A first glimpse at the 2017 wildflowers in Anza Borrego

Last weekend we drove down to Borrego Springs to see how the wildflowers in the desert are doing this year. For weeks, people have been talking about a potential “super bloom” in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, since it was a very wet winter and the last storm at the end of February alone brought up to 1.5 inches (~40mm) of rain to the desert.

We went to “the usual spot” along Henderson Canyon road at first and things were nice, but not quite there yet. The Desert Lilies are doing really well this year it seems, there were a lot of them out already.

The photos below only how what’s at Henderson Canyon Road and near the visitor center (which was really insanely busy, there’s no other word for it), but essentially, the entire valley of Borrego Springs is incredibly green and absolutely gorgeous.

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2 thoughts on “A first glimpse at the 2017 wildflowers in Anza Borrego”

  1. There is an area of grassland hills on the east side of that entire Lake Henshaw Valley which is one of the largest California Poppy areas I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t always come out every year, but I’m thinking this might be a strong blooming explosion after so many years of drought and suddenly triple the amount of rain. There is an old Boy Scout Camp called, Kamp Mataguay, on Mataguay Road, That should take you east into those hills. Even from the road looking way into the distance, the region is usually solid bright organge with splashes of purple from Owl’s Clover. That would be a good spot to explore anyway.


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