The high desert of the Wild Mountain area is in its early spring bloom. The photo above is a panorama taken from 8600 feet, looking down on Diamond Plateau with Split Mountain in the background just to the right of center.
Springbeauty carpeted the ground at 7500 feet. This flower is one of the first to bloom after the snow melts.
We also saw phlox,
On the hillsides at around 8000 feet, barrel cactus offered unexpected beauty.
Beetles took advantage of its nourishment.
Amost back to our trailhead, we saw this group of young bucks, apparently a bachelor herd. Their velvety antlers are growing. The one on the right seems to have only one antler. I wonder if the lady deer will scorn him for being lopsided...