The spring wildflower season is coming to a close in the Mojave Desert. If you’re driving into Las Vegas from any direction, however, you can still see patches of yellow, purple, and white flowers adorning the desert. Abundant rainfall during winter has resulted in a bloom-filled Mojave, but as the heat intensifies over the next few weeks, these delicate beauties will disappear until next spring. Get out of the car to walk around and really see the desert in bloom. Many of these flowers are tiny, and unless you’re observant, you can miss them. Early morning or late evening is the best time of day to see wildflowers. For instance, the showy white blossoms of evening primrose don’t open until–you guessed it–evening. If you’re on the hunt for desert wildflowers around Las Vegas, try the areas in and around the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, and Lake Mead. For travelers driving in from Southern California, you may want to take a detour through the Mojave National Preserve.
Photos courtesy of Terrisa Meeks