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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

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Beautiful but rare

I've been coming here with the family for many years. It seems to be getting more and more rare... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Lancaster, California
Time it well

So my husband and I were about 2 and half months late on the poppy bloom, haha. It was still VERY... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Brooklyn, New York
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More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a variety of flowers.
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15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536-9733
+1 661-942-0662
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

There’s plenty of places to go see poppies without paying at the reserve -except where the fields of poppies have been taken over by solar panels. However, if you want the tour or displays in the facility you’ll pay a small fee.

Thank kirkh84
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We hadn't had enough rain apparently, there wasn't a poppy in sight, just acres and acres of nothing to look at.

1  Thank Kathe C
Reviewed 12 June 2018

I've been coming here with the family for many years. It seems to be getting more and more rare that we get a good flower season but when we do, it's just spectacular. There's something about the temperatures in the winter/spring and amounts of rain...More

Thank jakeladuke4323
Reviewed 8 June 2018

We stopped by this place during the Memorial day weekend and there was no Poppy flowers! The whole place was deserted except for few bikers.

Thank naas4
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

So my husband and I were about 2 and half months late on the poppy bloom, haha. It was still VERY cool to come drive here and hike through the canyon a bit. There are a couple of of trails that are not too difficult...More

Thank Jvalliant
Reviewed 17 May 2018

A great time is spent wandering over the trails and hunting for poppies. Fantastic views and great photo opportunities plus a small museum with lots of information about the flora and fauna.

Thank Paula W
Reviewed 26 April 2018

... because the Visitor Center is kind of sad so it only pays to enter if you need to use a bathroom. It is not big enough to swing a cat around by the tail without getting hair in your mouth. Mostly a gift shop,...More

4  Thank Donna L
Reviewed 20 April 2018

This place goes from empty to "closed to capacity" with cars lined up for miles waiting for cars to leave. Sometimes there are better photo spots of the poppies outside of the preserve, but walking the trails in the preserve is a great way to...More

6  Thank joe L
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful we were concerned about snakes but none seen this is the best time of the year to enjoy miles & miles of bloom

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 10 April 2018

This just isn't the year for poppies, but we enjoyed the drive and being at this location nonetheless. We were in Lancaster and had been wanting to see the Reserve so decided to visit. It only took maybe 20 minutes from town. The reserve is...More

Thank travelgirl93463
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Sudheer R
24 May 2018|
Response from Elizabeth L | Reviewed this property |
If you just have to see flowers go, but that has got to be the most busy and crowded time to go. There are still some poppy's but not tons of them, like in photos. The season was not great, but better than last year. There... More
13 March 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth L | Reviewed this property |
They are not in full bloom and I doubt they will be this year.
10 March 2018|
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Response from lwj | Reviewed this property |
Check out the latest photos and the Bloom Status section of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve website. Usually the poppies are in full bloom during late April.... Lancaster has a poppy festival scheduled around that... More