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Beyond the Vase: See for Yourself How Spring Wildflowers Ignite the Grand Canyon in a Flurry of Color

Posted by Maverick Helicopters on Apr 13, 2017 8:40:00 AM

Grand Canyon Wildflowers

In spring, the Grand Canyon is ablaze in a dazzling array of colors, making a Maverick Helicopter tour even more breathtaking than usual.

The Grand Canyon is home to nearly 700 species of wildflowers, so named because they grow in a natural habitat and were neither planted nor cultivated by people.

Group your favorites by color

While you don’t have to be a horticulturist to appreciate the spring wildflowers at the Grand Canyon, you’d be wise to devise a viewing strategy to ensure you see all your favorites.

Wildflowers begin to bloom at the Grand Canyon at the lowest elevations first. Then they climb right along with the temperatures. A simple, yet effective, way for novices to keep track of the wildflowers they will see is to track them by color.

Purple and pink flowering spring wildflowers at the Grand Canyon include:

  • Fleabane
  • Grand Canyon phacelia
  • Palmer lupine
  • Rocky Mountain bee plant
  • Rocky Mountain iris
  • Toadflax penstemon

Red or orange flowering spring wildflowers at the Grand Canyon include:

  • Crimson monkeyflower
  • Globe mallow
  • Indian paintbrush
  • Penstemon
  • Red columbine
  • Skyrocket

White flowering spring wildflowers at the Grand Canyon include:

  • Baby white aster
  • Desert tobacco
  • Evening primrose
  • Sacred datura
  • Tidy fleabane
  • Watercress
  • White violet
  • Yarrow

Yellow flowering spring wildflowers at the Grand Canyon include:

  • Blanket flower
  • Broom snakeweed
  • Common mullein
  • Groundcherry
  • Hooker's primrose
  • Hymenopapus
  • Yellow ragweed

If you wish to become a true scholar, you can learn more about these standout wildflowers online. Several sources that are particularly thorough in their treatment and presentation of canyon wildflowers include:

Other Points of Interest

Here are some other particularly colorful viewing sites in the region to add to your must-see list:

  • Death Valley National Park (where wildflowers bloom below sea level)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Desert National Wildlife Range
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Fly Maverick, fly in style

Deciding how you will view the Grand Canyon's spring "carpet of color" is easy. Our agents are prepared to help you pick the right Maverick tour for your next adventure. Contact us or speak with a reservation agent via LiveChat!

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