Find SoCal’s Best Wildflowers

Posted on March 27th, 2017

SoCal is in bloom!

It’s still cold and snowy on the East Coast, but here in sunny Southern California, spring has sprung! All that crazy rain we got this winter (the most in ten years!) has not only helped the drought, it has inspired one of the most amazing wildflower seasons in years.

While you are probably noticing lots of gorgeous flowers just walking through your neighborhood, if you’re up for a mini road trip, here are some of the very best SoCal spots to see the spring wildflowers.

Close to home:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (East San Diego County)

  • Go for: Lilies, desert sunflowers, poppies, and more!
  • Distance from downtown San Diego: About 2 hours.
  • Insider tip: Leave super early, and plan your visit using the wildflower update page.

A little further:
Point Mugu State Park (Malibu)

  • Go for: Poppies, lilies, and a gorgeous ocean view.
  • Distance from downtown San Diego: About 4 hours.
  • Insider tip: Hike the Chumash Trail to the top to see exotic chocolate lilies. (Did someone say chocolate?!)

Joshua Tree National Park  (Drive to Palm Springs, and keep on going)

  • Go for: Joshua trees in bloom, and don’t miss Skull Rock!
  • Distance from downtown San Diego: About 4 hours.
  • Insider tip: Spend the night under Joshua Tree’s legendary starry skies.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (Lancaster, CA – northeast of Los Angeles)

  • Go for: A sea of orange wildflowers!
  • Distance from downtown San Diego: About 4.5 hours.
  • Insider tip: Check the website before you go for a bloom status update.

Super Bloom beats Polar Vortex any day!

Sources:
http://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/californias-spring-2017-wildflower-forecast
https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm
https://www.parks.ca.gov