Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 17, 2020

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve 2/16/20

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

The first few poppies are in bloom near Kitanemuk Vista Point, on the south-facing side.  Fiddlenecks, slender keel fruits, red maids and forget-me-nots are also blooming in a few places on the reserve.

The ADA trail has been expanded and is now 0.7 mile long.  It winds around part of the Poppy Trail North Loop.  We look forward to having the Poppy Reserve more accessible for everyone.

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

Weekly bloom updates will be posted through Mother’s Day.

NEW THIS YEAR: Cell Phone Tour! Smartphone users can go to and watch for notifications along the trails. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the reserve, with photos and audio stops.

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