I am in love with Arizona wildflowers! They are bright, beautiful and contrast the desert landscape in the most breathtaking way.
On Saturday, I hopped in my car with my Wild in Arizona book and went for a drive toward Florence, Arizona. I had recently checked the Desert USA site and saw photographs and a note stating wildflowers were blooming along the Pinal Pioneer Parkway and the E Florence-Kelvin Highway.
I was quite pleased with the scenic drive and ran into several patches of lupine, fiddleneck and Mexican gold poppies along the way! The dirt portion of the E Florence-Kelvin Highway is well maintained and I had no trouble traveling the route in my Jetta.
I am hoping to make a trip to the Peridot Mesa this weekend. I hear there are fields of poppies… I can only begin to imagine how beautiful the views must be!
The route I followed is mapped out below from the general Tucson area.
If you are out and about searching for wildflowers, I would love to hear from you!