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Since the visitor's center fills up quickly on weekends, many people park along Avenue I and tramp through the poppy fields. If you chose to park on Avenue I, at least follow an existing foot or animal path so you don't damage the plants. Unfortunately, we saw many people making their own way with no regards for the flora around them, in search of the perfect photo. Please respect this region so that the plants continue to flourish and everyone can enjoy.
Around the visitor's center you are not permitted to wander off the paths and the area is patrolled by park rangers. I remember a few years back rangers used to chase people from parking on Avenue I, but this year there are just too many visitors.
Please note that poppies will not open up if temperature is too cold, it's windy or rainy. Check weather conditions in the area before going.
Updated Mar 28, 2005
When exploring the reserve, a good place to start would be the visitor's center. There is limited parking, especially on weekends, and admission is $5.00 per vehicle or $4.00 for seniors. Anything you could possibly want to know about poppies, & other natives species of the area are displayed here. This is a DAY USE only park. Visitors must stay on trails.
Visitor's Center Open: 9-5 weekends, 10-4 week days. Open from March to May only during blooming season. It is operated by the State of California.
- wheelchair accessible
- exhibits and programs
- 7 miles of nature trails
- guided hikes
- picnic areas
- books and gifts available
Updated Mar 27, 2005
Address: 15 West of Lancaster, off Avenue I
Phone: 661-724-1180 recorded message
You'll find these everywhere from Acton to Bakersfield covering the hills sides in the brightest orange. The pedals will close when it is cold or windy, so you can see them best when it is calm and sunny. They grow the best of course when our rainfall has been frequent the winter before. Lancaster even has a Poppy Festival and has a special Poppy Reserve on the west side of Lancaster. They are absolutely beautiful when it is a warm and calm day!;-)
Visitor Center is Open through April 25 only.
Weekends: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Weekdays: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wildflower blooms usually occur from March through May. The peak viewing period is Mid-April.
Please no dogs, horses or mountain bikes on the trails.
Antelope Poppy Reserve
Updated Jul 21, 2004
Address: Ave K and 150 Street West. Follow the signs!
2004 Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival August 27 - September 6 is almost upon us. This is a newly built facility to replace the old Fair Grounds on Ave I. Looks like this is year is going to be a little different. I grew up at the fair and that is where you would find me and my friends from the time they opened it up, till they closed growing up. It was for me a yearly event to look forward to. They will have 4H displays, auctions, exhibits, concerts with big name stars, rodeos, derby's of all sorts. They have the arts and agriculture displays that that win awards. And of course they have the good old fashion carnival!
Administration Office Hours
Administration Office: Mon. - Fri., 8 am to 5 pm, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm
Written Jul 18, 2004
Address: 2551 W. Ave H. Lancaster, Ca 93538
Dedicated on September 11, 2004 to honor 5 new monument plaques. This is where "The Aerospace Walk of Honor" starts, that honors those who contributed to our aviation history of the past.
Check out the websites to see where other wonderful places to visit. This aircraft dates me.....I think I worked on it........yikes I am getting old......lol!
This is McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom twin jet, all-weather, supersonic, versatile multiple-mission air superiority fighter, fighter bomber, advance interceptor, ground support, tacticle strike, and reconnaissance aircraft. They served for US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force as well as foreign air forces. For five years they flew as the US Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. What a JET!!!:-))
Aerospace Walk of Honor
Updated Jul 18, 2004
Address: Lancaster Blvd and Sierra Highway
Please see my webshots antelope Valley album at community.webshots.com/user/alocolobo Just type this link into your address bar. Enjoy ,Nev
Written Apr 21, 2006
Phone: 661 949 6092
Chances are you will see fields of the appropriately named yellow flowers called "Goldfields". The plants grow from 4"-8" in height and the blooms are in masses, from 500-800 per square foot.
Updated Mar 27, 2005
Address: Off Avenue I, 15 miles west of Lancaster
Another plant growing low to the ground is the "Pygmy Lupine." These purplish-blue flowers can grow up to 2" and they are a lovely contrast to the yellow and gold fields.
Written Mar 27, 2005
Address: Avenue I 15 miles west of Lancaster
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