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Wilting Under Pressure Of Blooming Crowds, Amador County’s Daffodil Hill Closes Indefinitely

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Thousands of visitors made the trek up to the foothills each spring to view the hillside covered with daffodils, but its owners say the crowds were overwhelming.

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

One of the most visited attractions in Amador County, Daffodil Hill, is closing thanks to its own popularity.

Thousands of visitors made the trek up to the foothills each spring to view the hillside covered with daffodils of all sizes and colors. Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan says his family carried on the tradition for 80 years, planting 300,000 bulbs on 36 acres near the town of Volcano.

But Ryan says the beauty and popularity of the hill led to its demise. It will now be closed to visitors indefinitely.

“The crowds were overwhelming,” he said. “Any option we have doesn’t fix the problem … the amount of parking we have available, the size of the hill itself, and particularly the infrastructure, small country roads that lead to it.” 

Daffodil Hill in Amador County is closing to visitors indefinitely.Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

 

Ryan says the crowded roads often meant a two-hour wait in line, which also presented a concern for emergency vehicles. 

The hill was only open for one weekend this year because of poor weather.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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