Where are the Wildflowers?

Ranger's buttons Blueflag iris in Chula Vista Meadow
Updated 4/5/2019

Where are the Wildflowers?

It is spring!  The Los Padres National Forest has many places to see beautiful wildflowers from early spring into the summer.

Because it has been a cold and wet winter, many of the flowers are taking a little longer to show themselves.  Patience and willingness to keep looking should allow you to find hidden treasures.  One of the great things about looking for wildflowers is that even in the same place, each year may bring different flowers during different times.  The unexpected can be expected!

Below are listed several resources for finding current information on where the flowers are blooming:

For other National Forests areas in California and across the country, visit this Wildflower Viewing Areas page.


  • A good resource for all areas of Southern and Central California, the Theodore Payne Foundation has a Wildflower Hotline that is updated each week.

  • Another website that has links and information for different areas in California and across the west is the Natural History Wanderings blog.

  • Hungry Valley has information about their State Park and the Gorman area.

  • The Antelope Valley State Poppy Reserve located in the Mojave Desert near Lancaster is a well-known area for wildflowers.  The flowers are said to be spectacular at this time.

  • The Tejon Ranch Conservancy has wildflower events.  Look on their calendar for dates and times.

  • The Wildlands Conservancy's Wind Wolves Preserve is also known for their wildflower viewing.  They have free interpretive events and a Spring Festival.

  • The Carrizo Plain National Monument and other Bureau of Land Management areas are also wonderful places to explore and enjoy the flowers.  They have a recorded hotline number to call:  805-475-2035.  This is also an area that is reported to be spectacular right now.