Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, Lancaster

4.2
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Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park is a state park in the western Antelope Valley in Southern California. The park protects mature stands of Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) and California juniper trees (Juniperus californica) in their western Mojave Desert habitat.The park is located in northern Los Angeles County, 20mi west of downtown Lancaster and about 5mi from the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.HistoryThe site was donated to the state by Arthur "Archie" Ripley, and preserves a remnant of Joshua/juniper woodland which once grew in great abundance throughout the valley. Today only remnant parcels of this woodland community remain in the valley, much of the rest having been cleared for farming, housing, and some rather esoteric uses — directions for nighttime automobile travelers in the first half of the 20th century and even pulp for newspaper usage. The 566acre property was officially acquired in 1993.The Joshua tree played an important part in the cultural history of the Antelope Valley, providing a vital source of food and fiber materials for the Native Americans that inhabited the region.
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  • We had a pleasant stroll through the beautiful blooming Joshua Trees. We had the preserve to ourselves. A nice printed guide gives a good description for features along the short nature trail. The por...  more »
  • Stumbled across this park today after leaving the Poppy Reserve. Many of the desert plants are blooming. What a pleasant find. Nice walkways, east access.  more »
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  • A peaceful Joshua Tree grove in the middle of nowhere, or so it seems. This is a grove of Joshua Trees that are enclosed in a secluded area right off of Lancaster Rd. You park on the dirt next to the entrance and follow the path into the park. There is a lone picnic table not far from the entrance as well as an outhouse type pit toilet. It truly is a peaceful spot and while it's nothing fancy, it felt good being there. We went during the Joshua Tree blooming period and our dog enjoyed the walk as well.
  • A small state park that is very neatly kept and is out of the way so the crowds will be minimal here. The trails are flat and maintained so you can walk through without breaking a sweat. If you are in the area of the Poppy Reserve, this park is just down the road a bit and is a nice experience. Parking is free and you park along the road anywhere.

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