Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Lancaster

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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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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  • The California poppy is the state flower of California and you can find it every April in Lancaster,CA at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. A whole mountain of orange flowers will greet yo...  read more »
  • The poppies are seasonal. This year we saw them in March and they were so colorful to see at Anteloope Valley California Poppy Reserve. When one gets off the freeway there are signs that point the way...  read more »
  • I try to go here every year when I can. It's beautiful when the poppies are in full bloom. You can hike up the mountain for the best view. You will see many people out and about. 
  • 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.
  • Beautiful hiking with poppy flowers all over the hills and valleys. Seasonal. So check out website for state parks before visiting
  • When it's a rainy season the fields are spectacular. Drive over to the Rock Inn for lunch. Good food
  • April-2016: No poppies (there more in my neighbors yard - which is tiny). Big waste of time. The whole place has been taken over by some weed-grass.
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