Everyone likes the beach. Gazing at the vast stretch of endless blue never gets old. For some reason, it seems the entire world shares a fondness of peacefully watching the waves roll into a naked shore.
However, instead of gazing at a vast stretch of blue, imagine it was purple. And yellow. And orange and pink. Here in the Anza-Borrego Desert, we may not have oceans, but we have Super Blooms.
Think wildflowers, but think of a lot of them. We’re talking field after field of lavender, poppies, primroses, and lilies. A Super Bloom is a flare-up of desert wildflowers due to abnormally wet winter seasons. A once normally barren California desert transforms into a lively sea of color.
Super blooms are not necessarily considered rare, but depending on the type of Super Bloom, they can be. In the spring of 2017, Anza-Borrego experienced one. However, the Super Bloom of Spring 2019 put that to shame due to its record-breaking wet weather. Scientists even declared that California had officially conquered its almost decade-long drought. Tourists, videographers, and professional photographers thus flocked to the Anza-Borrego Desert to take in the spectacle so much so that roads and towns closed. The flowers were so vibrant and expansive that their fields could be seen from space.
Due to its rarity and the sheer volume of attracting tourists, it had its own hashtag trending on Twitter. Additionally, the abundance of professional and amateur photographers alike was presumably due to Instagram’s rise in popularity over the past couple of years. Many tumbled down hills and experienced various injuries all to take photos. Police near Lake Elsinore and Walker Canyon expressed that the “Super Bloom apocalypse” felt more like a nightmare than an extraordinary scene.
Regardless, locals expressed that they may never see sights like this again. If we ever do experience another Super Bloom of 2019’s massive size and volume, we recommend keeping tabs on the winter weather to avoid the crowd. Chances are that if the winter is abnormally wet and cold, flower flare-ups are more than likely.
Although it’s difficult to predict a Super Bloom months in advance, we invite you to come and experience the serenity of Borrego. Stay near Rams Hill for a night, a week or a month along with a chance to reside in a Super Bloom. Options range from a private historic estate, on course luxury home, full-service resort hotel, and homes in the community.