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July has been unusually mild and wet so far, but the foggy weather has a way of making colors pop. Patches of scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) are blooming along roadsides in the Paradise area. Scarlet paintbrush can be bright red, but can range in color to orange or even yellow in rare cases! Peak bloom in the meadows is probably still a few weeks off, but a driving tour of the park is a good way to view wildflowers.
Parking at Paradise and Sunrise typically fills by 11am. Visitors may encounter long waits at entrance stations. Plan accordingly. Come early or late in the day to avoid the heaviest congestion. Bring your back-up plan. -tp