Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2017

Antelope Valley Poppies & Wildflowers 4/7/17

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

As of April 7th, the poppies blooming on the east side of the park and the lacy phacelia on Kitanemuk are just beginning to fade. The poppies have begun blooming across the western slopes; not in as high of a density but still a good bloom. Depending on if we get rain next week, they could last into late April or early May.

If possible, visiting on weekdays (Monday-Friday), and carpooling is highly recommended. Due to high visitation on weekends, lines on the entrance road and for restrooms may be long by mid-morning, and the entrance road may be closed altogether when the lots are full. Visitors may park on Lancaster Road and walk in for free, but must stay along the entrance road and enter at the kiosk; visitors entering the park through the fenceline or by walking across the open fields from the road will be fined.

Stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only. Walking in the poppies crushes all of the wildflowers and will result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged plants or there is only bare dirt; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come. No dogs, bikes, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies curl up at night or if it’s cold so check the weather forecast before arriving.  The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring.  This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often.  Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

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