With all of the rain over the past few months in Southern California, the poppies are beginning to make their debut. This is one of our favorite times of the year. The beautiful colors, reds and oranges married with the sunsets in Antelope Valley will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

As of now, the poppies are “popping up” aka blooming all over the east side of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve. According to the State Natural Reserve, “The Joshua trees and tiny forget-me-nots, slender keeled fruit and filaree flowers are blooming” and are expected to be in full bloom in April! One of the best parts about this reserve is that you can expect something new and different each year. Colors, scents, and duration changes each year, so you get a different experience every time.

Keep in mind that the weather can affect how the poppies open up. If the weather is cold, they will curl up to keep their warmth. Typically, poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon/evening. The Park will stay open from Sunrise to Sunset, so plan accordingly and don’t forget to hydrate!

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