Wildflower Season

Arizona in Bloom

February showers make March wildflowers in the desert parks and create yet another reason to explore this beautiful state! During years of average and above average precipitation, it seems every direction you look there's beautiful yellow, red, orange, blue, or purple flowers throughout the landscape. Try not to be discouraged during the dry years though...The desert is resilient and will do it's best to impress while propagating the species.

Parks at higher elevations see flowers later in the year, around May, and will last well into the summer. There's typically more rainfall up north which equates to more beautiful northern Arizona flowers. The contrast of vibrant flowers against the backdrop of green is a sight to behold, so get your camera, comfortable outdoor shoes, and plenty of water and enjoy the rich colors across the state.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson is a botanical wonderland and a sure bet for viewing spring blooms. In fact, this may be your best bet to see the vibrant Arizona spring colors in action! A huge variety of different wildflowers can be seen throughout the park and surrounding areas of Sonoran desert.. The cacti are also starting to bloom and provide great contrast to the drab desert background with their colorful display! Keep up with the local wildflowers 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 than Lost Dutchman, Picacho Peak and other Sonoran desert areas throughout Arizona. Catalina is fed by snow melt through two large washes which brings cooler temperatures, and often, later blooms. This is actually quite convienient for visitors hoping to extend their wildflower season! Cactuses and flowers will both lag behind traditional  

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

Wildflower season at Cattail Cove may have ended, but there's still plenty to see and do in the park. See what's coming up on the Cattail Cove State Park Facebook page.

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.