Flowers are Coming into Bloom at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Antelope Valley California Poppy Nature Reserve
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Photo by Brian Baer

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The first few poppies are in bloom on the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Every spring, the cheerful California poppy paints the barren Mojave Desert with brilliant hues of orange and gold. The reserve is one of the best places to view these beautiful California poppies. When you arrive, check out the Interpretive Center, where you can watch a video and enjoy the natural history displays. Peak bloom for the California poppy is between March and May, but April is usually the best time to visit. Along the trails, you’ll spot native wildflowers like red maids, pygmy lupine and wild parsley. The poppies can be found along North and South Poppy Loop trails.¬†Some tips to note when preparing for your visit:

  • It’s against the law to pick or destroy wildflowers in the park.
  • Rattlesnakes are common at the reserve, so be careful.
  • Only service dogs are permitted in the park.

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