Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park



  • Directions

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  • Size

    572.79 acres

Contact Information

Allowed Activities
Wildlife Watching
Good For

Additional Information

Handicap Features

We are working to improve accessibility throughout our parks but we regret that there are currently no accessible activities at this park. This may be an undeveloped park, or there may be terrain, historic or resource protection issues or other limiting factors. However, there may be some generally accessible features, such as parking areas, restrooms, and routes of travel, that meet current accessibility standards. Call the park or email us at for details.


Dogs are allowed on-leash, in picnic area only. Dogs are not allowed on trails in California State Parks.


Sunrise to Sunset

Locations - Directions

The park is on Lancaster Road (an extension of West Avenue I), seven miles west of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, or four miles from Highway 138 (Avenue D) and 245th Street West.

The main walk-through entrance can be found near 205th Street West, on the north side of Lancaster Road.


Picnicking: The park features a picnic table under a shade ramada, which offers sun and wind protection.

Hiking: There are two flat, easy nature trails with self-guided brochures.

  • The Ripley Nature Trail is 1/4 of a mile, starting at the end of the picnic area. Click here to download the Ripley Nature Trail brochure.
  • The Rare Juniper Trail is just under one mile, and starts 100 yards up the Ripley Nature Trail. The brochure highlights unique specimens of California Juniper found in the park, click here to download brochure (formatted for legal size paper).

Enjoy the interpretive displays illustrating the natural and cultural history of the park. There is an outhouse available, but no running water.