Rough mules ear wildflowers blaze under a Utah sun at Arches National Park.
If you love wildflowers (and perhaps also our story “Wildflowers in the West”), check out these great viewing areas.
Tip: For updates on the blooms in several states, especially California, contact the Theodore Payne Foundation Wildflower hotline. (818) 768-3533.
Denali National Park and Preserve
Entrance on Highway 3 about 240 miles north of Anchorage, (907) 683-9532.
Starrigavan Recreation Area
Off Halibut Point Road about 7-1/2 miles north of Sitka, (907) 747-6671.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
15101 Lancaster Rd., 15 miles west of Lancaster, (661) 946-6092.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Eastern San Diego County, about 83 miles east of San Diego, (760) 767-5311.
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Enter from Highways 58 and 166, east of San Luis Obispo and north of Santa Barbara, (805) 475-2131.
Hite Cove Trail
Entrance on Highway 140, eight miles west of Yosemite National Park, (209) 742-4567.
Point Reyes National Seashore
32 miles northwest of San Francisco along Highway 1, (415) 464-5100 x2.
Yosemite National Park
211 miles east of San Francisco off Highway 140, (209) 372-0200.
West Elk Scenic Byway Wildflower Viewing Area
32 miles northwest of Gunnison, (970) 641-0471.
Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area
About 90 miles east of Boise, (208) 764-3202.
North Hills Trails
Access from the Waterworks Trailhead off West Greenough Drive in Missoula, (406) 329-3750.
Red Canyon Trail
Access from Red Canyon Road off Highway 287 just northwest of West Yellowstone, (406) 823-6961.
Huffaker Hills Trails
Access from Alexander Lake Road off South McCarran Road in Reno, (775) 828-6642.
Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Trail
Access from Highway 431 just south of Reno, (775) 331-6444.
Valley of Fire State Park
56 miles northeast of Las Vegas, (702) 397-2088.
Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area/Wild and Scenic Illinois River Corridor
Access from Illinois River Road about 50 miles west of Medford near Selma, (541) 471 6500.
Historic Columbia River Highway/Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Along Highway 30 in eastern Portland, (541) 308-1700.
Access from Highway 234 about 20 miles northwest of Medford, (541) 618-2200.
Tom McCall Preserve
Access from Highway 30, 11 miles east of Hood River, (503) 802-8100.
Albion Basin Experience
Trailhead at the Albion Basin Campground in Salt Lake City’s Little Cottonwood Canyon, (801) 733-2660.
Arches National Park
5 miles north of Moab, (435) 719-2299.
Red Canyon Botanical Area
Access from Highway 12 west of Bryce Canyon National Park,
near Panguitch, (435) 676-9300.
Zion National Park
40 miles northeast of St. George, (435) 772-3256.
Paradise, Mt. Rainier National Park
19 miles east of the park’s Nisqually Entrance, 90 miles south of Seattle, (360) 569-6575.
Beartooth Scenic Byway
Access from the northeast gate to Yellowstone National Park or from Red Lodge, Mont., (307) 777-7777.
Yellowstone National Park
In the northwest corner of Wyoming, about 100 miles south of Bozeman, Mont., and about 120 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho, (307)
Photography courtesy of NPS/Neal Herbert
This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.