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Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument - Wildflower Viewing


Flower - Canterbury Bells

Flower - Desert Star

Canterbury Bells

Desert Star

Wildflower Viewing Guidelines

Make it a safe environment for you!
  • One may be preoccupied while looking for flowers; always be on the watch for harmful elements!.
  • Cactus segments, rattlesnakes and broken glass may be underfoot while you are searching out a new flower to identify!  Before getting close to a flower, look around for snakes and bees.
  • Touching wildflowers often results in getting fine spines embedded in fingertips.  Better to use a hand lens for those close-up looks.
  • All cacti have spines.  Watch your distance when viewing those colorful blossoms.

Make it a safe environment for the native flora and fauna!
  • Stay on roadside, trails or disturbed wash environments so as to not cave in rodent holes and damage newly emerging herbage.  
  • Picking flowers prevents the seeds developing into the wildflowers of next season.  Take pictures instead.
  • Pack it in - pack it out.  Leave no trace of your visit.


Wildflower Viewing Sites 

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
51-500 Highway 74 in Palm Desert.

Adjacent to the patio is the Ed Hastey Desert Garden Trail, which features drip-irrigated desert perennials.

Cheesebush
Creosote
Bladderpod
Chuckwalla Delight
Desert Dandelion
California Evening Primrose
Palo Verde
Encelia 
Apricot Mallow
Chuparosa
Desert Lavender
Desert Heron Bill

Highway 74 (Palms to Pines Highway) & the Cactus Spring Trail

To reach the trailhead, turn south from Hwy 111 in Palm Desert onto Hwy 74.  Proceed up the mountain for almost 16 miles until you pass the CalFire station; take the first paved road to the left.  Go 0.25 miles then turn left into the Sawmill Trailhead, which serves both the Cactus Spring and Sawmill Trails.  From Hemet, the trailhead is 8 miles east of the junction of Hwy 371 and Hwy 74.
 
Nolina
Desert Apricot
Brown-Eyed Primrose
Forget-Me-Nots
Fremont Pincushion
Deerweed
Creosote Bush
Whispering Bells
Encelia
Eriophyllum
Chinchweed
Desert Dandelion
Desert Mallow
Rose Mallow
Ocotillo
Sand Verbena
Arizona Lupine
Desert Heron's Bill
Kraemeria
Chia
Santa Rosa Beard Tongue
WIld Heliotrope
Teddy Bear Cholla
Beavertail Cactus
Hedgehog Cactus

Indian Canyons

Located at the end of South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm SpringsThree canyons offer well-established trails and a variety of terrain and vegetative communities, including native desert fan palm oases.  A fee is required for entry; hours of operation vary by season.

Forget-Me-Nots
Checker Fiddleneck
Creosote
Little Gold Poppy
Encelia
Desert Mallow
Desert Lavender 
Desert Hyacinth
Yerba Santa
Notch Leafed Phacelia
Chuparosa
Desert Heron Bill
Arizona Lupine
Wild Hyacinth
Canterbury Bells
Beavertail Cactus
Barrel Cactus


Oswit Canyon

Located on South Palm Canyon Drive just south of  Murray Canyon DriveAmple parking on side of road.  Hike along flood channel trail to gain easier access to higher areas, or explore along meandering paths.  A combination of habitats allow for diversity of flowers here.

Forget-Me-Nots
Wishbone Bush
Rock Daisy
Checker Fiddleneck
Creosote
Desert Rock Pea
Little Gold Poppy
Whispering Bells
Encelia
Desert Mallow
Desert Lavender
Desert Hyacinth
Yerba Santa
Notch Leafed Phacelia
Chuparosa
Desert Heron Bill
Arizona Lupine
Wild Hyacinth
Canterbury Bells
Barrel Cactus


Tahquitz Canyon

Located at the end of West Mesquite Avenue near downtown Palm SpringsRangers lead guided tours on a streamside trail.  A fee is required for entry; hours of operations vary by season.

Forget-Me-Nots
Checker Fiddleneck
Creosote
Encelia
Desert Lavender
Desert Hyacinth
Yerba Santa
Notch Leafed Phacelia
Chuparosa
Desert Heron Bill


Museum Trail

Ascends steep hillside west of north parking lot of the Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive in Palm Springs.

Parking is available in downtown Palm Springs near Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Drive.

Steep trail rewards ambitious hikers.

Forget-Me-Not
Brown-Eyed Primrose
California Evening Primrose
Creosote


Tramway Road

Intersects with Highway 111 west of downtown Palm Springs.  Take Tramway Road to the lower Tram Station for a short nature trail.

Jimson Weed
Forget-Me-Not
Encelia
Creosote
Desert Lavender


Snow Creek Road

Intersects Highway 111 just ½ mile east of the I-10 exit to Palm Springs.

Do not enter residential village.

The two-mile stretch of
Snow Creek Rd travels through a variety of environments:  wash, sand dune, and creosote scrub habitats.

Park on the roadside then walk up washes where you can find scattered flowers.  Wild mustard strongly dominates the landscape. Also look for the following:

Brown-Eyed Primrose
Forget-Me-Nots
Fremont Pincushion
Bladderpod
California Evening Primrose
Creosote Bush
Checker Fiddleneck
Brittlebush
Desert Heron's Bill


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Flower - Wild Heliotrope

Wild Heliotrope,
Photo by Sue Myers

Flower - Sand Verbena
Sand Verbena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bureau of Land Management
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains 
National Monument Visitor Center

51-500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, California 92260
Phone:  (760) 862-9984
Open Mon - Fri  
Closed Sat - Sun
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Oct - May
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Jun - Sep
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Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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