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“Beautiful Spring flowers as far as the eye can see”

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a variety of flowers.
Santa Clarita, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful Spring flowers as far as the eye can see”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

You can drive into this area and all of a sudden find yourself surrounded by so many wild poppies, it is hard to beleive!

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hollywood, california
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222 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“An amazing natural spectacle”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

The Poppy Preserve is only a small part of the natural beauty on display in the Antelope Valley. Quail Lake Road (138 I think) from the 5 fwy on into Lancaster and the 14 fwy takes you through the heart of this amazing spectacle. There are many side roads and plenty of places to get out and stretch your legs...plenty of parking...and it's free! You'll see so many more flowers than the poppies (which are everywhere) and all kinds of colors. If you look at the ground you'll find a gazillion tiny flowers with incredible colors. It's a great day out.
Now...sorry for those of you who didn't catch the 'perfect' day...this is a natural occurrence not Dismal Land...so if we didn't get a lot of moisture (like this year) it's not going to be as wonderful as it can be in a wet year. Sometimes the poppies start germinating and there's a snow...no flowers. Hang in there...it's a great day trip...and if you catch one of the 'big' years it'll be a memory you'll treasure forever. We have had several!

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Jack C
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Shreveport, Louisiana
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The hills are on fire....”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is an article I wrote for Yahoo... thought it was a perfect review...

A splash of orange is on its way, The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve located in Lancaster, Ca is a sight that everyone should see once in their lifetime. When I moved here to Edwards AFB, CA from Louisiana I was a little home sick. Leaving the south and its beauty and driving smack into the desert left me wondering, where's all the color? Well between the months of late February thru mid May the color orange is sprawled out over the hills of Lancaster, CA. On a morning where the wind has not taken control in the Antelope Valley you can make the drive out to the reserve, hike through bright orange poppies and owl's clovers. On your way out to the reserve if you are driving down HWY 14 look towards the reserve and the hills come alive like they were on fire.
Thousands pour in every year to take that hike through the reserve and take those perfect family pictures, enjoy family picnics and the children well let's just say it's a moment they soon won't forget. My family and I have been back every year since the first time and I am always waiting on that one perfect picture, but in the mean time I love enjoying the beauty that takes me back to my southern roots.

Visited April 2012
5 Thank strongea
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Lake Hughes, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“nice trails”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Though the hiking trails are lovely and well maintained, there were not any poppies to speak of this year, and the price to get in was mighty steep for a poppy-less Poppy Reserve ($10 per car). Hopefully next time it will be better, but I would check out how good of a year it is before paying the money to go in--just look by the side of the road and you'll know! Wish we had then!

Visited April 2012
3 Thank Leigh N
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Lancaster, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Poppy season always depends on the rainfall and some years the hillsides are pure orange with the California Poppy while others are more sparse. Regardless, every year the poppys are in bloom the desert is transformed.

Visited April 2012
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