Nestled in the heart of the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, CA, is a hidden gem for recreation just waiting to be explored. Surrounded by the enchantment of the Mojave Desert and Joshua trees, our city offers an escape into nature that is as exhilarating as it is tranquil.

If you're seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Palmdale is just a stone's throw away. Swap the city streets for our sun-drenched trails and embrace the outdoors in our beautiful destination year-round.

Explore Palmdale Trails & Parks

If you're ready to embrace both adventure and the beauty of nature, don't miss the opportunity to explore the finest trails and parks in and around Palmdale.


The Anaverde Hiking Trails, the Amargosa Creek Trail, and Barrel Springs Trail provide excellent venues to embrace the region's natural beauty. Just 20 minutes southwest of Palmdale, Vasquez Rocks Natural Park is one of Los Angeles County's most stunning geological features. 

Whether you're an avid hiker, rock climber, or mountain biker, you'll be amazed by the variety of trails, each offering breathtaking views of the California desert.


The City of Palmdale boasts over 20 parks and recreation centers, each with unique attractions and amenities. Domenic Massari and Arnie Quinone parks are family favorites for picnicking and playing, while sports fans can head to Best of the West Softball Complex. Whether zipping down a water slide or taking the plunge in the lazy river, DryTown Water Park offers the perfect way to cool down with the whole family.

And just a short hop from downtown Palmdale is the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, waiting to be explored. This popular 1,800-acre site is home to our state's official flower, the California Poppy. 

Horseback Riding, ATVing & More

Our region’s desert terrain also caters to thrill-seekers who love the offbeat and rugged. The Antelope Valley Desert Riders Equestrian Center in Palmdale is an ideal destination for horseback riding, so be prepared to saddle up! Trails and roads outside of Palmdale along the Sierra Pelona mountains offer plenty of space to roam on your favorite ATV or off-road vehicle. Check out Dove Springs OHV area featuring nearly 4,000 acres of open-use terrain near Red Rock Canyon State Park.

Discover exciting day trip opportunities to Castaic Lake or Pyramid Lake for fun water activities. Enjoy exhilarating winter sports, like skiing, in nearby Wrightwood, California.

At the center of everything, Palmdale is an outdoor lover’s destination. Let our breathtaking parks, trails, and natural areas serve as your playground for thrills and unbeatable views. So, fill up your water bottle, lace up your hiking boots, and immerse yourself in Palmdale's great outdoors.