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Saddleback Butte State Park

Tehachapi Mountains + Western Mojave Desert, California

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Saddleback Butte State Park

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  • Saddleback Butte State Park has amenities for day-trippers and campers alike.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • Saddleback Butte.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • Joshua tree at the Saddleback Butte State Park Campground.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • The sun hides behind a Joshua tree at Saddleback Butte State Park.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • Ramadas provide protection from sun and wind at the Saddleback Butte campground.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • Saddleback Butte's rocky top.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • View from near the top of Saddleback Butte.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • One of many wildflowers you may see in the springtime at Saddleback Butte.- Saddleback Butte State Park
  • Sunset over Saddleback Butte.- Saddleback Butte State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Spring wildflowers.
Cons: 
Can be very windy and exposed to the sun.
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Region:
Tehachapi Mountains + Western Mojave Desert, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Saddleback Butte State Park protects an impressive granite butte and the Joshua trees surrounding it. This native desert ecosystem provides habitat for some of California's most vulnerable critters, including the desert tortoise.

Located just a half-hour drive from Lancaster, Saddleback Butte State Park makes an excellent little getaway for an afternoon of exploring or a few days of rest and relaxation.

The park's 37-site campground is first-come, first-served. There is also a large group site for up to 30 people.

The day use area has picnic tables and barbecue grills, plus ramadas to protect you from sun and wind. Potable water is available at the day use area and campground.

Several trails traverse the park for both equestrians and hikers. The equestrian trail is 4.5 miles long and travels from one end of the park to the other. Hikers can choose to hike 1,000 vertical feet to the summit of Saddleback Butte, take a stroll on the Little Butte Trail, or learn about the park's natural history on the Dic Dowen Nature Trail.

The park is accessible all year round, but it can get extremely hot in summer. Late winter into spring offers more moderate temperatures and blooming wildflowers. Follow their Facebook page to get the latest update on this year's bloom and other events at the park.

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