Click here for the most recent Wildflower Update from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Photo by Ernie Cowan

Thousands of visitors come to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park each year to enjoy the beauty of unique and captivating desert wildflowers in bloom. With 92 different plant families, 346 genera and hundreds of flowering species, there is quite the variety of flora to discover!

How many wildflowers will you be able to locate and identify on your next spring trip to ABDSP? Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center or the State Park Store for wildflower guides and books.

Many environmental factors determine when, how many and which blooms will appear in any given season. The unique combination of sun, rain, temperature and wind set the stage for the springtime arrival of wildflowers. So, when is the best time to experience this phenomenon? That is one of the most frequently asked questions at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! It is very difficult to answer with any certainty, as each year’s conditions can vary greatly. The second week of March is often the peak of the wildflower bloom; however, all conditions must be perfect for the carpets of flowers you often see in the media. 

Photo by Paul Johnson

Here are a few ways you can get information about this year's bloom:

1. Sign up for ABF’s email updates to receive communication about the bloom.

2. Check Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's website for wildflower updates.

3. Call the Wildflower Hotline: (760) 767-4684


For a schedule of guided wildflower walks, visit our events calendar.