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Spring has arrived.
From the foothills of California to the Texas Hill Country and beyond, wildflowers are making their annual appearance along scenic trails, highways and byways across the country.
Figueroa Mountain, a popular viewing area for California poppies and lupine in Los Padres National Forest, is not only covered with flowers, but is likely to have “multiple peaks” throughout the spring, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s latest wildflower update for the area.
“April is usually the ideal time to see wildflowers in California,” said Dan Baumann, general manager of Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in Buellton, Calif., near the Danish themed city of Solvang, which is about a 2.5-hour drive north of Los Angeles.
Wildflower enthusiasts who visit the Buellton area might also try their luck heading north on State Route 1 toward Big Sur and Monterey, using
Big Sur Campground and Cabins, Fernwood Resort or Riverside Campground and Cabins as base camps along the way.
The California poppies along Route 1 can be particularly striking during the month of April. Central California travelers taking more inland roadways may also see oak covered hillsides accented with vibrant displays of wild mustard.
Meanwhile, just as California poppies are blanketing hillsides with brilliant orange and yellow hues, the Texas Bluebonnets are coming into full force across the Lone Star State, particularly at the famous Willow Loop Drive, which is located in the famed Texas Hill Country.
“Willow Loop Drive is literally a sea of wildflowers and Blue Bonnets,” said Ed Robinson, manager of Sunset Point RV Resort in Marble Falls, which will host its annual Blue Bonnet Festival April 12 to 14.
Willow Loop Drive is about 10 miles north of the German-themed tourist town of Fredericksburg and roughly a 90-minute drive west of Austin.
The good news for wildflower enthusiasts is that there are numerous websites with information on wildflower viewing areas across the country. So whether you’re interested in poppies in California, Blue Bonnets in Texas or violets, trilliums and orchids in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s easy to find information on peak wildflower viewing times.
This website also makes it easy to plan wildflower trips because we have a built in campground search function that enables consumers to search for campgrounds based on their location.
All you have to do is type in the location of the geographic area where you’d like to camp and GoCampingAmerica.com will automatically identify campgrounds in the area of interest to you.
You don’t even need to have a tent or RV to camp since many of the campgrounds we list have rental accommodations, from yurts and teepees to cabins and park models.
And for those who can’t get away to take a wildflower tour just yet, take heart. In another month or two, wildflowers will make their appearance in the higher elevations of the mountains, from the Sierra Nevada to the Rocky Mountains.
Mary Coady-Leeper, an Omaha resident, can’t wait to take a trip to the Estes Park area of Colorado to see the wildflowers in the high country in June.
“I love fall colors,” Coady-Leeper said. “But, oh my God, the wildflowers are every bit as much or more attractive to me. They are definitely part of the attraction for me in the Rocky Mountains."
Her favorite routes include Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake and the five-mile-road leading into the Brainard Recreation Area from Highway 72. “We go there almost every year,” she said.
Wildflowers that are typical of the Rocky Mountain high country include Indian Paintbrush, daisies, lupine, asters, columbine, fireweed and Parry’s primrose. Coady-Leeper said Indian Paintbrush can be particularly striking.
“You’ll see Indian Paintbrush with shades of orange to red and magenta all the way to hot pink,” she said.