Sunrise to Sunset daily year-round.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve
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 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 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 meadow larks, lizards, and gopher snakes. If you're lucky, you may spot a coyote or bobcat. Numerous burrows around the trails may shelter mice, gophers, kangaroo rats, beetles, scorpions, or others.
Download our trail map.
Check out our YouTube video.
The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center is open March 1st through Mother's Day, with 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 Interpretive Center is only open during the spring wildflower bloom and for special events.
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.
$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 or scanned and emailed (See below regarding tour reservations). Fee waiver only applies to schools and homeschool groups; other school-age groups and organizations do not qualify.
Same-Day free entry: Parking fee receipts are valid for entrance on the same day to any other local 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.
Group tours (minimum of 10 people) may be arranged by email. Tours for schools and not-for-profit groups are free; for-profit groups are $5 per person. Day-use entrance fees still apply (see above for waiving K-12 school entrance fees)
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.
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. A State Park camping receipt is also valid for entry to any other California State Park the next day.
While visiting the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, we also suggest you visit Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, located seven miles west of the Poppy Reserve just past 205th 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 are two self-guided nature trails 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; park on Lancaster Road and enter through the pedestrian walk-through gate on the north side of the road.
Saddleback Butte State Park is 32 miles east, with a Joshua Tree/creosote habitat that features different species of wildflowers than the Poppy Reserve. The park offers 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 Ricardo Campground and picnic area, and the visitor center.
Click for information about all of the California State Parks in the Tehachapi District.
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
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