Spring. It’s the time of year I look forward to. And here’s the reason: from mid-March until mid-May the wildflowers bloom, sprinkling the hillsides and valleys with brilliance. A perfect place to admire this spectacle is California’s largest state park, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Located on the eastern side of San Diego County and spilling into Imperial and Riverside counties, there are 600,000 acres to explore, hike, camp and photograph. Not only will you see plants and vegetation, but you may catch a glimpse of the many wildlife species such as bighorn sheep, golden eagle, and desert iguana.
You’ll first want to stop at the Anza-Borrego Visitors Center to pick up a map, get directions or peruse the museum. For up-to-the-minute reports on wildflower status for Anza Borrego and other parks and reserves such as Mohave and Death Valley, check out Desert USA (source of photos above).
More information: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Phone: 760-767-4684 Anza Borrego Wildflower hotline (recorded updates)