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California Poppy Reserve

The most famous field reserve Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is located in the state of California. It is known for its poppy fields. The reserve is located in the north of the County of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley, which is located in 24 kilometers west from the city of Lancaster.

The reserve is located at an altitude of 790 to 910 meters above sea level in the Mojave Desert climate zone. The reserve area is 1,781 acres.

If we are talking about the history of the reserve it was founded in 1976 and is currently under the supervision of the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The intense bloom of poppy fields can be seen in late winter- early spring, and it lasts from mid-February to mid-May. Blooming of the poppies also depends on the amount of rainfall during the winter.

Of course, the best time for admiring poppies is the early morning or evening. But do not be limited to poppies, because on the reserve you will find a huge variety of wildflowers, such as purple owl clover (Orthocarpus purpurascens), lupine, coreopsis, and dozens of other species of wild plants.

Lots of trails can be found on the territory of the reserve, one of them is 11-kilometer trail that is designed for people with reduced capabilities.

Fields are trying to be kept in its natural state, so the management of parks abandoned the idea of artificial hydration and stimulation of the growth of flowers.

Until early 1970s, one could graze sheep on the territory of the park, but nowadays grazing in the reserve is prohibited. In addition, visitors with pets are not allowed on the territory of the reserve.

California law prohibits picking up flowers in the reserve.

We also want to warn you ... there are a lot of rattlesnakes found in the park, so we advise you to be very careful during the walks.

Working Hours
Californian reserve is open daily. The entrance to the park is free, but you will have to pay for parking.

Additional information can be found on the web-page http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627


М. Petrova