With January and February now just a memory, and spring officially in the air, Southern California is rife with beautiful, blooming wildflowers that are unlike any that have been seen in over a decade in this area – and there’s no better place to take in the explosive growth than at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

If you’re looking for a place to capture some fantastic photos, or to just take a nice, colorful stroll, the fields of bright, scented flowers may be a great place to do so over the next couple of weeks. With the “rolling bloom” of the wildflowers this year, different things will be coming into bloom at different times, depending on the area, elevation, and species.

Not sure exactly how long these sights (and scents) will last – or what the traffic heading to and from the park may be like? Before you head out, you can take a look at the wildflower updates page on the Anza-Borrego Desert State Parks’ website by going to: http://www.abdnha.org/pages/03flora/reports/current.htm. You can also pick up a free flower map in the park’s Nature Center, which is located at 652 Palm Canyon Drive.

The park’s website information and flower maps are updated on a daily basis, as reports come in. And, to take part in the Borrego Desert Garden Tour, you can easily purchase your tickets online, too.