If you're looking for the best of all possible retreats during California's wildflower season, think Wilbur Hot Springs. Off road, off the grid, outta sight and (nearly) outta mind. Bear Valley Road, the dusty and magical trail that leads to Wilbur Hot Springs, provides spectacular displays of California wildflowers. Once you make the turn off Highway 20, you'll know you've stumbled upon something special.
More than 16,000 acres of open space are protected by the American Land Conservancy around Colusa County's Bear Valley. In spring, California wildflowers grow in profusion California wildflowers grow in profusion in this most blessed region of California's Central Valley, internationally known for the quantity and diversity of its blooms. Orange poppies, yellow tidytips, purple lupine, owl's clover, and rare adobe lilies are just some of the wildflower delights.
And birders...well, you won't be forgotten throughout the spring and the other three seasons! Recent sightings include: bald eagles, great blue heron, pileated woodpeckers, belted kingfishers, gold finches, blue birds, and a variety of hawks including red tails, northern harriers, and American kestrals.
You will leave a world of cares behind when you make this trek to Wilbur Hot Springs and Bear Valley. I will be able to tell you the "Rest of the Story" when this open-space, back-road wanderer makes the journey in late April to witness all these natural wonders. What a life!