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Super Bloom: Top Wildflower Spots around San Luis Obispo

Spring has sprung in San Luis Obispo and thanks to lots of rain this winter, California is lucky enough to be experiencing a spectacular “super bloom” and it’s happening right now. This newsworthy natural event is attracting visitors and locals alike to venture out to the wildflower fields. Complementing the vibrant green landscape, you can spot pops of orange, purple and yellow throughout the rolling hills, creating quite a majestic experience.

Thousands of people are flocking to the Carrizo Plain National Monument in Santa Margarita, which is currently coated in daisies, goldfields and some baby blue eyes. Located about an hour and a half east of San Luis Obispo, the Carrizo Plain National Monument is a bucket list place to visit with its expansive colorful landscapes.

Also east of San Luis Obispo near Santa Margarita, people have been stopping to see baby blue eye wildflowers that have been covering Shell Creek Road. Right in our own backyard, though, various wildflowers have been sprinkling some of San Luis Obispo’s hillsides. While you’re there, officials across the state are encouraging tourists to stay mindful of mother nature’s beauty, making sure not to crush flowers and damage the beautiful landscape.

Top Spots in San Luis Obispo to See Wildflowers

Discover the top spots to see wildflowers and California poppies around San Luis Obispo today. Plan your visit to San Luis Obispo this spring to capture these memorable moments.

  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Cerro San Luis Obispo
  • Irish Hills Natural Reserve
  • Johnson Ranch Open Space
  • Laguna Lake Park
  • Ontario Ridge Trail
  • Prefumo Canyon Road
  • Reservoir Canyon Trail
  • Shell Creek Road
  • South Hills Open Space

Super Bloom Buzz in San Luis Obispo

Both visitors and locals alike have taken to social to share their breathtaking photographs of magical spots in San Luis Obispo and the Carrizo Plain. Check out some of my favorites, aggregated from #ShareSLO! Be sure to share your epic photos with #ShareSLO for the chance to be featured on @ShareSLO, too.


Photo of green hillside covered in vibrant gold wildflowers.
Photo // @Kelsodune
Location // Carrizo Plain, San Luis Obispo County


Image of beaming white wildflowers covering a field off of Shell Beach Road.
Photo // @ShutteringBeauty
Location // Shell Creek Road, San Luis Obispo


Image of hillside covered in vibrant yellow flowers.
Photo // @sas001
Location // San Luis Obispo


Photo of golden wildflowers in field.
Photo // @kiplo_photo
Location // San Luis Obispo


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