Your early summer excursions may be dampened by the snow across the trails in the high country; however, the wise Utah excursionist will learn to adapt and take advantage of the particular benefits that each season has to offer. Spring in the Sevier valley in the heart of the Paiute Trail is no exception; it has many benefits to offer.  Spring and early summer is an excellent time to ride the south Monroe Mountain– Elbow Ranch Loop near Marysvale Utah and the Paiute ATV Trail in search of wildflowers.  For those of you who are looking for Paiute Trail numbers; it would be trail 02 east out of Marysvale and right to trail 25 to a left on trail 01 and then a left on trail 02 back to Marysvale. 

    In Spring, there are many trails like this one  open along the foothills beneath the high mountain ranges of the Paiute Trail area.  These trails can lead you through a  continuous studio showcase of natural wildflower art that may be one of your most memorable days in the area if you make the effort.  The season for these valley wildflowers start in late April through the first part of June.  The end of May seems to be the time when these flowers  are usually at their peak. This is the time I would recommend to see them in the lower elevations. All the photos in this story were taken during the last week of May. 

  The bright orange fields of desert globe-mallow just south of the old Elbow Ranch are one of these.  The desert globe-mallow has a small cupped bright orange flower with a bright yellow center and is distantly related to the familiar potted geranium.

Another highlight at this time and place is the Utah State flower, the Sego Lily.  This root of this native species was dug and eaten by the native Paiutes bands who frequented these areas in by-gone days. It sports a 3 pedal white tulip-like flower with yellow and red center. The well-known Indian Paintbrush can usually be found together at the same time and place as the Sego Lily.

The cacti blooms come mostly in two basic species.  One small barrel- shaped species comes in clumps and has a blood-red cupped flower with a yellow center.  The Prickly Pear subspecies are of particular interest. There are three main colors that we have been able to identify. The bright pink-red, the yellow and the rare in-between orange blossoms are all to be found here.  Sometimes the different colors appear to be in the same plant but close examination will reveal separate plants growing closely together.  It would be an interesting study  to find out how the different prickly pear colors genetically inter-twine. 

The desert primrose with its showy delicate petals can cover acres at a time in certain places along these sage brush corridors and is a must see for the wildflower lover.

There are many other beautiful flowers to be seen on a spring excursions like this;  way too many to highlight. This article describes generally when you need to come and ride the lower valleys of the Paiute Trail  to see these flowers.  If you would like some free advice on how to get to the ATV trail and to these specific locations where these photographs were taken then contact me and I will be glad to help you.

Spring Wildflowers on the Paiute Trail

Red cactus


“Spring is a good time for Wildflowers on the Utah Desert”

Barrel Cactus clump

Sego Lily, the Utah State Flower

Mixed Pink and Yellow blooming Prickly Pear

Indian Paint-brush flourishes

The mysterious and rare orange Prickly Pear

Cluster of the yellow-variation Prickly Pear blooms

Daughter Tamara relaxes in a field of desert Primrose with part of the Paiute Trail in the background.

Unknown little plant with yellow trumpet bloom and succulent-like powder-green leaves. Please contact me if you can identify this plant for me. 


( Christian Desenfant from France identified this recently as ‘Chambers Twinpod’  or Physaria Chambersii, Thanks Christian)

Spring Desert Globe-mallow and Cactus Blooms along the lower trail.

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Grand-daughter Cassidy playing in a field of Globe-mallow.

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Recap of advantages of renting a cabin at Bullion Creekside Retreat …


->  Large, newer cabin new quality furniture, western décor and all the amenities on 8 private acres. No crowds to deal with at this retreat.


->  Private and secluded away from town up the canyon yet conveniently close to get supplies or eat out. It is situated in a beautiful mid-elevation riparian habitat of ponderosa pines, cottonwoods and meadows with fantastic open views of the mountains to East and the West.  The Fish Lake National Forest is nearby.


->  Many wild animals right around the cabin including chipmunks, squirrels, hummingbirds, native songbirds, trout, mule deer, wild turkeys, and feral peacocks.


->  Beautiful wildflower rock gardens.


->  Complete playground with tether-ball, foosball, horseshoes, beautiful creek, meadows, and secluded meadows.  Kids can ride bicycles on our  private loop road without worry.


->  You can hear the creek from the window and there is no highway noise


->  It is only a few yards from the Bullion Creekside Retreat gate to the main trail to Bullion Canyon Falls and direct access to the Paiute ATV Trail and all its spur trails that you can ride to without trailering.  In 4 minutes on your ATV you can be in the prime riding trails west of Marysvale in Bullion Canyon of Gold.


->  The outdoor eating area large enough to congregate your friends for a barbeque, etc.


->  Two large view decks with afternoon and morning shade. Tremendous views of the Tushars to the West and Monroe Mountains to the East.


->  Knowledgeable, friendly outdoors-loving hosts that live on-site that regularly ride all the trails in the area  who will  treat you like visiting friends. We can advise on all your outdoor activities, including trail knowledge and fishing.


->  Internet access available via wireless network or via our computer in our office.


->  Free equipment to loan for local excursions. This includes day packs, full-size backpacks, fishing poles, and snowshoes.


->  Two TVs and a DVD player available for loan in the cabin


->  Many locations around the valley have poor or no cell phone reception, however most cell phones get 2 or 3 bars from our cabin deck .



Our GPS coordinates are:  38° 25.920'N ,112° 16.071'W

   Note from guest Stephanie Caine and party from Texas:

First of all we want to thank you for your hospitality. Your place is beautiful and both of you are wonderful people. We came to Utah for the first time this year and will definitely be back—to stay with you. Excellent accommodations and wonderful recommendations for trail riding. We ride every year in Colorado and we were all challenged this trip on the Paiute Trail. We all smile the whole way. I am an internet junkie and will give you an awesome review on Trip Advisor. Great meeting you both ! Keep up the good work ! Your place is awesome ! Thank you again from San Angelo, Texas.

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