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Worth Seeing: Where to Admire Wildflowers in Southern California

Now is the perfect time to plan a family trip to the beautiful Southern California countryside to see the magnificent spring bloom. Wildflowers are already blooming and it is very beautiful, writes MomsLA.

Poppy Sanctuary in the Antelope Valley. Photo: Shutterstock

According to the California State Parks Department, the low rainfall this winter has become an important factor - you shouldn't expect a lot of bloom. End-of-season rains can help, but there won't be super blooms like in previous seasons. However, the flowers are still beautiful.

On the California Parks website has the most recent information on the blooming of spring wildflowers - and they even have a webcam for a virtual check of the bloom status in Antelope Valley.

Where to see wildflowers and spring blooms in Southern California

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

In the Flower Fields you will find flowers of all kinds. Children will also love Santa's playground, the sweet pea labyrinth and, for an additional fee, riding on an old tractor cart under the open sky. Please visit the website for information on upcoming special events. The fields are open daily (from 9:00 to 18:00) from March 1 to May 9, tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Poppy Sanctuary in Antelope Valley

15101 Lancaster Rd., Lancaster, CA

Here you will find "California's most consistently flowering poppy fields." In addition, visitors can see the flowering of phacelia, forget-me-nots and other beautiful flowers. Remember, poppies open from mid-morning to noon or evening, and they are unlikely to open at low temperatures. There are hiking trails and the Jane Pinheiro Information Center (open March 1st through Mother's Day).

Anza-Borrego-Desert State Park

200 Palm Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Anza Borrego Desert is the largest state park in California. Check the website before heading there to determine bloom status and park facility openings.

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Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Two distinct desert ecosystems, Mojave and Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. Wildflowers now bloom at certain altitudes, and in desert high-altitude regions they will bloom in June. Be sure to visit the website for the latest updates and information on the activities on offer at the park, including hiking and bird watching.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

17495 Soda Lake Rd., California Valley, CA 93453

North of Los Angeles, in the Central Valley, you'll find the Carrizo Plaine National Monument, sometimes referred to as "one of California's best kept secrets." Families will see Lake Soda, one of the dominant geographic features in the area. Wildflowers tend to "cover the valley floor" and are well worth seeing. Be aware that the Carrizo Plain is in a more remote area and there are no services (water, food, fuel) nearby. Check the website before visiting.

Catalina Island

Boat ride departing from San Pedro and / or Long Beach.

It is worth a trip to Catalina to admire the wildflowers. The Catalina Conservancy recommends taking a tour of these places to see and feel the beauty of this bloom. The wildflower season usually lasts until May.

Death Valley National Park

(There is no specific address, but many GPS users successfully use the address of the nearest post office which is 328 Greenland Blvd., Death Valley, CA 92328)

Although Death Valley is known for its extreme temperatures and acclaimed as "the hottest, driest, and lowest located national park," wildflowers can be seen throughout the park. According to eyewitnesses, the spectacle resembles "a sea of ​​gold, purple, pink or white flowers." Check the website for more information on wildflowers blooming.

Point Mugu State Park

9000 W. Pacific Coast highway, Malibu, CA 90265

This park is a great place to visit all year round. It is located in the Santa Monica Mountains with a long coastline and incredible views. This scenic location offers plenty to do, including watching wildflowers bloom, hiking and swimming.

Paramount Ranch

2903 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

In the 1920s, Paramount Pictures acquired the Las Virgines Ranch to use as a "movie ranch." In 1980, the National Park Service revived part of the territory. Today you can admire wildflowers on the same land that was used as a backdrop for many films and TV shows. Kids will love the real Western City, and families will appreciate the places to enjoy a nice relaxing picnic.

Eton Canyon Nature Reserve

1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107

At the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains is the Eton Canyon Natural Area. Here you can enjoy picnic areas, hiking trails and wildflowers. Closer to Los Angeles, the area can get a little crowded. The nature center also offers animal exhibitions, bird walks, nature walks and more.

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Linden Chandler Game Reserve

Palos Verdes Dr. N. and Dapple Gray Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

It is part of the Palos Verdes Nature Reserve. Chandler Wildlife Sanctuary has been described as a place for family fun and wildflower watching. You can see many local wildflowers and shrubs, as well as small wildlife. Try spotting the endangered blue butterfly Palos Verdes while walking through the nature reserve.

Malibu Bluffs Park Playground

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

At Malibu Bluffs Open Space, families will love the majestic ocean views, multiple trails, wildlife watching and spring wildflowers. It also adjoins Malibu Bluffs Park, which has baseball courts, toilets and a children's playground.

Wildflower Hill

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, CA 91352

The Theodore Payne Foundation has a nursery, a demonstration garden, a picnic area, a seed and book store, and Wildflower Hill. This is a trail that is ideal for leisurely walks, bird watching, wildlife and flower watching. If you notice something that you cannot identify, take a picture and ask one of the cattery's sellers to help identify it.

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