PERIDOT MESA SAN CARLOS APACHE TRIBAL LANDS, ARIZONA
The name "Peridot" derives from the presence of the olive green gemstones found in the basalt rock found atop aptly-named Peridot Mesa. Some esimates sugggest that the San Carlos Indian Reservation holds the world's largest deposit of the August birthstone and consistently produces a supbstanial amount of the world's commercial-grade supply of this stone.
While only members of the tribe may mine for the prized mineral, those visiting Peridot Mesa in search of wildflowers in late February through early April will find their own gems-that is, expansive blankets of Mexican gold poppies dotted by the lupin, desert-chicory, and blue dick across rolling hillsides as far as the eye can see. Arrive late in the morning and enjoy the "Color"!
Credit: Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
IMPORTANT AREA INFORMATION
Where to find the wildflowers? The mesa is located east of Globe, Arizona on the San Carlos Reservation. The area can be best accessed via US-70 near Coolidge Dam Road. For those who love wildflowers, Peridot Mesa is a must-visit destination in Arizona. The mesa is one of the Grand Canyon state's most popular hot spots for wildflower viewing. But before you go, here are a couple of things you need to know.
When the temps start to rise on the Peridot Mesa, that also can trigger snake season. So just be careful and listen to your surroundings. It is also recommended you wear closed toed shoes and heavy pants when you visit. We want everyone to be safe and have an enjoyable time!
You will need a permit!
Since the Peridot Mesa is located on San Carlos Tribal Lands, visitors will need to purchase a permit to travel to the wildflower spot. Permits are $10 each and can be purchased at one of the following two locations:
San Carlos Apache Tribe Recreation
and Wildlife Office
Peridot, AZ 85542
Phone: (928) 475-2343
Globe, AZ 85501
Phone: (928) 425-5114
1501 E. Ash St. Globe