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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

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Address: 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536-9733
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+1 661-942-0662
10:00 - 16:00
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More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a...

More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a variety of flowers.

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A poppy extravaganza

If you like carpets of wildflowers over meadows and hills, this is the place to go in the Spring after the rains. If you like to hike, this is the place to go not only in the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rita R
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you like carpets of wildflowers over meadows and hills, this is the place to go in the Spring after the rains. If you like to hike, this is the place to go not only in the Spring but at other times of the year. The hills offer views of the Antelope Valley and of the San Gabriel Mountains. A... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to take the family and observe nature. Nice to be outside and not inside all day. Look beautiful.

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Fresno, California
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174 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love flowers and wildflower viewing trips, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve should be on your list. This protected area harbors the most consistent blooms of California golden poppies, the state flower. The intense blooming season for the California golden poppy falls during the late February through the end of March. The flowers can blossom into April depend on... More 

2 Thank IheartZephyr
Meadow Vista, California
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201 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I rated this in the middle because if you hit the peak of the bloom it's 5 Stars, if you're too early or too late it's only a 1 star attraction. The best blooms were in a field just outside the Reserve in a private field that apparently got some irrigation. Inside the Reserve the hill were tan colored with... More 

1 Thank EffStop
Singapore, Singapore
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606 reviews
241 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 486 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite a long drive on a late Friday afternoon to check out the carpet of golden poppies. We arrived late evening almost at 530pm and the patchy blooms have their petals closed. If you are still planning a trip here in mid to late april, it may not be worth the long drive to see patchy and fading blooms. Google... More 

2 Thank Highadventurer
Coarsegold, California
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We missed the peak bloom but still found there were more poppies than I've ever seen in one place. It was really, really, really windy when we were there (and surprisingly chilly). Do as they suggest and wear layers, and also stay on the trail! We DID encounter a rattlesnake on the trail! A marvelous education center, ample parking. All... More 

2 Thank Beth C
Laguna Niguel, California
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169 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on the website saying there was still bloom on the west side, we drove 3 hours to the Preserve on 4/14/17 since the website says it is less crowded during the week, and early or late in the day. I agree with the previous review that it's the end of the bloom, but the website doesn't indicate that. We... More 

1 Thank TooMuch2Do
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not close to anything or anywhere, so make sure you check the latest updates on the bloom. It was nearly gone on April 13. There was one slope still covered, and it made the journey worthwhile. The rest of the reserve was turning brown. My best advice-check the website for the latest bloom report, dress for windy weather, go... More 

1 Thank CMM_1963
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78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive up was actually nice. We went through San Francisquito Canyon, there are some pretty spots up there. The poppy reserve is well kept. Parking is ten dollars and there are several easy trails. The day we went, April 13th, the sky was gorgeous and the sun was bright, but it was super windy. The poppies were a bit... More 

2 Thank Linda R
Thousand Oaks, California
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115 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and staff at the info desk told us that the flowers were in full bloom. The drive up back roads was delightful and the poppy field we viewed before the park were more impressive than those in the reserve. Also the reserve is NOT handicapped friendly and requires walking on gravel surfaces that are... More 

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