Year of 2017

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

No, this is not a set from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ but a nature reserve in southern California. The California poppy—the official state flower—grows wild along with other native blooms here. And to help preserve the natural ecosystem, the flower fields are not curated in any way, so springtime blooms vary from year to year.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state-protected reserve of California, USA, harboring the most consistent blooms of California poppies, the state flower. The reserve is located in the rural westside of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles west of Lancaster. The reserve is at an elevation ranging from 2,600 to 3,000 feet above sea level in the Mojave Desert climate zone. The reserve is administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Other wildflowers within the reserve include the owl’s clover, lupine, goldfields, cream cups and coreopsis.
Established: 1976
Managed by: California Department of Parks and Recreation