The Anza Borrego Desert Superbloom of 2019

We were able to visit the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County in March 2019 while the “superbloom” was happening.

A superbloom in the desert happens when there is a wet winter. All the wildflowers in the desert bloom and it’s a spectacular display! The desert is usually shades of gray and dull green, but during a superbloom there are yellows, oranges, reds, purples everywhere! And lots of caterpillars and butterflies too! We have a couple of pictures showing the large black and yellow striped caterpillars and they have a long spike out their tail ends! Unfortunately the butterflies were too quick to get any good pictures of them.

We went on a Monday knowing that the weekend would be crazy with traffic. Even on a Monday in March the Anza Borrego area was pretty busy!

Jeff found a map provided online by the Anza Borrego Desert State Park that showed a few good areas to see the flowers. One was quite a ways down a dirt road but it was worth the trip!

Here are pictures we took of the area, the flowers and a couple showing the hillsides covered in yellow!