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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

When Is The Best Time To View Desert Wildflowers?

Below is an interesting question that came via the submit comments link on our website.

Question: I would like to know the location of spring desert cactus blooming and dates when this might occur.

In Utah, various cacti and other desert flowers begin blooming in April in the low areas around St George. At higher elevations the bloom continues through May and into June.

Where is the best area to view blossoms, and when is the peak? That's subjective. In my opinion, Zion National Park is prime during April and May.

The Zion Field Institute sponsors field trips to view wildflowers on April 10 & 25, going into the lowest areas in Zion Park (where blossoms appear the earliest).

As spring progresses, the bloom moves to higher elevations. On May 15 the Institute has a field trip to see blossoms in the Kolob Canyons area, which is a mid-elevation area in the park.

In May, blossoms will be great throughout southern Utah desert areas, including Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase, Lake Powell/Glen Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches and other areas.

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