San Diego is a wildflower enthusiast’s paradise! From the annual Flowers Fields in Carlsbad to the beautiful backcountry roads on the way Julian, there are numerous places to stop and enjoy the sprauling wildflower fields in San Diego. There are also many opportunities to join other wildflower enthusiasts. Check out the ranger-led programs at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park or stop by the visitor center at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
When on a wildflower walk, plan to take your time because flower enthusiasts typically take it slow to examine plants. To prepare for a wildflower walk, bring along a map of the area, extra bottled water, a pair sunglasses, magnifying glass and a camera to capture some beautiful photos.
Be safe and happy field tripping!
Where To See Wildflowers in San Diego
The 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego State Park near San Diego can be a great place to see wildflowers. In particular, the Visitor Center Area has beautiful blooms like the Phacelia, Desert Dandelion, Desert Chicory and Pygmy Stonecrop, along with Filaree, Popcorn Flower, Poppies and Fiddlenecks. Look for the white-flowered Wishbone Bush in the island between the first and second parking lots. There is a wildflower hotline you can call at (760) 767-4684 to check and see if a wildflower bloom is happening.
Balboa Park, San Diego
Spring has sprung, and so have the wildflowers at Balboa Park. Walk around and explore some of the hidden wildflower groves all over the city park, including a secluded running trail that winds along the west side of highway 163.
Coyote Canyon @ Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Where the pavement ends at the north end of DiGiorgio Road, you may find Spectacle Pod, Brown-eyed Evening Primrose, Dune Evening Primrose and Sand Verbena. Walk out onto the flats for occasional Desert Lilies and Desert Sunflowers. 4WD vehicles are recommended beyond Desert Gardens.