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Viewing Tips:

  • Take only photographs, NOT flowers.
  • Trampled flowers can't reseed themselves for next year. Take photographs OF flowers, not IN flowers.
  • Walk on designated trails and paths. Stepping on flowers (or posing, sitting, or picnicking among them) damages existing blooms and prevents the next generation from growing.


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Best Places to View Wildflowers

In the springtime in California, especially after rains, you'll find flowers blooming in deserts, low-elevation grasslands, and table-mountain landscapes including these favorite spots:

Chino Hills State Park, Chino Hills: Hike the Bane Ridge Trail or drive Bane Road to see California poppies, arroyo lupine, and canterbury bells.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Lancaster: Poppy plants have pushed up from the earth, and a few poppies are starting to bloom. Park staff usually expect a better-than-average bloom will begin in March.

San Luis Obispo County: On California's Central Coast, an easy drive along wildflower-rich Shell Creek Road in Santa Margarita delivers an eye-popping display of orange poppies and sky-blue lupine. In Los Osos, Montaña de Oro State Park lives up to its name ("mountains of gold") with bluffs covered in California poppies. Sixty miles east, the grasslands of Carrizo Plain National Monument are showing off goldfields, tidy tips, owl's clover, and hillside daisies.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs: Spring wildflowers show their colors on alluvial fans and in washes. Sand verbena, desert lily, dune evening primrose, and desert sunflowers are blooming with enthusiasm at Coyote Canyon/DiGiorgio Road, Henderson Canyon Road, and June Wash.

North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Oroville: Flowers usually start showing themselves on this elevated basalt mesa around the first week of March. Formed by ancient lava flows, Table Mountain stores rainwater in its porous rock, which results in blankets of flowers, fascinating vernal pools, and ephemeral waterfalls.

Russian Ridge Preserve, Redwood City: Flower lovers flock to this ridgetop paradise to see orange poppies and blue lupine painting the grasslands like a Monet masterpiece. When these beauties fade, they're replaced by mule's ears, brodiaea, and farewell-to-spring, so you can usually find blossoms well into May.

Jepson Prairie Preserve, Dixon: From March to May, thousands of tiny wildflowers paint the landscape in ribbons of yellow, purple, and white in one of California's few remaining native bunchgrass prairies. More than 400 species of plants thrive here, along with vernal pools filled with fairy shrimp and other rare invertebrates.










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