The Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park is a great adventure for any van or RV nomad looking to explore all of the Antelope Valley. The park is home to a large collection of Joshua Trees which used to be abundant in the Antelope Valley. There are two hiking trails and there is no fee to enter the park.
A visit to the Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park is a great adventure for any van or RV nomad.
There is no official entrance as with most state parks. The park has displays and a pit toilet but nothing else.
The park is home to an impressive stand of native Joshuas and juniper trees which once grew in great abundance throughout the valley.
The land was donated to the State by farmer Arthur “Archie” Ripley in 1988. Only a few stands of Joshua and Juniper trees remain in the Antelope Valley. The rest have been removed for farming, housing, and green energy.
The park is located seven miles from the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve,
There are two flat, easy nature trails in the park for you to enjoy. Each one is easy and comes with its own brochure.
- The Ripley Nature Trail is 1/4 of a mile, starting at the end of the picnic area.
- The Rare Juniper Trail is just under one mile and starts 100 yards up the Ripley Nature Trail.
- Brochure: Arthur Ripley Desert Woodlands State Park Rare Juniper Trail Brochure
There is no parking lot associated with this state park. You park along Lancaster Road and enter through the pedestrian walk-through by the park gate. This can be challenging for a large van or RV so beware.
- Free admission.
- Open sunrise to sunset
It’s a privilege to have Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.
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.