Wildflowers sprout in Arizona: Where to see them

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Washington, D.C. may be known for its cherry blossoms in the spring, but you do not need to go that far to see vibrant colors right now!

Wildflower season is in full swing right here in our own Arizona backyard

Festivals and spring training are hugely popular in the valley this time of year, but the colors of the desert are calling your name.

"You have everything from fuchsia, bright pink, orange, purple, blues and lupines," Sarah Steele from Arizona State Parks and Trails said. 

Steele said beautiful blooms are less than a one-hour drive from the Valley.

Lost Dutchman State Park is a great place to see lots of yellow poppies right now.

Picacho Peak, which is off of Interstate 10 on the way to Tucson, is another spot to see spring sprouting in the desert, Steele said.

Keep heading south to see more wildflowers at Catalina State Park.

Steele says once temperatures are consistently in the 90-degree range, the blooms will start to fade and you will have to head farther north.

"I really like Flagstaff and come June and July, you see a lot of really beautiful flowers on the mountains."

Steele said not only is it a great time to see flowers, but you may even run into some of our friends waking up after winter.

"This is a great time for wildlife, too, we have a lot of stuff coming out of hibernation, becoming more active."

To get more information on state parks in Arizona and wildflowers, visit AZStateParks.com.

If you take any pictures, be sure to post them on our Facebook page or use the hashtag #cbs5az on Instagram and Twitter

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Ian SchwartzAn Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduate of Arizona State University, Ian Schwartz is thrilled to be back in the Valley of the Sun.

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After starting his journalism career in Illinois, Ian worked in Albuquerque and later Sacramento. In the field as a reporter, he has covered flash floods, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, drought and just about everything the weather can offer. After spending some time reporting, Ian decided to further his education and completed Mississippi State's broadcast meteorology program. Ian loves everything about Arizona weather from winter storms in the north to the monsoon in the south. When Ian isn't giving you the forecast in the morning, you can find him hiking, traveling and exploring everything our great state has to offer. If you have any weather pictures or want to say hi, drop him an email or connect online.

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