Wildflowers in Borrego Springs. Photo by Denise Zuranski of the Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is warning of another weekend of traffic jams as crowds clog the back country’s two-lane highways to see the “super bloom.”

Huge crowds have created traffic problems on roadways in and around Borrego Springs to see what is being described as the biggest desert wildflower bloom in two decades.

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is covered with purple Canterbury Bells, red Monkey Flower, white Desert Lily and yellow California poppies.

“This is the year to visit for wildflowers!” the park announced on its website. “Great winter rains have lots of annual plants growing!”

If you’re heading to the desert, the sheriff offers the following recommendations:

  • Follow all instructions given by deputies related to the traffic situation in Borrego Springs
  • Try visiting the area during the week when there are fewer crowds
  • If you plan on visiting during the weekend, expect traffic delays up to several hours on roads leading in and out of Borrego Springs
  • Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the road. Find a legal spot to park on the side of the road or in a parking lot.
  • Respect private property. Anyone caught damaging or parking on private property will be cited.
  • Pick up any trash you have and dispose of it properly
  • Come prepared by bringing plenty of water and snacks, and make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas and check your car’s tire pressure.

For more information, there is a wildflower hotline at 760-767-4684, but note that it may be busy this season.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.