Sonoran Desert National Monument poppies

Hard to believe there are small groupings of Mexican Gold poppies blooming in the Sonoran Desert National Monument but you can find some areas with wildflowers. The Arizona desert has been without rain for all of 2014 so far (-1.25″) But because of the Nov.-December rain there is some color out there. Bladderpod blooms are in the lower deserts on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range with some poppy carpets around Hat Mountain. Getting permission to access the areas is a hassle and you can find info online but I don’t recommend it without 2 4X4 vehicles. Oatman also has some wildflowers showing. See page 64 of our Wild in Arizona Book. South Maricopa Mountain Wilderness is showing Brittlebush blooming in the volcanic hills north of highway 8 and it looks like it will be peak in 1-2 weeks and be short lived. Be safe out there and good shooting.

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