Thursday, 07 March 2019 19:48

The Coachella Valley Desert Wildflower Season has Begun

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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This winter's harsh weather may have you thinking that spring will never arrive. Rains, flooding and even snow have created a surprisingly lush wildflower season in the desert. Here are a few areas in the Coachella Valley for unsurpassed wildflower viewing.

The Coachella Wildflower Festival

For the past 12 years, the Coachella Wildflower Festival has drawn crowds to Palm Desert. Hosted in Palm Desert's Civic Center Park, the festival offers many events. From beer and wine gardens to kids activities and all-ages wildflower hikes, there is at least one activity everyone in your party can enjoy. Hosted by Friends of the Desert Mountains, you and your group can take bus tours to view flowers while enjoying the company of other flower enthusiasts. One of the festival organizers expects wildflower tourists will be impressed with the sheer amount of blooms and surprised by their off-the-beaten-path locations. The rain has prompted massive growth and the wind has spread seeds in areas that haven't sprouted in decades or more. Even if you aren't attending for the first time, you will find attractions that surprise you.

Coachella Valley Wildlife Preserve

If your idea of wildflower watching doesn't include crowds and festivals, then a trip to the trails is in order. The Coachella Valley Wildlife Preserve offers a variety of trails that are suited for beginners as well as trail enthusiasts. Some of the trails have been in bloom since December. Now the weather is pristine. It isn't too hot or too wet. For a nice day hike, the preserve is worth checking out.

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

For hikers longing to see wildflowers backed by majestic views, then the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is the perfect spot. Easily accessible from the Coachella Valley, the wilderness area boasts dramatic mountain views, a nature trail and what visitors describe as "magnificent palm oases." Even if you arrive to late to view the flowers, this spot is an area full of unique foliage and flora.

The wildflower season has just begun so take advantage of the cool weather and the brilliant desert flowers. Between early March and mid-June, you will bound to be delighted by the sand, sun and petals.

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