Blooming Arizona: Where to See Wildflowers

AZ Wildflowers

Washington, D.C. may be known for its cherry blossoms in the spring, but you do not need to go that far to see vibrant colors right now!


Wildflower season is in full swing right here in our own Arizona backyard.

Festivals and spring training are hugely popular in the valley this time of year, but the colors of the desert are calling your name.

“You have everything from fuchsia, bright pink, orange, purple, blues and lupines,” Sarah Steele from Arizona State Parks and Trails said.

Steele said beautiful blooms are less than a one-hour drive from the Valley.

Lost Dutchman State Park is a great place to see lots of yellow poppies right now.

Picacho Peak, which is off of Interstate 10 on the way to Tucson, is another spot to see spring sprouting in the desert, Steele said.

Keep heading south to see more wildflowers at Catalina State Park.

Steele says once temperatures are consistently in the 90-degree range, the blooms will start to fade and you will have to head farther north.

“I really like Flagstaff and come June and July, you see a lot of really beautiful flowers on the mountains.”

Steele said not only is it a great time to see flowers, but you may even run into some of our friends waking up after winter.

“This is a great time for wildlife, too, we have a lot of stuff coming out of hibernation, becoming more active.”

To get more information on state parks in Arizona and wildflowers, visit

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