Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 7, 2011

Best Colorado Wildflower Websites And Books

Everything You Need To Know About Colorado Wildflowers: Locations, Hikes, Floras and Field Guides

Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers (each year there is a section with postings for what is now in bloom)
(resources for wildflower hunting in Colorado including)

  • Wildflowers in Colorado identification tools
  • Wildflower Pictures from Colorado

Eastern Colorado Wildflowers

  • photographs and information for over 525 plant species growing east of the Continental Divide in Colorado.

Colorado Native Plant Society

  • Plant Lists (statewide, regional and local)
  • Plant Keys
  • Fieldtrips

Rocky Mountain Region U.S. Forest Service Viewing Areas in Colorado

  • Boreas Pass – Pike National Forest
  • Clark Ridge – White River National Forest
  • David Canyon Road – Comanche National Grassland
  • Embargo Creek – Rio Grande National Forest
  • Grand Mesa Visitor Center Wildflower Garden – Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Mosca Pass – San Isabel National Forest
  • Mt. Goliath – Mt. Evans – Arapaho National Forest
  • Pikes Peak – Pike National Forest
  • Priests Lake – San Juan National Forest and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests
  • Shelf Lake Trail – Pike National Forest
  • West Elk Scenic Byway – Gunnison National Forest

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival:

Wildflower Hikes in Colorado Hiking by

Books on Wildflower Hikes

  • Colorado’s Best Wildflower Hikes Vol 1: The Front Range Pamela D. Irwin (author)
  • Colorado’s Best Wildflower Hikes Vol 2: The High Country Pamela D. Irwin (Author), David Harlan Irwin (Photographer)
  • Colorado’s Best Wildflower Hikes: VOL 3 The San Juans (Colorado’s Best Wildflower HikesPamela D. Irwin (Author), David Irwin (Photographer)
  • Colorado’s Newest and Best Wildflower Hikes: Boulder, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park, Vail Pamela Irwin (Author), David Irwin (Photographer)

Field Guides and Flora of Colorado Wildflowers (books and websites)

  • Colorado Flora: Eastern & Western Slopes William A. Weber (Author), Ronald C. Whittmann (Author)
  • Rocky Mountain Flora James Ells (author)
  • Guide to Colorado Wildflowers, Volume 1, Plains and Foothills G.K. Guennel (author)
  • Guide to Colorado Wildflowers, Volume 2, Mountains G.K. Guennel (author)
  • The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Western Region Richard Spellenberg (author)
  • Northern Colorado Plants: A Field Guide to the Flora of the Northern Front Range Urban Corridor Alix Gadd (author)
  • Wild About Wildflowers: Extreme Botanizing in Crested Butte, Wildflower Capitol of Colorado Kathleen Darrow (author)
  • Flora of the San Juans: A field Guide to the Mountain Plants of  Southwestern Colorado Susan Komarek (author)
  • A Guide to Colorado’s Best Photography Locations Andy Cook and Shar Scofield (authors) (guide to wildflower, fall foliage and landscape photographic locations)
  • Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, Ferns and Trees:
  • Eastern Colorado Wildflowers:
  • Colorado State University Herbarium Database:

 Articles on Wildflower Viewing In Colorado

Wildflower Hikes and Trips around the State

  • Alpine Loop Scenic Byway
  • Rabbit Valley Recreation Area
  • Cathy Fromme Prairie
  • Willow Creek Trail – Roxborough State Park

 Colorado Wildflower Meadows

  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park
  • Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
  • Hessie Trail

Crested Butte Wildflower Article on Natural History Wanderings

San Juan Mountains Wildflowers

Before the Summer Ends, Take Time to Look At Colorado Wildflower in Front Range Living

Best Wild Flower Hike in Colorado at

Leadville Weekend Part 3: Mayflower Gulch to Gold Hill Wildflower Hike

The Decline of Rocky Mountain Wildflowers
(Article on the effects of Climate Change on wildflower bloom)

suggestions and additions welcome


  1. has 5,000 photographs of 1,000 species of plants of Colorado and nearby states. Detailed species descriptions, glossary, biographies of naturalists, range maps for each species, etc. Online since 2001 and supported by the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.


    • Thanks I have added it to the Colorado Wildflower page


  2. The website
    organizes pictures of hundreds of wildflowers in several ways: by common name, genus, family, color and location.


  3. The web site has photos and information for over 550 Colorado wildflower species east of continental divide. This includes alpine to plains.


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