Where to see the Superbloom in 2023

We have the pleasure of having our office surrounded by beautiful yellow and orange hills thanks to this year’s superbloom. In this post we’ll cover what the superbloom is, where to see it, and important things to remember when admiring this unique occurrence.

What is the Superbloom

The superbloom is a rare and marvelous botanical phenomenon that occurs every couple of years. With the right combination of rain, sunshine, and wind, massive fields of wildflowers thrive on the desert landscape. The wildflowers that color the hills include California poppies, lupines, and wild mustard. 

Where to see the Superbloom 

Lake Elsinore is a popular destination to see the spring superbloom. Anybody driving up the 15 freeway can see Walker Canyon’s dazzling orange hillsides. In order to preserve the poppies, Walker canyon in Lake Elsinore is closed. But there are still plenty of other places to see rolling hills of undisturbed flowers.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Just east of San Diego, this state park also features a variety of cactus bloom. The park stretches from San Diego county to Imperial and Riverside counties. Because many of the roads in the 600,000 acre park are primitive or only accessible by foot, it is recommended to rent a 4-wheel drive with high clearance. 

Entrance Sign to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park 

There is no other place on the planet quite like Joshua Tree National Park. You can hike, camp, and rock climb in this one-of-a-kind landscape. Joshua Tree is famous for the thousands of trees by the same name, but it also  is home to thousands of wildflowers that bloom from winter to fall. 

Super-bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Situated in the Mojave desert, this grassland vibrantly displays miles of thriving flowers. The wildflower season generally lasts from February through May. The park has easy trails with wheelchair access and benches. 

Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park

This reserve is located north of the 91 and West of the 71 and has miles and miles of rolling hills painted with California’s flowers. Please note that due to trail conditions, if it is raining only the paved roads are open. Dogs are allowed but this is a rattlesnake habitat so please keep your furry friends and children on the trail.

Things to Remember 

Stay on the Trail

Dense concentration of people walking off-trail can damage or uproot the plants. Off trail travel, whether on foot or vehicle, can cause soils to compress, limiting the availability of air, water, and nutrients to the roots. Please do not sit, lay, or picnic on the delicate flowers.

Do not add to the damage if someone else has started a trail. #DontDoomTheBloom

Bring enough water, use sunblock, and wear sturdy shoes

Southern California shine is no joke. Bring adequate hydration for all (don’t forget your pets), use a sunblock of at least 30 SPF, and bring your best all terrain shoes. 

Take pictures, not Flowers 

California poppies wilt immediately after being picked, reducing the amount of seeds available for the following year. Let flowers live on to be pollinated and disperse seeds. Not only is it wrong to pick the wildflowers, it’s also illegal in many parks to take plants. 

Leave no Trace 

One of the most important outdoor ethics is to “leave no trace” which means to leave minimal impact on the natural environments that we visit. If you walk in with trash, walk out with it.

Park Somewhere Appropriate 

If you need a pass, get a pass. If you’re visiting somewhere without formal parking, leave your vehicle off the trail to avoid crushing and compacting the flora. Also, please don’t park on the freeway as it is unsafe and only for emergencies.

Final Words

Southern California is an amazing place to live, work, and play! We love to showcase all the awesome stuff to see and do close to home. Go out and enjoy the poppies, they only come once a year! 

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