Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Lancaster

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state-protected reserve of California, United States, harboring the most consistent blooms of California poppies, the state flower. The reserve is located in the rural west side of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles (24 km) west of Lancaster. To the north is Kern County. The reserve is at an elevation ranging from 2,600 to 3,000 feet (790 to 910 m) above sea level, in the Mojave Desert climate zone. The reserve is administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Other wildflowers within the reserve include the owl's clover, lupine, goldfields, cream cups and coreopsis.

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  • This is a lovely poppy preserve which means the land is set aside for passive viewing with walking trails. Unfortunately, you get disrespectful throngs of young people who feel the need to take a...  more »
  • Nice hiking trail but we came here after the bloom and it was dry as could be. The little grasshoppers were attacking us and the wind blew so hard that we had to hike up sideways to stay up from...  more »
  • Very beautiful place. We spent an afternoon here. And saw so many poppy flowers. The hills were filled with orange poppies. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and we also took a long hike there and took many pictures and videos. Nicely maintained location. We were here on a weekday, avoid weekends if you want to skip the crowds. Active only in Spring when the poppies are in bloom.
  • Went today and it was very windy so we only stayed for an hour. It was cloudy and cool so the poppies were not fully open. I think the bloom is beginning to wane so if you want to see this bloom hurry over. Weekdays are better because less crowds. If you can go when temps are above 70 you will see the poppies while they're open. Check your weather app and head over ASAP!

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