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Super bloom gloom: Daffodil Hill closed the rest of this week due to rain

Daffodil Hill is about to open for 2019. We got a sneak peek with our drone

We take you on a visit to popular Amador County tourist destination Daffodil Hill one day before its grand opening for 2019. The McLaughlin ranch is expected to open Saturday, March 30. Late rains ruined its 2018 season.
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We take you on a visit to popular Amador County tourist destination Daffodil Hill one day before its grand opening for 2019. The McLaughlin ranch is expected to open Saturday, March 30. Late rains ruined its 2018 season.

Daffodil Hill will be closed Monday through at least the end of the week due to rain in the forecast, the ranch’s owners announced in a Facebook post late Sunday.

The Amador County destination, at 18310 Rams Horn Grade in Volcano, opened amid sunshine Saturday after some delays, but it will be dampened again by a pair of storms this week.

Those storms are light in Sacramento, but will drop heavier precipitation further north as well as closer to the Sierra range, National Weather forecasts show.

The ranch opens most years after winter rains cause various California fields to go into a “super bloom,” popping with gorgeous springtime colors and becoming an ideal spot for tourists and camera-happy visitors as the rains clear out.

Rain didn’t clear out quickly enough last year, and 2018’s Daffodil Hill season never came to be.

When it does open, Daffodil Hill has a short season of only a few weeks. Visiting hours are typically 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone planning a visit is encouraged to call 209-296-7048 and check Daffodil Hill’s Facebook page before doing so to ensure that it’s open.

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