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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on March 9, 2010 at 6:40 am
Filed under: hikes, Phoenix, Tucson, wildflowers

Flower Power in Arizona

With all the rain we have had during the last few weeks, the results are an amazing palette of wildflowers popping up all over the state.  The ideal way to experience the desert lupines and purple owl clover is firsthand on a wildlife hike.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Bajada Trail – South Mountain Park, Phoenix

In the heart of metropolitan Phoenix, South Mountain provides desert marigolds, brittlebush, globe mallows and Mexican gold poppies.  The Bajada Trail is an easy to moderate two mile hike with a slight increase in elevation.

Bartlett Lake – Carefree

An oasis in the desert, Bartlett Lake has several hiking options, but head for the road that leads to Rattlesnake Cove for a peek at blooming ocotillos, gold poppies, white poppies and lupines.  Pack a picnic and head to the marina where you can relax under covered ramadas with picnic tables and grills.

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge – Ajo

One of the largest wildlife refuges in the country, Cabeza Prieta (map) has a short trail near the visitors’ center with many varieties of wildflowers to enjoy.  If you’re a little more adventurous and drive a four-wheel drive vehicle explore the off road options where you can roam and find wildflower galore!  Get a Refuge Entry Permit and sign the Military Hold Harmlees Agreement at the refuge office before off roading.

Wildflower Garden – Tucson Botanical Gardens

A nicely tended garden, the Tucson Botanical Gardens (map) a unique variety of flowers like the blackfoot daisy, tufted evening primrose and wild Canterbury bells in their Wildflower Garden.

For the best viewing spots in the state, call the Arizona State Parks Wildflower Hotline at 602-542-4988 or visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s web site.

Photos from flickr – flower, Desert Mariposa Lilly, Yellow prickly pear cactus flower

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