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Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Spring wildflowers.

Cons

Can be very windy and exposed to the sun.

Address

Ave K1
170
Lancaster, CA 93535
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Amphitheater
Campgrounds + Campsites
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Horseback riding
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Big Game Watching

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Tehachapi Mountains + Western Mojave Desert, California
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains

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