Go Camping Near Wildflower Superbloom Spots in California

Published on February 22nd, 2023 by Rene Agredano
This post was updated on March 8th, 2023

Mother Nature is about to host an incredible show in Southern California. A wildflower superbloom season is starting, and these three top rated RV campgrounds make excellent base camps to enjoy the rare event.

Why the big deal about a superbloom?

Are you lucky enough to live in a part of the country without snow on the ground right now? If so, take a look at the ground. You might be seeing the start of a new superbloom event.

Superbloom events only happen every few years in certain parts of the U.S. Dry regions like the desert in Southern California are famous superbloom spots. For this feast of the eyes to occur, weather conditions must be just right during fall and winter. If a perfect blend of rain, sunshine, wind, and heat takes place, the result is a showstopping carpet of wildflowers.

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Examples of superbloom flowers

California wildflower superblooms typically last from mid-February to May. So pack up your RV, it’s time for jaw-dropping wildflower blooms showing their stuff in the desert. You’ll gawk at endless views of springtime flowers carpeting the land, including:

California Poppies

California poppies and camping near wildflower superbloom
California Poppies superbloom

Desert Primrose

Desert Primrose wildflowers
Desert Primrose wildflowers


Mariposa Lily
A lupine wildflower field

Mariposa Lily

Mariposa lily flower
Mariposa lily flower

Top 3 Places to See and Camp Near the California 2023 Superbloom

The last California wildflower superbloom event happened in pre-pandemic times. This year, some wildflower experts predict another botanical show in the Southern California desert. But some are not. Either way, if you are snowbirding in the Southwest right now, these wildflower superbloom camping hotspots make great destinations for an RV getaway or day trip.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve

The Mojave Grassland Habitat takes center stage at this California state park, as wildflowers come alive. Enjoy eight miles of gentle trails, and a section with wheelchair access too.

RV Resorts Near Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve

The closest RV camping near wildflower superbloom spots like this one near Los Angeles, is at The Californian RV Resort in Acton. It’s a newer, full-hookup park with paved, level sites and even a swimming pool.

The Californian RV camping near wildflower superbloom
RV spot at the Californian RV Resort

Immaculate campsite! Appears brand-new with spotless sites that are level and easy to access. Great bathrooms/showers and an inviting pool area. Could use a few more trees/shade, but that will come with time. Staff was very professional, and I would highly recommend this campground when traveling from/to the Los Angeles area. Spaces are very tightly packed, much too close for us. We camped at The Californian RV Resort in a Motorhome

@BoslerCW, RV LIFE Campground Reviews

Joshua Tree National Park

Watch the dry, Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come alive with a thick carpet of wildflowers. Joshua Tree National Park is a spectacular RV destination any time of year, and just a couple hours from Los Angeles.

RV Resorts Near Joshua Tree National Park

The bad news about going to the Joshua Tree superbloom event is that a lot of wildflower watchers already have reservations by now. You probably won’t get to camp in the park this late in the game. But, it’s still pretty easy to find RV camping close to the best superbloom viewing locations near Joshua Tree, in nearby towns.

Desert Hot Springs has a decent amount of RV parks, including Caliente Springs Resort.

New pickleball courts at Caliente Hot Springs near Joshua Tree wildflower superlboom
New pickleball courts at Caliente Hot Springs near Joshua Tree wildflower superlboom

Very nice park. More and more park models, but still plenty of nice rv spots. All are back in FHU. Great internet. Gated entry. Propane delivery available. 9 hole par 3 golf. Its a huge property. We will go back! We camped at Caliente Springs Resort in a Motorhome.

@CemBam, RV LIFE Campground Reviews

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Head southeast from Los Angeles for three hours, or two hours east of San Diego, and you’ve landed in the amazing world of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. You can spend days having fun in this 600,000 thousand-acre rugged desert paradise. It’s ground zero for the southern desert wildflower superbloom in California.

RV Resorts Near Anza-Borrego Wildflower Superbloom

You have a few choices to camp near the Anza-Borrego desert superbloom. At this time it’s likely that Anza-Borrego State Park campgrounds are all booked up. But thankfully the nearby town of Borrego Springs has great luxury RV resorts with many sites to choose from. One of the most popular is The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course.

Huge RV spots at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course
Huge RV spots at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course

The spaces had concrete pads including concrete patio. The park was surrounded by a beautiful nine hole golf course. Catch and release fishing is permitted in some of lakes on the course. There were no individual fire rings. There was a very nice communal area with a picnic table, a gazebo and propane patio heaters. This was located on one of the lakes that permit fishing. We camped at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course in a Motorhome.

@Norman Hamlin, RV LIFE Campground Reviews

3 Dos and Don’ts of Wildflower Superbloom Spots

Wildflower superbloom events are rare. Treat the landscape with a “Leave No Trace” attitude that does not harm the flowers. The three biggest dos and don’ts at superbloom locations include:

  • DON’T pick the flowers. Leave them for others to enjoy.
  • DO enjoy the flowers from designated paths.
  • DO NOT ride a vehicle through wildflower fields.

Treat a wildflower superbloom spot with care so that others can enjoy it as much as you did.

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