If you’re looking for the best spots to see wildflowers this spring and summer, look no further. These six spots across America are where you will discover the best wildflowers in the country. Ranging from national parks to hidden pull-offs, these locations will show you the best flowers the United States has to offer. Grab your camera and notebook, and get spotting!
Please remember: Do not pick wildflowers! They are often protected species. Enjoy them on the ground, and not in a vase, to ensure everyone gets a chance to see them.
Red Cliff, Utah
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Little pops of color will surprise hikers along trails off Shrine Pass Road in Red Cliff, Utah. All kinds of desert flowers will bloom early in the season when the overnight temperatures creep higher. Your best bet is to get out of the car and go find these little beauties on foot.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Bear and Gem Lake in the Colorado Rockies are often dotted by tiny alpine wildflowers from late April to early May. These minute flowers pack a colorful punch when paired with the view of distant, snowy peaks.
Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
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The Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Market in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire is truly the event of the season. For most of June, lupines explode in the lower White Mountains. To cap off the season, the Lupine Festival holds a Festival Market with artists, craftsmen, and local snacks (think maple syrup everything). This year’s festival is June 8-9, 2019.
Glacier National Park, Montana
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Shooting Stars, Camas, Trillium, Forget-Me-Nots, Indian Paintbrushes, Serviceberry bushes. You’ll struggle to name all the varieties of wildflowers that bloom in Glacier National Park when the snow finally melts. The Hidden Lake Trail is accessible for most hikers and provides amazing views of flowers and mountains alike.
Crested Butte, Colorado
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Register for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival from July 5-14, 2019—a festival with over 200 wildflower related programs (think art workshops, guided hikes, photography classes, and more), or see the flowers in a quieter capacity at any other time in the month of July.
Taos, New Mexico
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Late July means summer has finally really bloomed for the high desert. At over 9,000 feet, the New Mexican wildflowers can really show off. Escape the heat from low in the valley by hiking some of the surrounding mountains to see lots of floral variety.
Need more wildflower sightseeing? Visit Carbon County, Wyoming for more spring flowers!