Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 3, 2019

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 5/2/19

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Bloom update as of May 2, 2019:

Wildflower update:

The poppies and almost all the other wildflowers have faded down to a few tiny patches due to the recent heat.  The beavertail cactus is still in full bloom, though. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center is open through Mother’s Day, May 12th, and features a few nice exhibits related to the poppies and other wildflowers, a short film covering the same subjects, and art work created by the founder of the Poppy Reserve.  It also has poppy related merchandise for sale.  The Poppy Reserve is a nice place to hike before the summer heat settles in, with 8 miles of graded trails and a covered picnic area.

Please remember, visitors must stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only; photos in the flowers are not allowed in the park. Walking in the poppies creates dirt patches and may result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged the habitat; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come.

Commercial and student filming/photography requires a permit. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon/evening or if it’s cold, so check the weather forecast before leaving.  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.

Current Photos

The poppies and many other wildflowers have faded down to a few patches due to the recent heat, but some flowers such as the grape soda lupine and beavertail cactus are in full bloom. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center will be open through Mother’s Day, May 12th.  If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, our staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.  For regular bloom updates, visit www.Facebook.com/PoppyReserve, our website www.parks.ca.gov/PoppyReserve, Twitter @PoppyReserve, or call our Wildflower Hotline at (661) 724-1180.

Please note, the City of Lancaster’s annual Poppy Festival is located at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park (fmr. Lancaster City Park), not at the Poppy Reserve.

Please remember, visitors must stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only; photos in the flowers are not allowed in the park. Walking in the poppies creates dirt patches and may result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged the habitat; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come.

Commercial and student filming/photography requires a permit. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon/evening or if it’s cold, so check the weather forecast before leaving.  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.

Current Photos

 


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