Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: Blankets of Orange Poppys

Much like the amazing fall season, California also shows its colors in the spring with its wildflowers. I was able to see some on my time in the Mojave last month but nothing like what was in Antelope Valley this April. I am by no means the first blogger to write about this, check out the others at the end of the post, but here is my take on the epic poppy growth that can be seen in Antelope Valley right now. In short, go now.

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  • 10 dollars to enter the State Park
  • Miles of trails and you can go on as many or as little as you want
  • Some of the best blooms are outside of the park

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Depending on the year, the blooms at this famous State Park can either be mind-blowing or slightly lacking. These flowers themselves tend to be fickle with too much rain hurting them and to little rain stunting their growth. 2014 was still on the too little rain side, but actually did have a really nice showing during April, and this is when I made the trek out.

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If you are coming from the any Southern part of CA up the 14 then make sure to get off on Avenue K and head out that way as some of the best blooms we saw were before we even got to the park. Right around Ave K and 110 st. I would recommend stopping there on the way so that you can get some good shots even before the park, especially with some of the yellow flowers that are around.

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After finishing here, head over to the park to see what is going on there. When I went it was incredibly windy and the flowers were much less blanketing then the previous stop.

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That being said it was still worth the price of admission. The lady working the desk gave us recommendation of where to see this amazing blue bloom of flowers they had so we fought the wind and headed to the spot.

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It really was beautiful, there was a ton of blue / purple flowers all over the hillside and the mixture of them with the poppys was great for photography. I took way more photos than I needed to.

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This area was also the tallest part of park so it provided a 360 degree view of the rest of the reserve.

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As well as the blankets of colors that you could see in the distance.

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Since the wind was so intense we didn’t do a lot of the trails in the park, I am not one to complain about wind but it was insane as you can see in the video at the end of the post.

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Here are some of my favorite pictures.

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Really though you need to go and experience this for yourself as it is an amazing experience, one that I cannot recommend more. I am not sure how long the flowers will be there but I would think you could still go for the next two weeks and see them. You can see the park updates here.

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Here is a video I made on the trip.

Here are some other bloggers that have written about the park.

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