The desert often brings up thoughts of dry, barren land and scorching heat. Rarely do we think of lush colorful wildflowers. Due to heavier than usual rain this winter, the deserts across Southern California are alive with wildflowers and it's a delightful sight.
We took a day trip to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the bloom for ourselves. Across the park you can find Desert Lilies , Dune Evening Primrose, Lupine, Desert Chicory, patches of Sand Verbena, as well as an increasing number of Desert Sunflowers.
Spring blooms have been lacking in recent years because of the drought plaguing the South West. This year the desert is blooming with flowers that haven't been seen in years!
Tip: Due to conditions in the desert, the bloom won't last long. Head to the park early in the morning if you are planning to check out the wildflowers in person. Traffic is very heavy in the afternoon and the flowers tend to close up in afternoon heat.