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Elsmere Canyon
This is a lush canyon with a beautiful stream that runs in the winter and spring. You'll see a beautiful waterfall and an abundance of canyon views. If you take the loop trail, there is a mini rock porthole at the top which provides a magnificent photo opportunity. Deer are common in this area as well.

Los Pinetos
For the giant broad-leaved lupine, giant lotus, and other wildflowers in the spring, plus the rare Arizona ash. Bear and mountain lion have also been seen in the vicinity. You might even get a glimpse of the elusive condor!

Mentryville
Restored buildings and antique oil town relics are the thing to photograph here. The canyon is also filled with the elusive Mariposa lilies in the spring as well as other wildflowers. Deer, badger, and mountain lions can sometimes be seen in this canyon. Bear tracks have also been spotted.

Towsley Canyon
A myriad of wildflowers bloom from early spring to early summer. The area has lots of deer and the occasional mountain lion. On the upper trail around June you will find the rare chocolate lilies growing!

Vasquez Rocks
Vasquez rocks offers unusual rock formations and, in the spring, fields of Goldfields. Coyotes and rattlesnakes are also common!

Walker Ranch
For fields of Blue Dicks (flowers) and other wildflowers in the spring, and for amber waves of grain in the summer to fall. If you love birds, there are a lot of birds in the walker ranch area to see, including the Acorn Woodpecker. From Walker Ranch, if you continue up the waterfall trail you might see Indian Pinks and Humbolt lilies, plus a canyon completely enveloped in wild California Grape Vines. It looks like an Elfin Forest! And of course, there is a magnificent waterfall in the spring and after rains.

Whitney Canyon
Incredible wildflowers including the Humbolt lily, tons of Indian Paintbrush and Scarlet Monkey Flower. There are several great waterfalls in the spring to early summer.

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