Top Places in San Diego to See Wildflowers

    Spring is in the air and with that comes the return of beautiful lush green rolling hills and wildflowers everywhere! If you love springtime, take some allergy medicine and head out to some of these spots to experience spring in its bloom.

    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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    Just outside San Diego County is Anza-Borrego Desert State Park which is 600,000 acres of land to spot wildflowers in. You don’t have to walk far from the visitor’s center to view beautiful blooms like Desert Chicory, Phacelia, Pygmy Stonecrop, Popcorn Flower, Poppies, Fiddlenecks, Desert Dandelions and more. You can even call the wildflower hotline to find out if they’re in bloom by calling 760-767-4684. There are plenty of spots to venture out to in Anza Borrego including Coyote Canyon and Henderson Canyon Road.

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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    Located right next to a beautiful view of Torrey Pines beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve features a network of trails on the badland cliffs lined with beautiful wildflowers. There are free guided walks available for families and small groups on weekends and holidays. Enjoy these wildflowers with the wonderful sea salt smell of the ocean.

    Cabrillo National Monument

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    Located at the southern tip of Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument gives you views of the San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline, Coronado and the base. Clear days will allow you to see far out on the Pacific Ocean. The steep bayside trail is two miles long and gives you gorgeous views of wildflowers including Sea Dahlia, Coast Money Flower, and Encelia.

    Mission Trails Regional Park

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    Located in East San Diego County, Mission Trails offers over 50 miles of trails to experience wildflowers on. Some of the most popular trails for spotting wildflowers include the Visitor’s Center Loop and the Oak Canyon Trail which is a beautiful trail alongside a stream. Also, make sure you visit the Grasslands. You can also find wildflowers on almost any trail in the park. Explore to see California poppies!

    Keys Creek Lavender Farm – Valley Center

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    Experience 8 acres of lavender fields at the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. The farm lays in the beautiful valley in North County. You will find rolling hills of green on your way to the farm. Farms tours are available to visitors by reservation only.

    Balboa Park

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    Although Balboa Park is pretty year round, during spring, you will catch hidden wildflower meadows throughout the park. There is a notable one located on the running trail located on the west side of the 163. Wander around the park to find some wildflowers yourself.

    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    With more than 100 miles of trails for mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers, you will find tons of wildflowers sprinkled throughout the park. In addition, you will experience some gorgeous pine trees, creeks, and meadows. A beautiful place to spend the day.

    The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

    A known and well-populated location in San Diego, the Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields have over 50 acres of beautiful flowers to look at. This location always has flowers to look at, so if you want a spot that definitely has flowers, head out to Carlsbad.

    Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

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    Mount Laguna is San Diego’s perfect close mountain get-away, complete with beautiful pine trees, flower meadows, and amazing views. You can find wildflowers sprinkled throughout the area and especially on the Big Laguna Trail that takes you past the Big Laguna Lake.


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    Located in the mountains, the drive to Julian is spectacular and features beautiful daffodils along the road, fragrant lilacs that are across the hills and peonies. Drive around the area to find the perfect wildflower spot for you.

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