Welcome to the season of springtime wildflowers! You don’t want to miss this beautiful display of color that is blooming up and down our entire state of California. With the enormous amounts of rainfall and snow this season, those resting wildflower seeds were able to come to life. What Russ and Lori would like to do is let you know where some special places are to view these wildflowers. Once the temperatures heat up, these wildflowers go back to sleep, awaiting another bountiful season of rain. This is an excellent time to plan a camping trip where these flowers bloom.

Wildflowers can be found quite close to home in the high desert. Fifteen miles west of Lancaster, is the site of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Historically the best month for viewing the flowers in their full glory would be in April. This depends on rain, and we have had a lot of it. Glancing at areas off Interstate 15 and Interstate 40, you can see wildflowers blooming now.

Death Valley should be a cornucopia of flowers this season. If you’re planning on camping there, make reservations where it is applicable. Plenty of RV folks have the same idea about seeing that sea of color. Even the air has a fresh scent to it.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, east of San Diego, has marvelous wildflower displays. Via highways 78 and 79 in Riverside, San Diego, and Riverside Counties, there are hundreds of square miles to view. Fauna of this region can be seen grazing as well. This can either be a long day trip, or better still, some camping time. Pack your patience and allow a lot of extra time if you take the drive as traffic has been reported to be very heavy after the rains caused a super bloom. 

Experiencing wildflowers, tall trees, pure streams and rivers at the same time interest you? It is a drive from the high desert, but Russ and Lori have to tell you about Garrapata State Park. This area is in Monterey County, near Carmel. The sights are breathtaking. Honestly, this is worth the drive. On the coastal ridge is an amazing redwood grove. The Soberanes Canyon Trail winds through wildflowers that at times completely surround you for as far as you can see. As far as accessibility to some of these areas of Garrapata State Park, it can be traversed for the first nearly two miles fairly easily. It seems pretty flat. The next part of the trail is a steep hike to the coastal ridge. Still, what you see up to the steep climb is just as wonderful.

Just east of San Jose is Henry W. Coe State Park. A mountainous area, this is a great place to see wildflowers as well. If you have not been to that area before, it is a two day drive, driving reasonable miles a day and getting plenty of rest. After all of the rain they got this year, you may be in for a treat with wildflowers. Tiny Purple Mouse Ear Flowers are very selective about when they decide the weather was right to bloom. This may be the best year ever. People come from all over to see the variety of wildflowers that grow here.

See if you recognize some of these examples of some wildflower names. Shooting Stars, Footsteps of Spring, Checkerbloom, Johnny Jump-Ups, and Monkey Flower are just a taste of the varieties you will see. There are dozens more. Just the names of the flowers themselves encourage many to see these flowers while the opportunity is there.

Folks, these flowers indicate that our thirsty ground has had a nice healthy drink of water. The increasing numbers of wild critters running about, show that they also benefit from watering the earth.

Looking at the flowers, it is a good time to reflect. We are just recovering from a serious drought. There is more recovering to do. We all need to continue to conserve in a way that helps protect our precious natural resources. Spring is here, wildflowers are blooming, so go see ‘em and Let’s Get Rollin’!

To contact Russ and Lori, email them at Russ.Lori.Rollin@gmail.com