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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve
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Current Bloom Status: 3/29/15
Wildflower bloom timing and intensity varies greatly each year, and this year our season started and ended a month earlier than usual. We've had a lot of heat over the last few weeks, and there are only a few flowers left along some of the trails and near the spring on the North Poppy Loop.
However, the weather has been beautiful, the views are amazing, and visitors have enjoyed the beauty of the reserve despite the summer-like scenery. If it's not windy, be prepared for the tiny black beetles that pollinate the poppies- they like white shirts and you might want to bring bug repellent (don't worry, if they bite you, it's barely noticeable). April is typically the time of our peak bloom, but nature is always unpredictable and we don't expect it to improve for the rest of the season.
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Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through late May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.
Eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills, including a paved section for wheelchair access, make the park a wonderful place to hike and explore any season. Get away from the city and relax in the quietude of the countryside, with only the birds singing and hawks gliding silently overhead. Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for wildlife, such as singing meadow larks, lizards zipping across the trail, gopher snakes and rattlesnakes. If you're lucky, you may spot a coyote or bobcat. Numerous burrows around the trails may house mice, gophers, kangaroo rats, beetles, scorpions, or others.
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The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center offers wildflower and wildlife exhibits, an orientation video, a gallery of Jane's botanical watercolor paintings, and a gift shop benefiting our non-profit association. The Center is only open during the spring wildflower season and for special events; our spring closing date will be the end of April.
Shaded picnic tables are available on a first-come/first-served basis year-round, with an interpretive display and a serene view over the valley to the San Gabriel Mountains.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily year-round.
Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center:
Weekends: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cash or check only:
$10 per vehicle
$9 per vehicle with a senior on board (62 and over)
$5 per vehicle with DPR Disabled Discount Card (see below)
Small busses (9-24 passengers): $50
Large busses (25 or more passengers): $100
School Groups: Vehicle entrance for K-12 school groups is free with advance registration faxed to (661) 946-6116 (See below regarding tour reservations).
Same-Day free entry: Parking fee receipts are valid for entrance on the same day to any other California State Park charging the same or lower rates; entrance is free for those camping at a California State Park.
Park Passes: Click here for information on applying for our Golden Poppy, Annual Day-Use, Disabled Discount, Distinguished Veterans, and Golden Bear Passes.
Free public tours are offered daily at:
11 a.m. on weekdays
10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on weekends.
Please note, tours are dependent on staff availability may be cancelled without notice.
Private tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged for weekdays. Tours must be reserved a minimum of 2 weeks in advance by emailing Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov.
Tours are free for non-profits, clubs, and school groups. For-profit groups and tour companies will be charged $5 per person in advance, in addition to parking fees paid on arrival. Carpooling is recommended.
More about the Reserve
The Antelope Valley is located in the western Mojave Desert at an elevation ranging from 2600--3000 feet, making it a high desert environment.
This State Natural Reserve is located on California's most consistent poppy-bearing land. Other wildflowers: owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few, share the desert grassland to produce a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring. As unpredictable as nature - the intensity and duration of the wildflower bloom varies yearly. California State Parks does not water or use any other means to stimulate the flowers; the land is preserved to only be influenced by the natural forces that had once influenced all of our surroundings. The broad views of this landscape provide eyefuls of brilliant wildflower colors and fragrance. Whether you most enjoy expansive fields or the close-up study of a single flower, this is the place to visit.
Location - Directions
The Reserve is located 15 miles west of Lancaster at 15101 Lancaster Road.
From Highway 14: Take the Avenue I exit and head west 15 miles. Avenue I becomes Lancaster Road.
From I-5: Take Hwy 138 east and turn right on 170th Street West. Make a left at the end, onto Lancaster Road. Follow the road two miles.
Latitude/Longitude: 34.72482 N, 118.41271 W
Make A Day Of It!
Your Day-Use entry ticket is valid for entry on the same day to any other California State Park charging the same or lower rates. Camping fees are also valid for any other California State Park the next day.
While visiting the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, we also suggest you visit the Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, located seven miles west of the Poppy Reserve just past 210th Street West. Here you will see a native Joshua Tree and Juniper woodland, one of the few left of this habitat which once spread across the Antelope Valley. In favorable conditions, Joshua Trees bloom with soft white artichoke-shaped flowers. There is a short self-guided nature trail located at the park and information panels about the woodland, and it's a haven for local wildlife so keep your camera ready. Admission is free and dogs are allowed on-leash. Watch for the sign on Lancaster Road and park along the fenceline; the pedestrian walk-through is adjacent to the locked vehicle gate on the north side of the road.
Saddleback Butte State Park is 32 miles east, with a Joshua Tree/creosote habitat that offers different wildflowers than the Poppy Reserve. The park features camping, hiking, picnic tables, and a visitor center.
Red Rock Canyon State Park, 60 miles north, is the location of dramatic colorful cliffs that have been featured in hundreds of movies, TV shows, and commercials. Take the Abbot Road exit of Hwy 14 for the campground, main picnic area, and visitor center.
For more information about all the California State Parks in the Tehachapi District, click on the link to the right.
Available Activities and Facilities at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Drinking Water Available