Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 18, 2017

Antelope Valley Poppies & Wildflowers 3/17/17

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

As of March 17th, the poppies have started blooming on the east half of the park! They suddenly exploded into color this week, and can even be seen from across the valley! Due to the late rains, we won’t be getting a solid carpet of poppies across the park but the bloom is already better than we were expecting. It will likely be getting a little better over the next couple of weeks, with the peak spread out over late March/early April.  Rain is in the forecast next week, which will help the bloom last at least through mid April, or longer if it doesn’t get too hot.

Note that it can be very windy here in the spring. Check the forecast before visiting and dress accordingly. Remember that going off of the trails to walk in the poppies crushes the plants and can result in a ticket (unless they’re growing on the official trails, and it can’t be avoided). No dogs, bikes, drones, or picking flowers.

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