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...The desert is resilient and will do its best to impress while propagating the species.
Parks at higher elevations see flowers later in the year, around May, and the blooms 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.
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
See the latest happenings on the Catalina State Park Facebook page.
Lost Dutchman had a great showing last 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! You can also see cactuses starting to bloom, including the majestic saguaros.
Preview some of the blooms that are on display during the spring on the Lost Dutchman State Park Facebook page.
Picacho Peak is arguably one of the best spots to see blooming wildflowers in Arizona, with bushels of incredible golden blooms around the base of the mountain and campgrounds.
Preview the wildflowers on display on the Picacho Peak State Park Facebook page.
Red Rock rests at a higher elevation, so their wildflower season usually begins in May and continues through mid-June, as long as moisture levels remain high. Due to above average winter precipitation and temperatures, many early spring annual plants may sprout early. Take a peek at what's sprouting on the Red Rock State Park Facebook page.
You can always contact the parks by phone to sees what blooms have made their appearance! February is the earliest wildflowers will start to bloom, and often they wait until March. The season depends on precipitation and temperature, so you never know what you'll see!