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Best Places to See Wildflowers Around the United States

Snow and cold got you down? Remember, spring is around the corner, and that means wildflowers

A dog sitting in a field of wildflowers in California's Anza Borrego Desert State Park. (© Don Paulson/SuperStock/Corbis)
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Anza-Borrego State Park, California

Peak Bloom: Early March

Primary Flower: Desert wildflowers

Anza-Borrego State Park, located east of San Diego, is the largest state park in California, housing 12 separate wilderness areas and 500 miles of dirt roads. The park is primarily desert, but that doesn't mean it isn't home to some incredible wildflowers—when conditions are just right, the desert bursts into a colorful landscape of yellow, purple and red. The bloom lasts only a few weeks, and is highly dependent on precipitation and temperature—this year, it began in late February, due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Wildflowers native to Anza-Borrega include the desert sunflower, which is blooming now for the first time in several years, the yellow desert dandelion and desert lavender. In recent years, the invasive Sahara Mustard plant has threatened Anza-Borrego's native wildflowers—visitors are encouraged to pick the weed if they see it growing.

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