Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Overview:

The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve offers any van or RV nomad a good area to explore, learn, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. The Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat wildflower bloom.  The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year but is a spectacular sight that you can’t miss.  

Adventure: 

The Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve offers any van and RV nomads a get away from the city where you can relax in the countryside, with the birds singing and hawks gliding silently overhead.  

The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with various wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily. The Reserve is a must-visit in the event of a super bloom and shouldn’t be missed by any van or RV Nomad.

Hiking

The preserve has eight miles of trails to explore that are all easy. The trails meander through gently rolling hills that you can explore.

Trail Map: Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve Trail Map

Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for wildlife, such as meadowlarks, 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, etc. 

Visitor Center

The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center is open March 1st through Mother’s Day, with wildflower and wildlife exhibits, an orientation video, a gallery of Jane’s botanical watercolor paintings, and a gift shop benefiting our non-profit association. The Interpretive Center is only open during the spring wildflower bloom and special events.

Shaded picnic tables are available on a first-come/first-served basis year-round, with an interpretive display and a serene view over the valley to the San Gabriel Mountains. 

Parking

 There is a decent size parking lot that can accommodate any van or RV under 25feet. The parking fills up quickly on the weekends. 

  • Parking Fee $10
  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily year-round
  • No drones allowed
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