Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Lancaster

(3.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state-protected reserve of California, USA, harboring the most consistent blooms of California poppies, the state flower. The reserve is located in the rural westside of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, west of Lancaster. The reserve is at an elevation ranging from 2600to above sea level in the Mojave Desert climate zone. The reserve is administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Other wildflowers within the reserve include the owl's clover, lupine, goldfields, cream cups and coreopsis.The reserveThe intense blooming season for the California poppy falls usually within late winter to early spring, during the months of mid-February through mid-May. Blooming seasons are dependent on the amount of rainfall during the winter to early spring seasons. Within the reserve, there are 7mi of trails, including a paved section for wheelchair access, which traverse through the poppy fields.In order to keep the fields in a strictly natural state, California State Parks does not water or stimulate the flowers. The park service also excludes sheep and cattle from grazing the hillsides. Until the early 1970s sheep once grazed the buttes in the western Antelope Valley. Pronghorn grazed long before then, until the railroad first arrived in 1876. With the exception of service dogs, pets are prohibited from the reserve. Under California state law, visitors are also prohibited from taking flowers away from the reserve.
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Reviews
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  • We have been going to the poppy reserve for many years. It is super colorful in a normally drab landscape. Of course, the best viewing is after a wet winter. Worth a drive out in the Spring. 
  • Orange poppies fill the vast hilly areas. Season is from mid-March to early may what is, where poppies are all wild. This is really not close and I don't know. Flowering was checked on the homepage of the sanctuary. Heading to the parking lot on the way the hill slopes are stained with orange, far away eyes clearly you can see. Admission is free but parking is paid. If our var cars at the parking lot of the Park, first went to the visitor center, coloring the map. There was some trails in surrounding hills, Sanctuary consists of two Fairmont Butte and Butte Antelope hills
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  • Great place to hike all year, no poppies right now but hopefully this spring. The park is open all day, and is easily accessible. The hiking trails start right at the parking lot, easy ones and longer...  more »
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  • The only thing missing at the poppy reserve are poppies! The website shows thousands of poppies but the land was dry and bare because of the drought. Let's cross our fingers for rain so the poppies bloom!
  • Poppies... Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they'll sleeeeep!
  • I love California Poppies. We visited in late march. And the blooms here are just jaw dropping. You stand in the field and there are orange flowers in all directions, sprinkled with a few purple and white and yellow flowers. Amazing. Best time to visit is march and early april but depends on winter rain and spring warmth.
  • Not the best time of Tuesday to go see the puppies whatever
  • Beautiful hiking with poppy flowers all over the hills and valleys. Seasonal. So check out website for state parks before visiting