Anza-Borrego Wildflower conditions – 2012

Ron Niebrugge Anza-Borrego, California, Photos, Travel 2 Comments

Font's Point, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Font's Point, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Every year when I get down this way I start getting inquires about the famous desert wildflower bloom – so I thought I would provide an update.  The fact I’m not posting a photo of wildflowers probably says it all.

I have had my running shoes on and have been exploring many of the canyons and past “hot spots” over the last few days.  I have found a few blooms here and there, some chuparosa, a few cactus, desert agave (century plant and lots of oc – just enough options for my workshop this weekend), but by and large, there really aren’t any wildflowers this year.  The sign at the visitor center sums it up well.  The water year begins here on July 1.  For the last two years, the year to date rainfall for this area has been right about 7.5 inches.  This year it sits at just over 2 inches – and about 1/4 of that has fallen since we have arrived which is probably too late.

For those that are adventurous, there are a few wildflowers near water sources, mainly Borrego Palm Canyon and Coyote Canyon.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other things to see and photograph in Anza-Borrego beside just the wildflowers!

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  1. hey, thank you for this useful post. my finance and i are planning a trip for 3rd week in april. do you have any tips for us? i am shutter bug so i was really looking forward to taking some memories of wildflowers, sunsets and rustic desert energy with us. kashif is big into exploring just about anything – especially meditating on rocks . thank you in advance for your help.

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    Hi Dipika,

    I would recommend hiking the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail. Head up above the palm oasis and take in the stream, big rocks, waterfall and try to imaging what it must have been like to survive like the Native American did years ago. Font’s Point is another great place if you have a high clearance vehicle.

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