We thought that it would be fun to take a trip to enjoy all the desert wild flowers that are so abundant in the St George area this time of year. The Red Cliff National Recreation Area is near Leeds, on the Freeway before you go up the hill to Cedar City. It was a very good choice There are several fun trails to hike. The small meandering stream makes small pools and waterfalls as it descends to the valley below.
The wild flowers were in their best as the weather has warmed and we have had several rain storms the last few days
There was a large Tree Cholla on the trail. It is rather rare in this part of Utah.
The Scarlet Hedgenette grows near the stream where it is shady and moist.
The color of the Globe Mallow is exceptional, the plant has many many flowers and loves the Heat and Sun. They grow in large groups.
If a person looks in and around the sage type of brush you will find some Desert Primrose peeking out
The Desert Marigold is very abundant and in some locations make the whole hillside turn yellow.
It is truly amazing what the desert can look like when nature's best is all dressed up at this time of year.