Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association daily report of 3/15/17
The bloom is excellent now in numerous locations around the Borrego valley. The end of DiGiorgio Road and Coyote Canyon beyond are now in full bloom. There are plenty of flowers right around the end of the asphalt in that location but flowers are at their best a couple of miles in. The road is in excellent shape but this is an area that will likely be congested over this next weekend as lots of people head to Anza-Borrego to see the flowers, so try to get here early. Further to the east, the area north and south of Henderson Canyon Road is in full bloom as well, dominated by a large field of desert sunflowers, with sand verbena and dune evening primrose along the edges.
This will be a “rolling bloom”; different areas, different species, different elevations, as things come into bloom; cacti, shrubs, ocotillo are not in bloom yet. The “Ocotillo forest” area along Borrego Springs road, south of Tilting T, will be spectacular when it comes into bloom, easily viewed from the roadside and that will likely happen in the next week. The entire area is very green. It’s also important to know that the best flower viewing is in the morning. Many flowers close up during the heat of the day.
There was very heavy traffic coming into Borrego Springs over last weekend, particularly on S22 coming through Ranchita and down Montezuma Grade. We expect the coming weekend to be similar. Visiting on weekdays is a good idea if possible. Free flower maps are available in ABDNHA’s Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive. We update the maps daily as reports come in.
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See photos at Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update