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    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Red or Orange Flowers

Butterflyweed

NPS Photo by Sally King

BUTTERFLYWEED (Asclepias tuberosa)
Common in the canyons of the mixed conifer forest and pinon-juniper woodland. Blooms mid-summer (June) in visitor center area and somewhat later (late June - early July) up-canyon.
 
Foothills Paintbrush

NPS Photo by Sally King

FOOTHILLS PAINTBRUSH (Castilleja integra)
Found in the pinon-juniper forest, such as on the Frijolito Loop Trail. Blooms much of the summer.
 
claret cup cactus

NPS Photo by Sally King

CLARET-CUP HEDGEHOG (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)
Common in the pinon-juniper woodland, especially rocky areas. Blooms early summer (late May to early June).
 
Gallardia

NPS Photo by Sally King

FIREWHEEL (Gaillardia pulchella)
Also called Blanket Flower. Can bloom in great profusion in Frijoles Canyon, along the Main Loop Trail. Blooms all summer long, but is most abundant in early summer.
 
Little Red Columbine

NPS Photo by Sally King

LITTLE RED COLUMBINE (Aquilegia tritermata)
Blooms early summer. Can be found in moist canyon bottoms such as Upper Frijoles Canyon.
 
Four-winged Saltbush

NPS Photo by Sally King

FOUR-WING SALTBUSH (Atriplex canescens)
Blooms in late spring, reddish flowers turn yellowish as they develop. Common in the canyons and on the mesas. Deer love to browse on them.

 
Pinedrop

NPS Photo by Sally King

PINEDROP (Pterospora andromedea)
Blooms in mid to late summer. Found under pine trees, mostly in the canyons.
 
Scarlet Bugler

NPS Photo by Sally King

SCARLET BUGLER (Penstemon barbatus)
Blooms in mid to late summer. Attracts hummingbirds. Found in most areas of the park, especially in the riparian zones.
 
Scarlet Gilia

NPS Photo by Sally King

SCARLET GILIA (Ipomopsis aggregata)
Also called Skyrocket, Desert Trumpet. Blooms in early summer and then again late summer into fall. Attracts hummingbirds. Found in the canyons and on the mesas within the park.
 
Scarlet Creeper

NPS Photo by Sally King

SCARLET CREEPER (Ipomoea coccinea)
Also called Star-Glory. Present in abundance only on an intermittent basis. Vines can be numerous in the dwellings along the Main Loop Trail. Blooms in late summer.
 
Globe Mallow

NPS Photo by Sally King

GLOBE MALLOW (Sphaeralcea incana)
Blooms mid to late summer. Found in the pinon-juniper woodland and the Ponderosa pine forest.
 
Pinesap

NPS Photo by Sally King

PINESAP (Monotropa latisquama)
Blooms in late summer. Found in moist canyons and mixed conifer forest.
 
wood lily

photo by sally king

ROCKY MOUNTAIN OR WOOD LILY (lilium umbellatum)
Blooms in mid-summer in wet shadowed canyon areas. Endangered due collection by people. Please don't pick.

 
mountain dandelion

photo by sally king

ORANGE-FLOWERED MOUNTAIN DANDELION (Agoseris aurantiaca)
High mountain meadows like along Cerro Grande Route. Blooms in mid to late summer.

Did You Know?

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawk hatchlings feed on the still living body of a tarantula captured by their mother. The mother tarantula hawk must fight the tarantula and then drag it to a burrow where she deposits an egg.