It’s that time of year, when we tune up the RV and start mapping scenic drives to find spring wildflowers. We’ve gathered a bouquet of six of the best scenic drives in America, bursting each spring with color and variety. Come along as we take a tour of six spring wildflower scenic drives for RV campers to savor.
I-10 to Picacho Peak State Park – Arizona
Traveling I-10 south out of Phoenix (or north out of Tucson) in early April is sure to reward you with a glorious display of wildflowers. One of our favorite spots, and also a dandy place to camp in your RV, is Picacho Peak State Park, midway between these two Arizona cities.
Watch for blooming saguaro cactus, palo verde and Mexican gold poppies by the thousands, along the roadways and especially as you hike this park’s trails. The entire area surrounding Picacho Peak is a nature photographer’s dream in early spring.
Willow City Loop – Fredericksburg, Texas
Cruise north in springtime out of Fredericksburg, Texas on the famous loop trail to Willow City. You’ll soon learn why Hill Country is at the heart of so many Texans. Wildflowers populate the rugged hills and canyons along the way, including daisies, bluebonnets and sunflowers, to name just a few.
Mount Nebo Scenic Byway – Uinta National Forest, Utah
The rugged, red rock beauty of central Utah is reason enough to head there this spring, but there’s an added bonus of eye-catching color from spring wildflowers in the Uinta National Forest. Follow the 35-mile Mount Nebo Scenic Byway in late spring to glimpse meadows full of gold and bright white flowers framed by aspen and fir. Plenty of pull-outs and scenic overlooks allow even the driver to enjoy the wonder of spring wildflowers in Utah.
Tioga Road – Yosemite National Park, California
There’s always a scenic drive waiting to thrill in Yosemite, and spring is no exception. Point your RV toward Tioga Road, a stunning journey complete with a high meadow filled with wildflowers in late May and early June. Tuolumne Meadow, above eight-thousand feet in elevation, promises spider lupine, tufted poppy and dozens of other plant species happy to display their colors.
Pinto Basin Road – Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua Tree National Park, located near Palm Springs, California, boasts a wide range of wildflowers starting each year in early spring. Once you reach the park via I-10, follow Pinto Basin Road past the blazing red blossoms in the Ocotillo Patch, the sand verbena and desert lilies at Pinto Dunes and the subtle gold of creosote bushes everywhere you look.
Highland Scenic Byway – Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
Does the chance to view miles of rhododendron, Canadian lilies and scarlet bee balm seem like a great reason for a leisurely springtime drive? That’s what you’ll find along the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. Start in Richwood and follow State Route 39 until it joins State Route 150, then watch the profusion of color all along the route until it meets US-219.
There you have it, a half dozen reasons to warm up the RV and take a drive. Break out the wildflower field guide, because the meadows, mountainsides and desert valleys are blooming. Spring is the perfect time to visit America’s scenic byways. And we’re always ready to help with a first-rate RV rental for your trip!