The desert will soon come alive with the vibrancy of spring as the wildflowers bloom and transform the Coachella Valley into a colorful canvas. The best place to celebrate them is at the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, which is held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert.
In addition to great wildflower viewing and beautiful art, the festival will feature sand sculpting, a Kids’ Zone, a 5k trail run, mountain biking, and interpretive hikes. There will be raffles, vendors, exhibitors, and live music provided by The Arrangements in the beer and wine garden, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.
The Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival is hosted by the Friends of the Desert Mountains – a 501(c)3 nonprofit that, with volunteer and donor support, provides a variety of ways for valley residents and visitors alike to both enjoy and sustain the rugged, natural beauty of the National Monument and Coachella Valley. Programs include: guided hikes, adult and youth education, citizen science, trail maintenance, and weed removal, habitat, scenic, and cultural resource preservation, and much, much, more.
The Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center is located off Highway 74 in Palm Desert. Admission and parking are free for the festival. Shuttles will run from St. Margaret’s Church on Highway 74 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. There is no onsite parking.
About Friends of the Desert Mountains
Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the area’s conservation land resources. The Friends’ mission is to preserve land; support education, conservation and research in the Coachella Valley; and act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. For more information, call (760) 568-9918.
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