We all dream of running through fields of blooming flowers, preferably in long fairytale dresses and 1800s tailcoats. Though living out these daydreams may seem farfetched, the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces have poppies that are blooming right now so you can finally live out your storybook dreams of twirling through endless blankets of bright flowers.
The Organ Mountains lie just 10 miles out from Las Cruces, New Mexico. The mountain range shows off its massive fields of poppies every springtime around this time.
The flowers are Mexican gold poppies, a close cousin to the iconic California poppy.
The Mexican variety is also known as Amapola del Campo (or “poppy of the countryside”), and they grow proficiently on hillsides, as well as in deserts and grasslands across the USA's Southwest and the northern part of Mexico.
The poppies bloom in such intense numbers along the mountain range due to the hillside runoff that provides them with extra needed moisture.
This is the most beautiful surprise after the long and dreary winter that kills off most of the area's greenery and flowers.
Locals are keen on taking photos in the region's spectacular fields every year.
A quick peek on Instagram shows that visitors and locals have already visited the bright yellow spot throughout March and the location looks incredible.
Though you'll see many poppies on the foothills of the Organ Mountains, you can also spot them on many Southwest stretches of land and off the sides of highways.
A good part of US 70 heading up from Las Cruces is usually splashed with yellow, as are areas along I-25 north of Doña Ana and the eastern side of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso.
The poppies are seasonal and may not last into the summer. If you decide to go, just be mindful of others and keep a good distance from strangers. Though that should be easy with how vast and plentiful the fields are!
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