Our Top Wildflower Day Trips

Our Top Wildflower Day Trips

Wild about wildflowers? Follow our favorite routes — and discover a few other stops along the way — for picture-worthy fields of flowers.

While a mostly dry winter may not produce the profusion of color seen last year, it shouldn’t diminish the fun of seeking out picture-worthy fields of flowers.

Indian Blankets, or Indian Firewheels as they are sometimes called, are a beautiful reminder of spring. Here, a naturally pink color variant enjoys the sun's rays.

Most roads leading out of San Antonio are great options for seeing wildflowers, from the easy access interstate highways to the more adventurous, off-the-beaten pathways of county roads where more rustic displays of wild color can be found.

In fact, there are two Hill Country routes with great destinations:

  • Head north on Highway 281 toward the US 290 intersection and head east to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on the southwest edge of Austin. Enjoy the roadside wildflowers getting there, then be sure to check out their Homeowner Inspiration Gardens, beautiful and great for inspiring gardening ideas worth bringing back home.
  • Heading west on I-10 towards Boerne, stop by the Cibolo Nature Center, where walking trails along Cibolo Creek are great for connecting with nature and learning about sustainable gardening.

And, a southern route to explore:

  • I-35 south towards Laredo is more than just 18-wheelers making their way to and from the border. This stretch offers plenty of opportunities for wildflower seekers, from the Post Savannah Oaks that stretch between San Antonio and Moore to the thorn brush country beyond — colorful variety abounds. Lookout for bluebonnets (of course), Indian blankets, white prickly poppies, flowering shrubs and cacti.

Wildflower Sightings and Wildflower Report can help you plan your wildflower adventures. And if you’ve taken some great wildflower photos, email them to us. You just might see them in our wildflower gallery.

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Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System. Since joining SAWS in 2007 his duties have focused on residential water use. He works with his Conservation colleagues to help customers find ways to reduce outdoor usage without compromising the health and aesthetic quality of their landscapes. Juan also coordinates engaging outreach efforts with SAWS’ conservation partners -- Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – to increase community access to vital conservation information.