Providence Mtns. State Recreation Area in the Mojave desert, near Mojave National Preserve. The deserts can really bloom with the right temperatures & timing of the rain.
The Spring can bring poppies to full bloom. By summer, expect to see the upper elevations bursting with color. After the huge mounds of snow melt, meadows are the place to be!
All wildflowers are protected by California law with a $500 fine for violation. For every one wildflower picked, one hundred less will bloom next year.
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
13 mi.West of Hwy.14, Lancaster. MARCH - MAY: Most consistent poppy-bearing land in Calif. Rolling Hills of Poppies. Visitors Center - 15101 W. Lancaster Rd (Lancaster Rd= an extended of Avenue I)
DanaMite's tip:The poppies don't stop at the park border silly. They are all over the highway lands at 140th Avenue & Hwy.138. Avoid the tour buses & head off on your own dirt road, but pay attention to private property signs.
Lupine, Cream Cups &
other wildflowers can also be found blooming in the same areas
as the golden poppies.
Gorman Poppy, Lupine and Owls Clover. Vibrant splashes
of orange, gold, yellow, blue pink and fushia are some of the
best in the state. Park along the side road just outside of town
of Gorman. There is a narrow steep trail that leads up the mountain.
A private ranch land without public facilities, but accustomed
April - Interstate5 / "grapevine area" between Gorman
& Valencia / L.A. county. Take I-5 to the Gorman exit, just
north of Highway 138. South along the Old Gorman Post Road. Info:
Ft Tejon Ranger Stn. (805) 248-6692
Golden Poppy, pink Owls Clover, pale Cream Cups, & Blue Lupin
Dirt roads are easily handled by any ordinary passenger car.
Take Powerline Road and take in sweeping vistas of Tejon Ranch
across the I-5 above Gorman. This road is unpaved. It's high
& rough going. Traveling south on I-5, take Frazier Park
turn off. Heading north on I-5, take the Gorman exit.
Info: Hungry Valley Ranger Station (805) 248-7007 / Hungry
Valley OHV Off-Road Park
140th Avenue & Hwy.138,
east of interstate 5 heading towards Lancaster. Dirt Roads with
blooms everywhere. Pay attention to signs & respect private
property. Pack a picnic lunch & a camera for a most enjoyable