Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve


Location:15 miles west of Lancaster on Avenue I.
Facilities:Picnic areas, hiking and nature trails (8 miles), restrooms, visitor center, exhibits (é).
Activities:Hiking, wildflower photography, guided tours, interpretive program (seasonal).
Special Features:After winter and spring rains, this high-desert reserve is transformed into fields of golden poppies and other wildflowers. The wildflower season generally lasts from mid-March through mid-May, but the park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Visitors should be prepared for very high winds and should be aware of the high numbers of Mojave Green rattlesnakes in this area.
Address:c/o Inland Empire District Office
17801 Lake Perris Dr
Perris, CA 92571

Phone:661-724-1180
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=627
Size: 1,781 acres.

See other parks in California.
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One of the most striking flowery sites, shown in the book, is a fabulous display of Californian Poppies, a river of red petals gushing across the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
4 MOJAVE DESERT An easy day trip from Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve lives up to its name with spectacular (and dependable) blooms that repaint the desert grasslands with vivid oranges and yellows.
Flowering meccas from the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near San Diego would also close.
Through the First Solar sponsorship, the Buddy Bison program will be launched this fall and will enable students to have hands-on experiences in the following California parks: Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
Poppies the previous two years were hobbled by drought, but this year's wildflower bloom, thanks to rains coming at the right time, is being described as remarkable, especially at the state's Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve 15 miles west of Lancaster, local flower watchers say.
Still, Steve Edwards considers the area around the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve a classic valley wildflower display, not only because it is a botanical melting pot, with wildflowers from the San Joaquin Valley and coastal hills mingling with those of the desert, but also because "it's so incredible you just can't ignore it.
From I-5 north of Los Angeles, take State 14 to Lancaster, then go west on Avenue I (which becomes Lancaster Road) to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
The group sold small bricks painted gold on street corners to raise money to buy land for the city's first library and helped raise money to buy land for what is now the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
This wedge of high desert, probably the best place to see poppies in California, includes the l,700-acre Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve with its 8 1/2 miles of trails.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, 15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster; state park office, (661) 942-0662; poppy reserve visitors center, (661) 724-1180.
The center -- in a downtown Tehachapi storefront -- gets its rent money from gift shop proceeds at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which had few visitors last spring because of the poor wildflower season.
LANCASTER -- The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve will open tonight for star- and shooting-star viewing hosted by the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club.