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Wildflower Destinations in the Pacific Northwest

Region: Central Oregon

Bend, Deschutes River, John Day River, Newberry Caldera, Ochoco Mountains, Crooked River Grasslands

not bloomingAlder Springs/Whychus Creek Canyon

Jefferson County, Oregon

Crooked River National Grassland

Elevation: 2100'-2600'

Peak wildflower bloom at Alder Springs/Whychus Creek Canyon is typically from mid-April through mid-June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until the end of June.*

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Photo albums: 2008

not bloomingBig Summit Prairie

Crook County, Oregon

Ochoco National Forest & BLM surrounding private land

Elevation: 4460'-4800'

Peak wildflower bloom at Big Summit Prairie is typically from early May through early July, but there may be some flowers blooming from late April until late July.* (In 2022, things are running a little later than normal.)

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Photo albums: 2017, 2018, 2021

early/late bloomsBlack Butte

Deschutes County, Oregon

Deschutes National Forest

Elevation: 3700'-6436'

Peak wildflower bloom at Black Butte is typically from late May through early July, but there may be some flowers blooming from early May until the end of July.* (In 2022, things are running a little later than normal.)

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not bloomingChimney Rock/Crooked River Canyon

Crook County, Oregon

Bureau of Land Management

Elevation: 3040'-3560'

Peak wildflower bloom at Chimney Rock/Crooked River Canyon is typically from early May through the end of June, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-April until mid-July.*

Links:
Photo albums: 2019

not bloomingCottonwood Canyon

Sherman/Gilliam County, Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon State Park & BLM

Elevation: 500'-1500'

Peak wildflower bloom in Cottonwood Canyon is typically from late March through early May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until the end of May.*

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Photo albums: 2017, 2021

not bloomingCriterion Tract

Wasco County, Oregon

Bureau of Land Management

Elevation: 935'-3175'

Peak wildflower bloom at Criterion Tract is typically from late March through early June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until the end of June.*

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Photo albums: 2020

not bloomingFort Rock

Lake County, Oregon

Fort Rock State Natural Area

Elevation: 4350'-4500'

Peak wildflower bloom at Fort Rock is typically from early May through the end of June, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-April until mid-July.*

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not bloomingGray Butte

Jefferson County, Oregon

Crooked River National Grassland

Elevation: 3700'-4300'

Peak wildflower bloom at Gray Butte is typically from mid-April through mid-June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until the end of June.*

Links:
Photo albums: 2019, 2019

early/late bloomsLookout Mountain (Ochocos)

Crook County, Oregon

Ochoco National Forest

Elevation: 5900'-

Peak wildflower bloom on Lookout Mountain is typically from late May through late July, but there may be some flowers blooming from early May until early August.* (In 2022, things are running a little later than normal.)

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Photo albums: 2017, 2021

not bloomingOregon Badlands

Deschutes County, Oregon

Bureau of Land Management

Elevation: 3530'-3637'

Peak wildflower bloom at Oregon Badlands is typically from early May through the end of June, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-April until mid-July.*

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Photo albums: 2019

not bloomingPainted Hills

Wheeler County, Oregon

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Elevation: 1950'-2443'

Peak wildflower bloom in the Painted Hills is typically from late March through late May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until early June.*

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Photo albums: 2017

not bloomingPostage Stamp Butte

Wasco County, Oregon

White River Wildlife Area (ODFW)

Elevation: 2400'-2978'

Peak wildflower bloom at Postage Stamp Butte is typically from early April through early June, but there may be some flowers blooming from late March until late June.*

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Photo albums: 2020

not bloomingSmith Rock

Jefferson County, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park

Elevation: 2620'-3300'

Peak wildflower bloom at Smith Rock is typically from late April through late June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until early July.*

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Photo albums: 2016, 2017

not bloomingSmock Prairie

Wasco County, Oregon

White River Wildlife Area (ODFW)

Elevation: 2100'-2600'

Peak wildflower bloom at Smock Prairie is typically from early April through the end of May, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-March until mid-June.*

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Photo albums: 2020

not bloomingSpring Basin Wilderness

Wheeler County, Oregon

Bureau of Land Management

Elevation: 1480'-2600'

Peak wildflower bloom at Spring Basin Wilderness is typically from mid-March through mid-May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until the end of May.*

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Photo albums: 2020

not bloomingStarvation Lane

Sherman County, Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon State Park & BLM

Elevation: 470'-1300'

Peak wildflower bloom at Starvation Lane is typically from late March through early May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until the end of May.*

Links:
Photo albums: 2021

not bloomingTygh Creek Trail

Wasco County, Oregon

Mt. Hood National Forest

Elevation: 2577'-5400'

Peak wildflower bloom on the Tygh Creek Trail is typically from early May through the end of June, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-April until mid-July.*

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Photo albums: 2020

not bloomingWhychus Canyon Preserve

Deschutes County, Oregon

Deschutes Land Trust

Elevation: 2780'-3137'

Peak wildflower bloom at Whychus Canyon Preserve is typically from late April through late June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until early July.*

Links:
Photo albums: 2019, 2021

* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.