#NATUREALERT: The Super Guide to the 2019 Wildflower Super Bloom
Pack your bags—a Super Bloom has begun in the west and will likely occur for the next couple months with waves of new color as each species takes its turn. Experts are forecasting this will be one of the most epic Super Blooms in decades! While getting outside is always awesome, timing your adventures for maximum super blooming is equal parts art, science, and luck. But no worries—we’ve got you covered with this Super Guide to the Super Bloom. We’ll be updating this post with breaking floral developments, and of course—book your campsite now to get the best spots!
Seeing the Super Bloom with Hipcamp
Get stoked — witness the flower power of Super Bloom in California with this trip report from Hipcamper, Ezekiel Gonzalez’s tour of the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park followed by camping at The Desert Pensione, The Joshua Tree Bom, CA.
“Seeds stored in the desert sands for 5, 10, or even 30 years have responded to the wetter-than-average conditions creating carpets of yellow, white and purple flowers,” says Cameron Barrows, associate research ecologist at the University of California: Riverside. “The cause is a combination of the timing and amount of rain. The conditions are just right across much of California and the West.”So, if you don’t want to suffer from a bout of floral FOMO, here are a few tips and reasons to check out the 2019 Super Bloom, and beyond.
First Off, Here’s Where to Go
Please uphold Hipcamp’s value to #LeaveItBetter and also the Leave No Trace 7Principles. If flowers are crushed they cannot re-seed for the next season, so it’s crucial that all visitors stay on trail.
Get out there this weekend! Check out the latest #superbloom posts on Instagram to help direct your voyage and if the date of the photo isn’t shared, consider commenting on the post to ask when the photo was from. Find more tips and a note about how to #LeaveNoTrace and #LeaveItBetter, check out Flower Power, 5 Tips for Visiting the 2019 Wildflower Superbloom. Here’s a list of places where you can find flowers the weekend of 3/1/19 in California: • The Southern entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Camp near Joshua Tree National Park. • Lake Elsinore is awash in golden poppies, just off of Interstate 15 and onto Walker Canyon Road. Camp near Lake Elsinore. Beyond California: Blooms have started in Mexico and may spread into Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and are already in Texas. Here’s a photo from Big Bend National Park, from February 17: Going forward, here’s where you’ll have the best shot of seeing this natural wonder, up close and personal.
The Best Wildflower Viewpoints in Southern California (Late-March to Early-May)
The park three and a half hours from Los Angeles (two from San Diego) is known for healthy amounts of wildflowers, blooming in higher elevations, above the desert basin, first. Find an updated wildflower forecast on the website. Find camping near Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
This park close to San Francisco won’t be experiencing a “desert super bloom” due to its climate and geography, but many flowers are beginning to pop up including the exquisite Calypso Orchid. Find camping near Mt. Tamalpais State Park.
The Eastern Sierras are alive with dense beds of wildflowers, come early-spring. And, because of the elevation these flowers bloom at, they tend to stick around longer than super blooms in more arid areas. Find camping near Sierra National Forrest.
Our Favorite Hipcamps Near Super Blooms
Of course, we couldn’t chime in with some of our favorite Hipcamps before capping this off. Here’s a quick rundown on our top fifteen to check out.
Campsites are already being booked. Stay up to date on the latest hot spots to view the bloom by following Hipcamp on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Go forth and (responsibly) frolic in the flowers, gang!