It is March here in Phoenix and that means wildflower season is upon us. I am trying to take advantage of it every chance I get. The dog is certainly loving it. Over the course of the last week, we have set out to enjoy the fresh air which is still cool enough in the morning to get a good start before it gets hot. That is heaven to us Phoenicians, as we will soon be moving into the “hot all day” season.
I have found easy, non strenous hiking out on the Dreamy Draw Trail. This is a great area for just going out for a walk without having to worry about any hiking gear. It is located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, right in the middle of the city. Also in the area connected to the same system are Piestewa Peak and Trail 100. All of these are different ability levels and you are best researching them before you go. The flowers in this area are mainly Mexican Poppies and are very beautiful as they cover the mountainside.
Another great area to see the flowers is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. There are several trailheads and all of them are great and also allow for varying technical levels. I like the Gateway Trailhead because it offers many different trails and has plenty of parking. The flowers in this area are at their peak right now and are just gorgeous. I saw about 6 different types of flowers, none of which I knew the names. I think I will go back next week with my wildflower book.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Spring Wildflowers in Phoenix, Arizona” quote=”Spring Wildflowers in Phoenix, Arizona” theme=”style1″]
It amazes me how green the desert gets this time of year. With just a little water from the winter, everything comes alive. The saguaros are big and fat from water storage and hillsides are covered in flowers. This is the only time of year that the brittlebush flowers bloom. We have quite a few in our yard and I really don’t like the look of them except for spring. It is now that the entire valley bears these yellow blossoms.
I hope to get out and enjoy more of the blooms while they last. I seem to go more of a leisurely pace, taking in all the sites. And I like that, it is always nice to get out and enjoy nature.