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5 Best Places to See Wildflowers in Southern California

Maya Pillai Jun 17, 2019
Spring in Southern California means a spread of wildflowers of all hues and shades. To catch the colorful blooms you should consider taking a day trip to one of the spots where you can enjoy the blissful scenery of a blanket of colorful wildflowers. Wild blooms need adequate rain to display a carpet of colorful flowers.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Every spring, this reserve comes alive with varying intensity of colors and blooms of the Mojave Desert Grassland Habitat. The wild bloom season usually lasts from mid February to May.
A memorable experience for all hikers as this wonderful place has 8 miles of trails along the scenic rolling hills. There are benches along the trail where you can relax and gaze at the mosaic of colors or look out for wildlife such as gopher snakes, lizards, larks and others.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

This is the largest state park in California. In spring you get to see the dry desert floors blanketed with various hues of purple flowers. Once you reach the park, visit the park's visitor center to talk to the ranger about the best spots.
Some of the flowers you get to see are the Brown-eyed Evening Primrose, Desert Sunflowers, Desert Lilies and many desert wild flowers that are native to California.

Malibu Creek State Park

This reserve is a hiker's paradise. The wild blooms of various hues can be seen from March onward. Hiking, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding are some of the activities visitors can consider. You can see California Poppies and Purple Lupin in abundance here.

Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore

You get to see the brightest orange poppies here. The blooming season is from February through April. During the weekends, you can park your vehicle near the mall's parking and a take a shuttle to Walker.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park

This park is a nature lover's paradise. The Park has trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Here you can get access to the Anaheim Hills to see the spectacular view of the wildflowers. However, you are not allowed to pluck even a single wildflower.