17 Best Places To See Spring Wildflowers in Southern California in 2021!

Updated: Mar 27

Where to See Wildflowers Near Los Angeles?

Spring is almost here and wildflowers are starting to bloom! We have curated a great list of locations known for spectacular annual displays of spring wildflowers in Southern California, which are not crowded, and you can visit safely with social distancing.

You can also check the status of the blooms for many of the locations before you start your journey. Keep on reading and find the best place near where you live to see the beautiful wildflowers!

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Peak season for wildflowers are usually between Mid February to Mid May, but can vary based on rainfall amount and temperatures, so we highly encourage you to contact each location before visiting to check on the status of the blooms.

Best Places To See Spring Wildflowers in SoCal:

Point Mugu State Park

9000 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 457-8143

Point Mugu State Park features five miles of ocean shoreline, with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts.

There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails. The park includes the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. The wildflower display along the Backbone Trail is absolutely breathtaking in Spring.

Although this park is open to local residents, you need to follow some rules during the pandemic.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

916 Silver Spur Rd, #207

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Email: info@pvplc.org

(310) 541-7613

On the Palos Verdes Peninsula, wildflowers bloom year-round, but like most Southern California locations, March and April are peak months. You may see fiddlenecks on the east side of the Chandler Preserve, where monarch butterflies hang out, as well as deerweed, poppies and more. Lupines can be seen at White Point Nature Preserve, while hiking the Mariposa, Flying Mane and Basalt trails in Palos Verdes Nature Preserve will lead you to red paintbrush. You should also find blooms of California bush sunflower, mariposa lilies and wild hyacinth across the peninsula.

Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

15101 Lancaster Road

Lancaster, CA 93536


Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.

Although this park is open to local residents, you need to follow some rules during the pandemic.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is very dry as of February 18, 2021, and outlook for poppies is below average. If want to check on the progress of the bloom at the Poppy Reserve, you can monitor the wildflower's via their live webcam.

Hungry Valley SVRA

Gold Hill Road near N Peace Valley Road

Gorman, CA 93243


The wildflowers of Tejon Pass are world renown for their color and abundance. In spring, California Poppies, Goldfields, Lupine, Tidy Tips and other flowers turn the grassy hillsides brilliant shades of orange, yellow and purple. During wildflower season, Hungry Valley SVRA has a self-guided tour route that begins at the Visitor Center and is marked by distinctive blue and white flower signs. (Download the PDF version of the wildflower tour map.)

Although this park is open, you need to follow some rules during the pandemic.

Chino Hills State Park

4721 Sapphire Rd.

Chino Hills, CA 91709


Every season brings an unusually colorful variety of plants and flowers, offering home to plenty of nesting birds. Coyotes, deer, bobcats and other mammals are also often seen in the woodlands, scrub and grasslands. Call before you go to check the status of wildflowers.

Although this park is open, you need to follow some rules during the pandemic.

Saddleback Butte State Park

East Avenue J and 170th Street East

Lancaster, CA 93535

(661) 946-6092

The best time to catch the wildflower is in the springtime (February through May) when wildflowers are apt to put on a beautiful display of color. Saddleback Butte State Park is also home to many once-abundant desert species such as coyotes and kit foxes, desert tortoises, jack rabbits, cottontail rabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, many kinds of snakes and lizards, and the occasional badger or skunk.

Although this park is open, you need to follow some rules during the pandemic.

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Carlsbad Flower Fields

5704 Paseo Del Norte

Carlsbad, CA 92008


The blooming of 50-acres of ranunculus flowers at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad is a must see this Spring! Carlsbad Flower Fields will be open this Spring from March 1st through May 9th. You need to reserve your tickets in advance online. This year, you can also enjoy a 2-Acre U-Pick Blueberry Patch either as part of your Flower Fields visit. Tickets start at $15 per adult and $5 for kids. Prices vary on weekdays and weekends.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

17495 Soda Lake Rd.

California Valley, CA 93453


Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best kept secrets in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, the Carrizo Plain offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. When conditions are right, numerous wildflowers can carpet the valley floor; although short lived it can be breathtaking. For more information about the status of the blooms, please visit their website or contact the park at 805-475-2035.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

200 Palm Canyon Dr.

Borrego Springs, CA 92004


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is known for Desert Gold Poppies, Phacelia, and a variety of tiny belly flowers, which start making their appearance near the Visitor Center and on low rocky hillsides. For information on this year's blooms, you can call our Wildflower Hotline at 760-767-4684 as no information is still available for 2021. The park, however, is open and you can visit the park with some rules.

Paramount Ranch

2903 Cornell Rd.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Wildlife sightings and wildflower-viewing might include red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron and deer. Stroll through Western Town and enjoy a shaded picnic area. This real-life motion picture set is altered slightly with each production, yet retains a Western motif. For more information about wildflower blooms, please call 805-370-2301 or visit their website.

Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr.

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5522

Wildflowers may begin blooming in the lower elevations of the Pinto Basin and along the park's south boundary in February and at higher elevations in March and April. Desert regions above 5,000 feet may have plants blooming as late as June. Before visiting, please check the status of the blooms here.

Death Valley National Park

328 Greenland Blvd.

Death Valley, CA 92328

(760) 786-3200

The opportunity to a spectacular wildflower show is a big draw to Death Valley. About once a decade the park can experience carpets of wildflowers known as a superbloom, which is a very rare but amazing sight! Even on normal bloom years, early spring months can bring smaller pockets of flowers to the desert floor, and later to the mid- and high-elevations. You can check the status of the blooms here.

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Catalina Island Conservancy

708 Crescent Ave.

Avalon, CA 90704

(310) 510-2595

Wildflower season on Catalina is generally during the months of February to May. If you like plants, in bloom or not, you'll find Catalina a wonderful adventure. The Island, just off the coast from Long Beach in Southern California, is one of only a few Mediterranean regions in the world. There's a rich and abundant plant life here to explore, including some rare endemic species. The best way to explore the plant life on Catalina is by scheduling a naturalist guided open-air Jeep Eco Tour by calling (310) 510-2595 ext. 108.

Channel Islands National Park

1901 Spinnaker Drive

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 658-5730

The park is home to over 800 plant species. During a normal year of rainfall, the islands are green and wildflowers reach peak bloom around late winter and spring. The brilliant yellow coreopsis flowers usually peak between late January through March. The best viewing of these flowers occurs on Santa Barbara, Anacapa, and San Miguel Islands. For more information about specific island wildflower viewing, click here.

Pinnacles National Park

5000 Highway 146

Paicines, CA 95043

(831) 389-4486

The peak blooming season at Pinnacles is from March through May, when over 80 percent of the park’s plants are in bloom. Depending on rainfall and temperature, flowers continue into June or, in a really wet year, into July. Manzanita, milkmaids, shooting stars, and Indian warriors are the most common early bloomers in January and February. By March, bush poppies and buck brush are the dominant flowering shrubs, along with forbs such as California poppies, fiddleneck, peppergrass, filaree, fiesta flower, monkeyflower, and baby blue-eyes.

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Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

Santa Barbara County, California


The Figueroa Mountain recreation area lies thirty minutes north of Los Olivos. At Figueroa Mountain recreation area you will be treated to a panoramic view of San Rafael Wilderness and the Santa Ynez Valley, and spectacular wildflower displays. Springtime (February through April) on Figueroa is a season of fantastic flower displays. Late March brings out the early blooming specimens such as purple shooting stars. Later arrivals on the mountain include chocolate lilies, and the scarlet Indian paintbrush.

Mojave National Preserve

2701 Barstow Road

Barstow, CA 92311

(760) 252-6100

Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas. Singing sand dunes, cinder cone volcanoes, a large Joshua tree forest, and carpets of spring wildflowers are all found within this 1.6-million-acre park. Every few years comes an abundance of rain and there results such a wealth of blossoms that almost every foot of sand or gravelly soil is hidden beneath a blanket of flowers. While the magical Mojave wildflower show is not an annual event, a few well-timed soaking storms will produce a memorable spring wildflower bloom. You can check the status of the blooms here.

For more information on where to find Wildflowers in Southern California and to check the status of the blooms for different locations, visit DesertUSA.Com.

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