There’s a beautiful sign proclaiming that we had indeed arrived at the preserve, but there were no discernible trails. We flagged down the young Nature Conservancy fellow who happened to be passing by, and he told us to head for the blue-topped wooden things and to climb over the fence. So we did.
Basically, we just bushwhacked through the grasslands for several miles. The prairie doesn’t look like much from afar, but once you get into the midst of the grasses, the wildflowers make themselves known.
We found at least three-dozen species of flowers, including several that we had never before seen. With no trails, there were also obviously no signs identifying the flowers. But with a bit of research, I’ve managed to find out their names—prairie smoke, pink-fairy (or ragged robin), and monument plant (or elk weed) are a few of our new favorites.
Another 15 miles further along a winding dirt road took us to Buckhorn Overlook, in the Hell’s Canyon Recreation Area with views into Imnaha Canyon. We didn’t have to search for wildflowers at the overlook—they were right there, front and center. The opening photo is from the overlook. It’s an absolutely spectacular place.