Wildflower Resources

Websites and contact information help you find colorful blooms in 10 Western states.

rough mules ear wildflowers at Arches National Park, image

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.

alaska

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.

california

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.

colorado

West Elk Scenic Byway Wildflower Viewing Area
32 miles northwest of Gunnison, (970) 641-0471.

idaho

Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area
About 90 miles east of Boise, (208) 764-3202.

Craters of the Moon National Monument
174 miles east of Boise and 90 miles west of Idaho Falls, (208) 527-1335. An app for the iPhone or iPad gives details on the wildflowers at the monument.

montana

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.

nevada

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.

oregon

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.

Table Rocks
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.

utah

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.

washington

Paradise, Mt. Rainier National Park
19 miles east of the park’s Nisqually Entrance, 90 miles south of Seattle, (360) 569-6575.

wyoming

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)
344-7381.

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.

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