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Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Tehachapi Mountains + Western Mojave Desert, California

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  • Take a seat and enjoy the views at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Owl's clover blooms with the poppies at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Fields of orange at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • The trail winds through rolling hills.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Fields bloom in orange, purple and yellow.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Elegant lacy phacelia blooms at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Enjoy a brief respite of shade at the picnic area near the park visitor center.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Rattlesnakes live here too!- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Catch the peak bloom sometime in late March or early April at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Hike the ridgelines to view distant peaks and valleys to the north.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • It's like walking through a movie set when all the colors are in!- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Cream cups and poppies at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Yellow flowers accompany the spring bloom.- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible density of wildflower blooms.
Cons: 
Crowded.
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Region:
Tehachapi Mountains + Western Mojave Desert, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring
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Adventure Description

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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.

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