Winter rains this year have not been enough to prompt a showy display of annual wildflowers, but cacti, trees and shrubs are blooming in many places, including the Visitor Center garden.
Ocotillo are in full bloom in the north and south forks of Indian Canyon in the southern part of the park, and along highway S-3 entering Borrego Springs from the south.
If you are a determined hiker, you may find isolated examples of annual wildflowers in some of the western canyons, such as Borrego Palm Canyon, Coyote Canyon, Glorieta Canyon, and Cool Canyon.
You can see some annuals in the “new” washes north and south of the road into Glorieta Canyon—ground cherry, cryptantha, poppies—and the spiny desert senna is starting to bloom along the road. It smells so good! 2WD is OK in this area, but vehicles need some clearance to get all the way up the road.
Other locations to visit are Hornblende and Cool Canyon if you'd like to see annuals and are willing to drive about 30 minutes outside Borrego Springs. Neither canyon is marked at the road so check a map or call the Visitor Center before heading out on your adventure.
Some visitors found a few poppy plants in bloom in Lizard Wash. It is 4WD, so people in regular cars should park on the highway and walk in. You won't have to walk very far to find a few flowers.
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 760-767-4205.
ABDSP Visitor Center
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004