8 tips for desert wildflower spectators

Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 11:04:55-04

BORREGO SPRINGS (CNS) - Huge crowds flocking to the East County desert in search of blooming flowers prompted the San Diego County Sheriff's department to issue a traffic advisory for the Borrego Springs area.

"The recent rain storms have created quite a sight in the Borrego Springs area, a desert wildflower bloom that hasn't been this vibrant in years,'' Sgt. Brian Jenkins said. "The bloom is also attracting huge crowds which has lead to traffic problems on roadways in and around Borrego Springs.''

The sheriff's Rural Command issued tips for anyone planning a trip to Borrego Springs to see the wildflower bloom in the coming weeks.

  • Follow all instructions given by sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement agencies related to the traffic situation in Borrego Springs
  • Try visiting the area during the week when there are fewer crowds
  • If you plan on visiting during a weekend, expect traffic delays up to several hours on roads leading in and out of Borrego Springs
  • Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the road. Find a legal spot to park on the side of the road or in a parking lot
  • Respect private property. Anyone caught damaging or parking on private property will be cited -- Pick up any trash you have and dispose of it properly
  • Come prepared by bringing plenty of water, food/snacks and make sure your cell phone is fully charged
  • Check the pressure on your vehicle's tires before the drive out to Borrego Springs
  • In the event of an emergency, dial 911 or call the sheriff's department at (858) 5655200

"The Sheriff's Department thanks everyone for their cooperation and patience while dealing with the traffic in Borrego Springs,'' Jenkins said. "Enjoy the wildflower bloom and stay safe.''