Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Poppy Bloom Report

Call the Wildflower Hotline at (661) 724-1180 for weekly updates, or check or for updates and current photos.





Poppy Reserve Visitor Center Open March-Mother’s Day for 2018

The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve will be open March 1st – Mother’s Day (May 13th), from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends. The Interpretive Center offers wildlife and wildflower displays, a gallery of Jane S. Pinheiro’s detailed watercolor paintings, an orientation video, and a gift shop featuring unique wildflower-themed items. 


Bloom peak and duration is unpredictable, but generally late March/early April is the best bloom, with a mosaic of color that changes daily. Poppies open up on nice days but they curl up if it’s windy or cold, so visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before arriving.  Wildflower updates and photos will be posted weekly throughout the season at and, or call (661) 724-1180 for recorded updates. 


Admission is $10 per vehicle, $9 with a senior 62 and older on board, or $5 with a California State Parks Disabled Discount Card.  Please note that dogs are not allowed, with the exception of trained service animals.  All flowers and park features are protected and may not be picked or collected, and visitors must stay on trails at all times.

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is well known for springtime wildflowers. But did you know that you can visit the park anytime of year from sunset until sundown? Portable restrooms in the parking lot are open year round. A great family hike is provided by hiking due west of the visitor center and continue .25 mile to the Tehachapi Vista Point. Be on the look out for horned larks and side-blotched lizards. Relax on the benches and enjoy the views of the Tehachapi Mountains to the north and Portal Ridge and the San Gabriel Mountains to the south. See our hiking trail map for ideas for longer hikes (link to download below). The reserve is located 15 miles west of Highway 14 near the city of Lancaster on Lancaster Road, an extension of Avenue I. Wildflower hotline and visitor center information: 661 724-1180.

Although the park is open from sunrise to sunset for hiking and picnicking.

For 2018, Jane S. Pinheiro Visitor Center will be open March 1 - May 13,

10 -4 on weekdays and 9 - 5 on weekends. 

Learn More

The Poppy Reserve also provides protected habitat for threatened resident and migratory birds. It is part of the Audubon designated " Antelope Valley Globally Important Bird Areas"  Read more about the birds at the Poppy Reserve and learn about local history by downloading two pdfs. The following are pdf versions of PowerPoint presentations concerning area avian life and some human history:

Side-Blotched Lizard
Courtesy of Mary Wilson

Poppy Reserve
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