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Flower bloom - Highway 58, San Luis Obispo County
This blog post
is from April 2023 when we have a rainy winter that enable the supper-bloom.
just off the road, is one of the best spots to view glorious displays of wildflowers
supper-bloom in Central California.
On my drive east
from Paso Robles, CA to Carrizo Plain National Monument I stopped at a place
where you can see the colorful wildflowers blooming near the main road.
I spend here
half an hour late at the afternoon until sunset.
location is on the junction of highway 58 and the small sideroad Shell Creek Rd.
junction is located 30 miles east of Paso Robles, or 19.5 miles east of Santa
The best time
to visit here is around spring, early/mid-April is probably the best month.
visit here only after rainy winter that enable the desert supper bloom, in “regular”
year where there is not a lot of rain the flowers bloom is less impressive.
Due note 1: On all sides of
the road, it is a private land with open cuttle grazing so respect the private
ownership and do not trespass.
Due note 2: During supper-bloom
years weekends there are many people that are stopping here so do expect
congestion and maybe parking issues.
Due note 3: This is much
smaller compared to Carrizo Plain National Monument but the flowers here are
nice and colorful.
I was on my way
east to Bakersfield and I decided to try and see show flower blooming along
highway 58. I manage to come here just before sunset and get the last daylight to
see the flowers on the fields on the side of the road.
The visit is
simple, drive slow before the road junction and try to turn left (when driving
east) into Shell Creek Rd.
Find a parking
spot and explore the surrounding fields.
It is important to avoid trampling
the flowers so please walk only on trails and do not harm the flowers so others
can enjoy this beautiful sight
Please do not
cross any fences or respect signs indicating private property.
You can keep
driving north on Shell Creek Rd and enjoy the area with less peoples.
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