Spring is fast approaching in the high desert.
As the daylight hours grow longer, signs of the shifting season can be seen popping up across the region. The desert will soon be met with a succession of wildflower blooms, starting with tiny yellow goldfields in March, white-petaled sand lilies in April and pale pink bitterroot in May. Along with this quintessential springtime phenomenon, ancient junipers green up in response to increased sunlight and snowmelt-fed rivers rush through secluded desert canyons, making the Central Oregon Backcountry one of the most spectacular areas in the high desert to experience the start of spring.
Here are three trails to visit to welcome the return of warmer days.