With historic wet winter firmly in California’s rearview mirror, many are flocking to state parks to glimpse the spectacular superbloom.
Many wildflowers have sprouted all at once, providing plenty of beautiful photo opportunities throughout the Golden State.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation recommends several places to see the colorful superbloom in person.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (5-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (4-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Chino Hills State Park (4-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (5½-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area (4½-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Red Rock Canyon State Park in California (3½-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Tule Elk State Natural Reserve (5-hour drive from Las Vegas)
Lake Elsinore, a popular spot to view the superbloom, is closed to visitors this year to ensure “the safety of public land and wildlife,” the city said. Officials want to prevent the chaos that ensued as crowds swarmed the area four years ago.
Those hoping to spot a glimpse of the superbloom at Lake Elsinore can still do so, but from a distance. Those arriving near the canyon trailhead will be greeted with “No Parking” signs and gates preventing access. Those who trespass on the area can receive a citation, officials warned.
California’s last superbloom was in 2019, with experts saying it was so large that it could be seen from space.