Fall showers bring superbloom flowers.
Though California has long faced severe drought, the heavy rainfall the Golden State received last fall means that millions of wildflowers could be on display this spring.
A superbloom is a rare occurrence wherein wildflowers that have lain dormant blossom in the millions and create a sea of color. A superbloom only happens under conditions that are just right – the perfect amount of dormant seeds and just the right amount of rain after a dry spell make it happen.
Though 2023’s display is likely to be smaller than 2019’s, it’s still a breathtaking sight for sore eyes.
How can you stop and smell the flowers?
It’s not entirely possible to pinpoint the exact dates that a superbloom will occur, but the peak season is usually at the beginning of spring with buds starting to pop up around mid-February and lasting through June.
The best place to catch a glimpse at the rolling fields of flowers is usually in state parks like Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Lake Elsinore, and more. Just be sure to tread lightly and follow the guidance from rangers on how to responsibly frolic amongst the flowers.
California is particularly lucky this year with Yosemite’s spectacular firefall light show being back for viewing in February, too.