For nature lovers, this year’s desert wildflower season promises to be one of the best in recent memory thanks to significant winter rainfall in the region according to Travel + Leisure magazine.
“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.”
From late February through mid-April, California’s deserts including the area surrounding Emerald Desert RV Resort will be in full bloom! Book your stay now to experience an explosion of color in the form of such beautiful wildflowers as the Spanish Needle, Chuparosa, Arizona Lupin, Purple Mat, and Desert Dandelion.
To help you plan your quest for the very best desert bloom, the Emerald Desert team has put together the following summary of popular wildflower viewing areas:
Museum Trail (located 13 minutes from Emerald Desert)
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.
Tahquitz Canyon (located 13 miles from the resort)
The Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a two-mile loop trail that 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.
Indian Canyons (located 15 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.
Tramway Road (located 16 miles from the resort)
Tramway Road is a major gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument traversing the south side of the Coachella Valley – officially designated a treasured natural and cultural resource.
Snow Creek Road (located 17 miles from the resort)
The Snow Creek area extends from Windy Point to Fingal’s Finger at the western end of the San Jacinto Mountain Range. This area supports a varied and unique ecosystem with many endangered plant and animal species.
Oswit Canyon (located 36 miles from the resort)
Hike through desert flowers at Oswit Canyon. Stay on the flood channel trail to gain easier access to higher areas, or explore the walking paths. A combination of habitats provides much diversity of flowers at Oswit Canyon.
Cactus Spring Trail (located 43 miles from the resort)
Cactus Spring is an important source of water in the Santa Rosa Mountains. It was used by the Cahuilla Indians as an essential watering hole and is today used by hikers traveling in the Santa Rosa Mountains.
To take full advantage of this year’s spectacular desert blooms, be sure to call our office soon at (855) 263-7557 as space is filling up quickly!