Thousands of visitors come to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® each year to enjoy the beauty of unique and captivating desert wildflowers in bloom. With 92 different plant families, 346 genera and hundreds of flowering species, there is quite the variety of flora to discover! Many environmental factors determine when, how many and which blooms will appear in any given season. The unique combination of sun, rain, temperature and wind set the stage for the springtime arrival of wildflowers. So, when is the best time to experience this phenomenon? That is one of the most frequently asked questions at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! It is very difficult to answer with any certainty, as each year’s conditions can vary greatly. The second week of March is often the peak of the wildflower bloom; however, all conditions must be perfect for the carpets of flowers you often see in the media.
Wildflower Update: 2/15/19
S-22 Roadside :Heading east on S-22 look for early blooms along the roadside and in the washes & canyons between mile 33 and 35. There is a large pullout between miles 30 and 31 with room for parking near a field of purple sand verbena. Arroyo Salado Primitive Camp:The north and south sides of the road have blooms. Sand Verbena between Mile Markers 30 and 31; a variety of blooms can be seen at entrances to Coachwhip Canyon and Ella Wash: Desert Lily, Desert Sunflower, Brown-Eyed Primrose, Sand Verbena. Visit washes on either side of the road to see a variety of blooms.
Ocotillo Wells SVRA: Visitors with 4WD can check out The Cove, Devil’s Slide, Palm Wash, and Tarantula Wash. Those without 4WD vehicles should visit the OWSVRA Discovery Center, and walk the accessible trail to see a variety of plants in bloom.
For maps and directions, call the Visitor Center at 760-767-4205.
Getting to the Flowers:
Flowers are blooming in many areas around the Park. Most of these places require high clearance and/or four-wheel drive capacity. Don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle? Never fear, here are a few ways you can plan your trip to have a safe and quality experience in the Park viewing wildflower blooms.
layers of clothes, hat, sunscreen, water and snacks. Want to go on an expert guided plant walk?
Join us on Fridays at 9am for a our Spring Plant Walks, a collaboration of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and
Anza-Borrego Foundation. Call 760-767-0446. EXT 1002 to reserve your spot today, space is limited.
Bike It: Bring your mountain bike or rent one from Bike Borrego.
You can even take a fully guided e-bike tour, creating an easy reach for riders with varying
levels of fitness and cycling experience to get our into the Park.
Overland It: Plan a private desert tour with our friends at California Overland.
Get way out, beyond the most visited areas, to see not only wildflowers but some of the most
incredible resources of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Stay Connected and Be Prepared:
1. Sign up for ABF’s email updates to receive communication about the bloom.
2. Check Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's website for road conditions, safety tips and best routes to take when traveling to the Park.
3. Call the Wildflower Hotline: (760) 767-4684
4. Check out our Facebook page and share your images with us #anzaborrego
5. Visit our State Park Store for free information, wildflower brochures, books, and all your needs for heading out into the desert.
6. Plan your stay in advance, visit Reserve California to book a site for camping in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.