29 of the Best Wildflower Hikes and When to Visit (2024)


Embark on the best wildflower hikes across the United States with our expertly curated guide. Love Hiking offers a selection of the most beautiful wildflower trails, ideal for romantic hikes. From the vibrant landscapes of Alaska to the colorful trails of Arizona and California, our guide ensures you experience the peak blooming seasons. Discover the top wildflower hiking routes and plan your adventure with the best weeks to visit each destination. Perfect for both avid hikers and beginners, these trails promise a breathtaking journey through nature’s floral wonders.

Rich and Diane, from Love Hiking Club, on one of the best wildflower hikes ever.

What’s the best time to view wildflowers? 

Here’s a list of 29 of the best wildflower hikes and a specific time to visit. 

1. Denali National Park, Alaska

Blooming Season: June to July Best Week to View: Mid-June Flowers: Fireweed, lupines, forget-me-nots, wild roses.

 

2. Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Blooming Season: April to June Best Week to View: Late April Flowers: Saguaro blossoms, Mexican gold poppies, lupines, owl clover.

 

3. Joshua Tree National Park, California

Blooming Season: March to April Best Week to View: Mid-April Flowers: Joshua tree blossoms, desert lupines, Mojave asters, cholla cactus flowers.

 

4. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Blooming Season: July to August Best Week to View: Early August Flowers: Mule’s ears, lupines, Indian paintbrush, mountain daisies.

 

5. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Blooming Season: February to April Best Week to View: Late March Flowers: Desert sunflowers, verbena, ocotillo, desert lilies.

 

6. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California

Blooming Season: March to May Best Week to View: Mid-April Flowers: California poppies, goldfields, lupines, owl’s clover.

 

7. Death Valley National Park, California

Blooming Season: February to April (during ‘Super Bloom‘ years) Best Week to View: Early April Flowers: Desert gold, notch-leaf phacelia, desert five-spot, desert paintbrush.

 

8. Redwood National and State Parks, California

Blooming Season: April to May Best Week to View: Mid-May Flowers: Rhododendrons, trillium, wild iris, California poppies.

 

9. Crested Butte, Colorado

Blooming Season: June to August Best Week to View: Mid-July Flowers: Columbines, lupines, sunflowers, wild roses.

 

10. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Blooming Season: June to August Best Week to View: Late July Flowers: Alpine forget-me-nots, columbines, Indian paintbrush, wild iris.

 

11. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Blooming Season: March to April Best Week to View: Early April Flowers: Desert marigolds, indigo bush, beavertail cactus, Mojave aster.

 

12. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee

Blooming Season: April to June Best Week to View: Late April Flowers: Trilliums, lady slippers, violets, flame azaleas.

 

13. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virginia

Blooming Season: May to June Best Week to View: Early June Flowers: Rhododendrons, mountain laurel, flame azaleas, wild geraniums.

 

14. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Blooming Season: April to May Best Week to View: Early May Flowers: Trilliums, wild geraniums, columbines, jack-in-the-pulpit.

 

15. Acadia National Park, Maine

Blooming Season: May to June Best Week to View: Late May Flowers: Lupines, wild roses, bearberry, blue flag iris.

 

16. Prairie State Park, Missouri

Blooming Season: April to May Best Week to View: Late April Flowers: Prairie phlox, Indian paintbrush, coreopsis, purple coneflower.

 

17. Glacier National Park, Montana

Blooming Season: July to August Best Week to View: Late July Flowers: Beargrass, glacier lilies, Indian paintbrush, lupines.

 

18. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Blooming Season: June to July Best Week to View: Early July Flowers: Prairie roses, sunflowers, blanket flowers, coneflowers.

 

19. Hill Country, Texas

Blooming Season: March to April Best Week to View: Early April Flowers: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, evening primrose, phlox.

 

20. Big Bend National Park, Texas

Blooming Season: March to April Best Week to View: Mid-April Flowers: Bluebonnets, ocotillo, desert marigold, pricklepoppy.

 

21. Wildflower Center, Texas

Blooming Season: March to April Best Week to View: Early April Flowers: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, evening primrose, Texas star.

 

22. Zion National Park, Utah

Blooming Season: April to July Best Week to View: Late May Flowers: Columbines, desert paintbrush, sego lilies, scarlet gilia.

 

23. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Blooming Season: May to June Best Week to View: Early June Flowers: Bristlecone pines, primroses, lupines, Indian paintbrush.

 

24. North Cascades National Park, Washington

Blooming Season: July to August Best Week to View: Mid-August Flowers: Lupines, paintbrush, aster, fireweed.

 

25. Olympic National Park, Washington

Blooming Season: July to August Best Week to View: Early August Flowers: Lupines, paintbrush, rhododendrons, foxglove.

 

26. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Blooming Season: July to August Best Week to View: Late July Flowers: Avalanche lilies, paintbrush, lupines, asters.

 

27. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon/Washington

Blooming Season: April to June Best Week to View: Mid-May Flowers: Balsamroot, lupines, Indian paintbrush, phlox.

 

28. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho

Blooming Season: May to August Best Week to View: Mid-June Flowers: Lupines, Indian paintbrush, cinquefoil, geraniums.

 

29. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Blooming Season: June to August Best Week to View: Mid-July Flowers: Alpine wildflowers, columbines, gentians, asters.

My name is Rich, and I love to hike!

I grew up in Idaho, with plenty of hiking and camping just minutes away from our home. Growing up, we spent summers at the lake and falls in the mountains. Camping and hiking with friends was such a special way to spend time together. I’ve spent a lifetime outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting.

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