Street Address
15101 Lancaster Rd
Lancaster, CA 93536
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296
phone: 916-653-6995
e-mail: info@parks.ca.gov
web: www.parks.ca.gov
Hours
The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily year-round.
Admissions

Parking Fees: see website

Dogs are NOT allowed, with the exception of trained service animals. Comfort animals are not permitted. Animals cannot be left alone in cars; there is no shaded parking and vehicles quickly heat to fatal temperatures. We request that trained service dogs wear distinguishing markers to avoid misleading other visitors.

Mojave green rattlesnakes are active in the daytime when it's warm, and in the evenings on hot days. They are not aggressive and will not attack unless startled or threatened; they rattle their tail to alert you of their presence and avoid a confrontation. If you encounter one on a trail, give it space and it will most likely move out of your way. Alert staff if it is curled up adjacent to the trail. Rattlesnakes are an important part of the food web and are also protected; without them, rodents would overpopulate and consume the flowers that you came to see.

Safety outside the reserve: Rattlers are common in wildflower fields throughout the valley, and people running into fields for a picture among the poppies encounter rattlesnakes every year. Walk slowly in fields to give rattlers a chance to alert you, and watch where you step. Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs is highly recommended. Be aware that all lands adjacent to the Poppy Reserve are private property.

Services
Group Tours
Staff
Bev Roths, President
phone: 805-942-0662
Marsha Neill, Poppy Reserve Volunteer

Description

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.

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.

Artifacts Collections

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES

  • Historical/Cultural Site
  • Picnic Areas
  • Env. Learning/Visitor Center
  • Exhibits and Programs
  • Guided Tours g
  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Vista Point
  • Nature & Wildlife Viewing
  • Museums
  • Family Programs
  • Geocachin

Facilities

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.

Services

Tours

Private group tours for 10 or more may be reserved for weekdays (M-F). Tours must be reserved a minimum of 2 weeks in advance by emailing Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov.

Tours are free for not-for-profit organizations and clubs, and school groups. For-profit groups and tour companies will be charged $5 per person in advance, in addition to the parking fees which are paid on arrival.

Group Tours