Yosemite Wildflowers

Poppies

Thanks to Yosemite’s varied elevation and terrain, wildflowers are in bloom somewhere in the park for nearly six months out of the year. In addition to their aesthetic value, wildflowers contribute to the park’s ecology by attracting bees, butterflies and other species that depend on them.

To date, botanists have discovered 1,450 distinct species of wildflowers in the park. They generally bloom in and around lush meadows and along trails. Colorful species to keep an eye out for and commonly seen throughout the park include shooting stars, lupine, lilies, monkey flower, paintbrush, poppies (the California state flower) and columbine.

yosemite-flowers

Here is where to look and when to catch the show:

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley Wildflowers

The lowest elevation region of Yosemite is blooming from March through May.

 >>Wapama Falls

 

Yosemite Valley and Wawona Wildflowers

May and June

 >>Cook’s Meadow (Yosemite Valley)

 >>Wawona Meadow

 >>Turner Meadows (near Wawona)

 

Glacier Point and Tioga Road Wildflowers

June and July

 >>Bridalveil Creek and McGurk Meadow (off Glacier Point Road)

 >>Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Trails (off Glacier Point Road)

 >>Crane Flat Meadows

 >>Harden and Lukens Lake (near White Wolf)

 >>Sunrise Lakes (near Tenaya Lake)

 

Wildflowers in Tuolumne Meadows and the high Sierra

Late June through August

During high snowpack years, wildflowers can be in bloom through September.

 >>Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge

 >>Elizabeth Lake

 >>Dana Meadows and Gaylor Lakes

 >>Dana Fork on Mono Pass Trail

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