What’s Happening in the Sonoran Desert During the Month of May!

What’s Happening in the Sonoran Desert During the Month of May!

Happy May everyone! If you’re like us you’ve been outside enjoying the sunshine with an extra layer of sunscreen. It’s definitely warmed up and will continue to do so. With these annual changes comes changes in the Sonoran Desert around us. After all, the Sonoran Desert is the hottest and most bio-diverse of the North American deserts!

If you haven’t already spotted a few of these keep your eyes peels this month for Mother Nature’s May performance!


Palo Verde & Ironwood Tree

You’ve probably already caught some of these blooming around town. The Palo Verde tree, who’s name translates in Spanish to “green stick” have unique green bark.  This green color comes from chlorophyll. Unlike most trees, this plant gets a lot of photosynthesizing done through its bark. Starting last month they began to bloom with their beautiful and bright yellow (& edible) flowers! The Iroonwood tree, (Our personal favorite!) bloom heavily with lavender flowers, typically in late May. The flowering period in each locality lasts only 10-18 days and occur about every other year so make sure you’re keeping an eye out!


Given their ability to store water, they are fairly independent of rain. They bloom well nearly every year though wetter years produce more flowers. The greatest diversity of spring-blooming species can be seen in April. The cactus show continues as the abundant prickly pears bloom in early May, followed by saguaros from mid May to mid June. – Source: Desert Museum


May is just as good a month as any to wildlife in our surrounding desert! With warming temperatures, look out for snakes and lizards warming themselves in the desert sun.



Don’t expect to see much water this month! May is historically dry, a trend that will carry us into the summer until we’re greeted by Monsoon Season in Mid-July through August. Temps will start increasing as well! Make sure you’re wearing sunscreen and a sun protection while enjoying the outdoors and as always bring and drink LOTS of water!


Know of other natural events happening this month?? Share them with us on Social media or shoot us an email at admin@ironwoodtreeexprience.org.

-Happy Hiking Everyone –