span that is among the most photographed landmarks in the park.
|Kenyon Overlook Trail
This loop sets out from Yaqui Pass to reach an incredible viewpoint across Mescal Bajada.
|Cactus Loop Trail
This loop on a self-guided nature trail explores cacti and other plants that have adapted to survive in the Anza-Borrego Desert.
|Yaqui Well Trail
This out and back hike on a self-guided nature trail explores area botany and history on the way to a rare desert water source.
No hiking required to visit this Kumeyaay Indian Village Site on Mine Wash Road where you can find morteros in a collection of boulders.
|Narrows Earth Trail
This short self-guided loop explores the geology of the park.
|Elephant Trees Trail
This easy loop offers a lesson in desert botany including the rare elephant tree.
This out and back hike visits rock paintings drawn by Kumeyaay Indians who lived in the Anza-Borrego Desert thousands of years ago.
This out and back hike visits a village of boulders once occupied by Kumeyaay Indians who left behind Morteros, grinding bowls carved into the rock.
|Marshal South Home Trail
This out and back hike ascends to the ruins of an adobe cabin on Ghost Mountain (Yaquitepec) with great views above Blair Valley.
|Rainbow Canyon Trail
This out and back hike follows an undeveloped trail up a colorful canyon full of vibrant rock formations and desert plants.
|Wind Caves Trail
This short hike climbs to a sandstone formation that begs to be explored.