Super Bloom Expected to Show Throughout State Parks System

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park may be getting all the attention for wildflower blooms right now, but the entire state is expected to experience a flowering show this year.

Sector Superintendent Kathy Dice shared with the Communications Office, “I’m thinking that nearly every park in California is going to experience a “super bloom.”


Expect beautiful blooms from Tolowa Dunes to Border Field and from Picacho to Great Valley Grasslands state parks and recreation areas, anywhere where adequate rain, open space and sun are working together. After years of drought, wildflowers are getting  rain and more moderate spring temperatures this year. High temperatures dried out the meager bloom in days at many locations in 2016.


Healthy blooms are starting at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve, the park with the system’s longest name and only park created to showcase the state flower.

The Southern California Coast is having a spectacular bloom in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Malibu and Orange Coast.  To the north, Mount Diablo, Henry W .Coe, Pacheco, San Luis Reservoir, Wilder Ranch, Auburn and Lake Oroville state parks and recreation areas are wildflower showcases.

Desert Sunflower2

Overall, visitors can find wildflowers blooms in most state parks with a natural component and the show will continue into the summer at some locations as snow rolls back at Sierra parks. Additionally, many state park web sites have wildflower information available. The department also has a list of great wildflower locations on its “Flowers” web page.

Other wildflower websites include:

Below are some helpful tips for wildflower enthusiasts:

  • Know where to go and have a plan before you arrive.
  • Make sure your equipment and clothing is appropriate for the weather expected.
  • Drink plenty of water prior to your visit to remain hydrated and avoid heat-related emergencies.
  • Walk at a pace that allows you to talk freely. If you are too out of breath to speak, you are probably working too hard. Pay attention to your body. Take breaks or stop exercising if you feel very out of breath, dizzy, nauseated or have pain.
  • Expect traffic, heavy crowds and delays into state parks. Please be patient or consider visiting the park during the week versus the weekend. It may still be busy during the week, but crowds are smaller.

Red Rock Monkeyflower

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