• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • Cottonwood Trails Closed

    Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »

  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays

    Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. More »

  • Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road

    The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.

Wildflower Viewing

Blooming Wildflowers
Park staff and volunteers compile their wildflower observations weekly during the spring blooming season to produce a list of the wildflowers that are currently in bloom and where you can see them. For the latest report, click below.

Current Wildflower Status
Wildflower Bloom Report for May 2, 2014 (Final Report of the season)

Previous Reports
Wildflower Bloom Report for April 25, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for April 18, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for April 11, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for April 4, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for March 28, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for March 21, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for March 14, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for March 7, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for February 28, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for February 21, 2014
Wildflower Bloom Report for February 14, 2014

 
ocotillo with Pinto Mountain in the background.
Ocotillo with Pinto Mountain in the background.
NPS/Julia Lynam
 
Wildflowers When and Where
The extent and timing of spring wildflower blooms in Joshua Tree National Park may vary from one year to the next. Fall and winter precipitation and spring temperatures are key environmental factors affecting the spring blooming period. Normally desert annuals germinate between September and December. Many need a good soaking rain to get started.

In addition to rains at the right time, plants also require warm-enough temperatures before flower stalks will be produced. Green-leaf rosettes may cover the ground in January; however, flower stalks wait until temperatures rise.

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.

Did You Know?

Fault map of the park

Joshua Tree is crisscrossed with hundreds of faults, and is a great place to see raw rocks and the effects of earthquakes. The famous San Andreas Fault bounds the south side of the park and can be observed from Keys View. More...