Spring Wildflowers in Lompoc
Take a Trip to Lompoc for California Wildflowers in Bloom
Lompoc, California blooms big in springtime with wildflower on the hillsides, vineyards budding with blooms, and emerald green hills to explore by car, bike, or on a hike. While nature can be a bit unpredictable, we expect this season’s wildflowers to bloom late March through April.
Here are our top five local Scenic Roads & Hiking Spots:
Travelling north by car from So Cal? Veer off the 101 onto Highway 1, just past Gaviota Pass, and explore this take-your-breath-away scenic route that bring you into the heart of Lompoc. You’ll cruise by emerald green hillsides, cattle ranches, and fields of poppies and lupine. Be sure to pull off onto the shoulder if you want to snap some photos.
Santa Rosa Road
One of our prettiest country roads, Santa Rosa Road meanders through the Sta. Rita Hills wine appellation, past vineyards, farm fields, ranches, and spring wildflowers in bloom. Be sure to stop at Sanford Winery & Vineyards for the ultimate wine tasting experience. Sanford was the first to plant vineyards in Santa Barbara County over 40 years ago, and is home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines. You may recognize Sanford from the 2004 hit movie Sideways (2004) that made Pinot the must taste wine.
Just off Highway 1, south of Lompoc, is Jalama Road – a slow, scenic 14.5 mile drive to the coast and Jalama Beach County Park. In springtime, poppies bloom on the hillsides, and mustard fields are abundant. When you get to the end of the road, you’ll see yellow Coreopsis gigantea on the bluff, with picturesque Jalama Beach below. Come hungry, and enjoy a world-famous Jalama Burger grilled at Jalama Beach Store. Afterwards, stroll the beach or take a short hike.
Drum Canyon Road
East of Lompoc on Route 246, turn north onto Drum Canyon Road. When conditions are right, it’s bursting with spring wildflowers, and a lovely drive on a meandering country road. Be sure to stop at Dierberg-Starlane Winery & Vineyards along the way. The tasting room is open 7 days, from 11 am to 5 pm, and features Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah.
La Purisima Mission State Park
Twenty-five miles of trails make La Purisima Mission State Historic Park a popular spot for day hikes and wildflower viewing. The main trail winds up to the cross above the mission, and provides wonderful views of the surrounding wilderness and the mission below. It then follows the fence line and loops around to the main loop which connects with the original mission road – El Camino Real. It’s an easy five-mile hike; dogs and horses welcome.