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. Photos from other areas of the park taken in April of 2010 and later. 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.
|See 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.
|See more wildflowers in Los Angeles|
The spring broom around LA brings out Blue Dicks, Blue-eyed Grass, Monkeyflower, Chinese Houses, Gazanias, Lupines, Mariposa Lily, Phacelia, Poppies, Sea Figs, Shooting Star, Sunflowers, and more.
Flowers in Joshua Tree National Park
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Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park
|560||Fortynine Palms Oasis|
The out and back hike visits a palm tree oasis in the desert on the north side of Joshua Tree.
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)|
This out and back hike travels up a wash, a canyon, and an old road to a mountainside mine site.
|587||High 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.
This out and back hike summits a peak with impressive views over the west side of Joshua Tree.
|600||Desert 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.
|610||Lucky Boy Vista|
This level out and back hike visits a modest overlook at the site of an old mine.
|620||Wall 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|
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)|
This level loop visits a small foreign-looking reservoir within the Wonderland of Rocks.
This loop circles the interior of a small valley surrounded by tall rocks that serves as an excellent bouldering arena.
|1 mile (or more)|
This out and back hike offers summit views from the center of Joshua Tree National Park.
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)|
|680||Lost Horse Mine|
This out and back hike visits a well-preserved mine and mill.
|690||Keys 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.
|700||Crown 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.
This lollipop loop visits a natural arch in the granite formations around White Tank Campground.
|720||Cholla Cactus Garden|
This loop offers a stroll through an intense concentration of cholla cacti.
This loop visits a 3,400-foot summit with panoramic views of southeastern Joshua Tree.
|740||Lost Palms Oasis|
This out and back hike visits an oasis nestled between mountains in the southeast corner of the park.
This level nature trail loop explores the plants living on a desert bajada.
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?
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.
March 19, 2015 on a hike to Lost Horse Mine found a very small flower that I can not identify. leave are grey green very close to ground, they look like curly parsley. The flower was not quiet out yet but the bud looked to be a dill shaped flower that would be burgundy when blooming. Have a picture but will not let me post it here. thank you for your assistance.