Fire restrictions are in place at the park. Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited. Gas/propane cooking stoves are allowed for cooking only. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited except in an enclosed vehicle.
Arizona is in Bloom
February showers make March wildflowers in the desert parks! Parks at higher elevations see flowers later in the year, around May. So get your camera, comfortable outdoor shoes, and plenty of water and enjoy the rich colors across the state.
Boyce Thompson is a botanical wonderland and a sure bet for viewing spring blooms. Many different wildflowers can be seen throughout the park. The cacti are also starting to bloom! Keep up with the wildflowers on display on the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Facebook page.
Join us at the arboretum for Weekend Wildflower Walks in May!
Catalina State Park
Catalina usually sees a slightly later bloom then Lost Dutchman and Picacho Peak. Snow melt in two large washes flowing down from the mountains bring cooler temperatures, and often, later blooms.
With the changing weather, the wildflowers have gone back to seed, but you can see the saguaros starting to bloom. See the latest happenings on the Catalina State Park Facebook page.
Cattail Cove State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman had a great showing this year of chuparosas, poppies, fiddle necks, globe mallow, chuparosa, brittle bush, desert evening primrose, blue dicks, lupine, ocotillo, chicory, scorpion weed, skeleton weed, jojoba, mormon tea, phacelia, bluebell, and more! But the changing seasons have sent them all back to seed.
Luckily, you can still see our cactuses starting to bloom, including the majestic saguaros. Preview some of the blooms on display on the Lost Dutchman State Park Facebook page.
Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak is warming up, so this year's blooms have gone back underground. We hope to see them again next year!
View the wildflowers on display on the Picacho Peak State Park Facebook page.
Red Rock State Park
Red Rock rests at a higher elevation, so their wildflower season is underway and should through mid-June, as long as moisture levels remain high. Due to above average winter precipitation and temrperatires many early spring annual plants have sprouted early this year. Take a peek at what's sprouting on the Red Rock State Park Facebook page.