Wildflower Bloom Areas Are Closed In California Due To Terrible Visitor Behavior

If you’ve been planning a visitor to California’s wildflower fields to catch this year’s poppy bloom, you might want to reschedule.

Officials at Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore, California have issued a statement saying that the blooming fields of golden poppies have been closed to visitors due to “unbearable” conditions caused by irresponsible tourists in the past few days.

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Over the weekend, a park employee was the victim of a hit and run perpetrated by a visitor. Another visitor was bitten by a rattlesnake, and some tourists scrambled up flowering hills in inappropriate footwear, causing them to slide down and destroy hundreds of flowers.

Officials have closed access to the poppy areas until further notice.