The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is a special site known for its profuse wildflower blooms. The land is protected so that nature can do its thing here without any interference from humans. This incredible natural display varies from year to year. In addition to California poppies you will also see owl's clover, fiddleneck, goldfields, lacy phacelia, and several other varieties of wildflowers. The peak bloom occurs between mid-March and April each year, and the quantity and type of bloom is heavily dependent on winter rainfall.
From the trails visitors can get both an up-close look at individual flowers and a broad perspective of acres and acres of rolling hills alive with color. The impossibly bright orange swaths covering the hillsides is truly a sight to behold. Each dip and rise of the trail brings a different perspective and a different variety of colors. Nature does an incredible job of creating beautiful bouquets along the trail. For information on the best flower viewing on any particular day, stop into the visitor center and talk with a volunteer. They will point you in the right direction.
Several animals share the park, including birds, lizards, butterflies and the Mojave rattlesnake. Stay on the trail to keep out of the path of resting rattlers.
Because of the park's sensitive environment, the rangers enforce strict rules. No dogs are allowed on the property, picking wildflowers is forbidden, and walking off-trail is a big no-no. Please read and respect all park rules so that the stunning wildflower blooms will continue to wow crowds for generations to come.