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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (State Natural Reserve)



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    1800.93 acres


Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.

Eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills, including a paved section for wheelchair access, make the park a wonderful place to hike and explore any season. Get away from the city and relax in the quietude of the countryside, with the birds singing and hawks gliding silently overhead. Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for wildlife, such as meadow larks, lizards, and gopher snakes. If you're lucky, you may spot a coyote or bobcat. Numerous burrows around the trails may shelter mice, gophers, kangaroo rats, beetles, scorpions, or others.

Allowed Activities
Wildlife Watching
Good For
Rules & Regulation
No Dogs
No Unmanned Aircrafts

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

The Tehachapi Vista Point Trail is a 0.64 mile accessible loop trail experience through poppy and high desert vegetation. Along the trail there are 2 overlooks with benches and several benches periodically along the trail. The trail surface is concrete. The trail is generally flat at less than 5% slopes with intermittent sections between 5% to 8%. Accessible parking is located in the main parking lot and the trail begins near the visitor center.