Courtesy: Arizona Office of Tourism
Several Arizona State Parks are famous for their excellent wildflower
viewing. Park rangers are even keeping track of wildflower progress
with "Ranger Cams," providing daily photos taken by
the park rangers on the State Parks Web site. Check out www.pr.state.az.us
The popular Mexican gold poppy may also be found at Picacho
Peak State Park, which is halfway between Phoenix and Tucson.
Visitors may hike the trail to the top of the 1,500-foot arrowhead-shaped
peak, or take a leisurely drive through the grounds for viewing.
Forty miles north of Tucson at Oracle State Park, visitors
will find more than 40 species of wildflowers, including Mariposa
lilies, lavender larkspurs and desert marigolds. Other activities
for visitors include 15 miles of hiking trails and tours of a
historic ranch house.
Closer to Phoenix and along one of Arizona's designated Scenic
Roads, you'll find Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Wildflowers
with unique names can be found here, including fiddleneck, purple
bladderpod, fairy duster, firecracker penstemon and globe mallow.
The 320-acre Lost Dutchman State Park, near the Superstition
Mountains, features trails where you'll notice the wildflowers
changing with the elevation. The park has a rich history which
includes a legend of a lost gold mine. Chuparosa, filaree and
Papago lilies are just some of the flowers you'll see here.
To plan a bloomin' fun wildflower viewing trip in Arizona, check
or call 866-298-3312