Fodor's Expert Review Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Lancaster Family

The California poppy, the state flower, can be spotted throughout the state, but this quiet park holds the densest concentration. Eight miles of trails wind through 1,745 acres of hills carpeted with poppies and other wildflowers, including a paved section that allows wheelchair access. Keep in mind that poppy flowers will curl up their petals if it's too windy or cold, so plan accordingly. Heed the rules and stay on the official trails when taking photos.  Blooming season is usually March through May. On a clear day at any time of year, though, you'll be treated to sweeping valley views. Visit the website to watch the poppy cam, or call the wildflower hotline for the current bloom status.

Family Nature Preserve

Quick Facts

15101 Lancaster Rd.
Lancaster, California  93536, USA

661-724–1180-wildflower hotline

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $10 per vehicle, Visitor center closed mid-May–Feb.

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