Best Arizona trails for to see wildflowers

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Arizona is home to all sorts of wonderful hiking trails and right now many of those trails are decorated with wildflowers.  Author Roger Naylor gives us some insight on the best hiking spots to do some petal peeping. 

The state has experienced a dry year, especially compared to previous years. Due to this, some types of plants won’t be visible. According to Naylor, this includes poppies. “They need a triggering rain, that’s going to be at least an inch, to start things in motion,” Naylor said. The plants we will see, instead, are perennial plants like Brittlebush, Desert Marigolds and Globe Mallows.

Even with a dry year, hiking trails still are filled with beautiful nature, according to Naylor. “This winter was just too dry, so we’re going to have a down year a little bit, but that doesn’t matter. It’s still important to get out and enjoy this time of the year. Right now, the desert’s smiling, by June, it’s going to be snarling, so get out and enjoy it now,” Naylor said.

Naylor’s Trail Recommendations

  • Trails at Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Black Canyon Trail


Roger Naylor, Travel Author

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