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Last weekend, travel4food asked for the best wildflower viewing spots in California.  Bob Wick, amateur photographer and BLM wilderness specialist, shared these photos and the following information for @travel4food.

The flowers start in the desert as early as February and don’t peak in the Bodie Hills until July.  I would suggest:

  • In the desert, Amboy Crater along old Route 66 in March, and Short Canyon near Ridgecrest in late March/early April
  • In Central California, Carrizo Plain National Monument in March-early April, Merced River Canyon in March, and Bodie Hills in June-July
  • In Northern California, Sacramento River Bend area in March-April, and King Range National Conservation Area in March-early June

The bloom is early this year based on the warm weather and dry conditions, so Northern California and the coast will be the better spots for the remainder of the year. The dunes and higher elevations will be blooming into summer where many of California’s other wildflowers are already done for the year.

Note: Walk on bare sand only to view the plants.

For more wildflower viewing recommendations, check in on April 15th for the monthly #conservationlands15 social media takeover.  The takeover is a 2015 monthly celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.