When is the best time to see the desert bloom
Later in Spring, species like the rare Mojave Mound Cactus bloom and will be visible in nearby Joshua Tree National Park. If you are short on time, you can view over 3,000 types of desert plants at the Moorten Botanical Gardens, a private arboretum established in 1938 and loved by residents of Greater Palm Springs for generations.
With the recent California rains, this year’s Desert Bloom is shaping up to be the best it has ever been. Most of the areas are already starting to see the flowers bloom. Experts are getting ready for a busy season with tourist all coming to the region to take in the beauty of the desert.
“Good rains in both December and January have annual plants germinating in the flower fields north of town, and along trails in western canyons,” the state park announced this week. “Desert Lily plants are springing up in many locations.”
If you are ready to see the magnificent color of the Desert Bloom, then we suggest you start booking today. The months of March and April are peak season for viewing. Discover all the top spots to view this natural beauty below.
Desert Bloom visitor guidelines when you go
- Maintain a safe environment for yourself.
- One may be preoccupied while looking for flowers; so always be on the watch for harmful elements.
- Cactus segments, rattlesnakes, and broken glass may be underfoot while you are searching out a new flower to identify.
- Before getting close to a flower, survey the surrounding area for objects that could harm you.
- Touching wildflowers often results in getting fine spines embedded in fingertips so it’s better to use a hand lens for those close-up looks.
- All cacti have spines, keep your distance when viewing those colorful blossoms.
- Make it a safe environment for the native flora and fauna!
- Stay on the roadside, trails or disturbed wash environments so as to not cave in rodent holes and damage newly emerging herbage.
- Picking flowers prevent the seeds from developing into the wildflowers of next season, take pictures instead.
- Above all, leave no trace of your visit.
Here are our three top spots to see the desert bloom
The Museum Trail rises above the city of Palm Springs and offers spectacular views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs Museum Trail intersects the North Lykken trail, and you can hike down into Chino Canyon.
» Museum Trail is located 13 miles from the resort
The Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a two-mile loop trail which leads to Tahquitz Falls and back. From the Visitor Center to the falls you will be gaining 350 feet in elevation. The trail is steep and rocky including rock steps to climb.
» Tahquitz Canyon is located 13 miles from the resort
The Indian Canyons are located at the end of South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Three canyons offer well-established trails and provide a variety of terrain, including native desert fan palm oasis. Guided tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
» Indian Canyons is 15 miles from the resort