Winter has flown by and spring is fast approaching! Photographers are rejoicing as they prepare for the spring wildflowers in the Sonoran desert of Arizona! Many people don’t think of the desert as a place to witness the beauty of flowers, but it’s actually one of the most picturesque and satisfying sightseeing opportunities in the southwest! There are a handful of locations where wildflower viewing is prime; So, grab your macro lens and tripod, hop in the car, and start with Superstition Mountain!
Tonto National Forest is home to some incredible flower species, from Mexican Poppies to Mojave Lupines to Apache Plumes. The Lost Dutchman State Park, about 40 miles outside of Phoenix, begins several hikes into the “forest” for limitless opportunities for photographing these colorful desert gems! The Native Plant Trail is an easy hike for optimal viewing, with the jagged peaks of Superstition Mountain in the background.
Make sure you visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the oldest and largest botanical garden in Arizona. Located in Superior, AZ, the gardens are meticulously kept and offer guided wildflower walks. Here you will see Elderberries, marigolds, London rockets, and purple bladderpods, just to name a few. Desert wishbones and golden wallflowers welcome visitors in March and April, when the spring bloom is in full effect.
The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix is a also must-see for the springtime flora and fauna of the blooming desert! The ground are extremely well-kept and visitors will enjoy a bounty of floral and plant varieties. Plan to spend at least two hours witnessing Mother Nature display her colorful majesty! These are just some of the fantastic viewing locations for wildflowers in the Phoenix metro area. Don’t forget that Flagstaff and Tucson have spring wildflowers, as well. Blooms occur in Spring and Summer. Our severe winter drought will influence our wildflower expectancy this spring, but reports are nevertheless showing beautiful floral displays. March and April are peak for spring wildflowers, so grab your camera, get in your car and witness the spectacle that is DESERT WILDFLOWERS!