The hills are alive with the sight of poppies! If you’ve never seen the renowned Antelope Valley’s Poppies, be prepared to take in California’s iconic state flower. Upon visiting, you’ll view captivating landscapes filled with vibrant golden-orange poppies covering open hills and fields.

In addition to their stunning appearance, another name for the California poppy is “copa de oro” meaning a cup of gold. April 6th is the official California Poppy Day. The flower was discovered in 1816 by Adelbert von Chamisso. Interestingly enough, poppies are edible and have even been used in salads or as garnish. However, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve asks you not to pick the precious flowers because they hold the seeds needed for next year's bloom. The more they are picked, the more they diminish over time.

Come this spring to visit the cherished California treasure before the end of this year's bloom. With higher-than-average rainfall, there is an anticipated super bloom this spring that you don’t want to miss. People from all over Los Angeles County and nearby cities come out to view the brilliant poppy hues and capture plenty of memorable pictures during their visit. 

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When to visit?

The wildflower bloom typically begins in March and goes through April, but each year is different. Don’t worry, the Poppies aren’t in full bloom yet, so there’s still time for this season to come and see them!

Check out the Poppy Reserve Live camera footage to see if they are in bloom!


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Where to Stay?

Check out our list of local hotels.


How to get to the Poppy Reserve?

The reserve is located at 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536

From Highway 14: Take the Avenue I exit and head west 15 miles. Avenue I becomes Lancaster Road.

From I-5: Take Hwy 138 east and turn right on 170th Street West. Make a left at the end of the street, onto Lancaster Road. Follow the road two miles.


California Poppy Festival

While visiting, stop by the California Poppy Festival at the AV Fair & Event Center, April 19-21.


What you need to know:

-Spring in the Antelope Valley is very windy and temperatures fluctuate.

-Wear sunblock and bring water to avoid dehydration.

-Leave your dog pals at home if you plan on visiting the Poppy Reserve. They don’t allow pets unless it’s a trained service animal. 

-More information can be found at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.