Earlier this week before all the craziness began I convinced my boyfriend to take a spontaneous trip to see the poppies. I didn’t realize that the Antelope Valley was close to LA. For some reason, I had thought it was out by Joshua Tree. Once I realized it was less than a 90-minute drive there I knew I wanted to go before it became a popular spring activity. Plus, once I saw the Solar Field Art Installation At the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve I knew I had to go to blog about it!

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It is easy to get information about visiting the poppy reserve. But finding information on how to visit the solar field art installation? That provided to be quite a challenge. I first found out about this spot from Instagram but noticed that no one was really providing information on how to find it. While I am willing to drive for an adventure I prefer to know where I’m going and avoid getting lost if at all possible.

So after three different search attempts on Google, I finally found GPS coordinates. The lone article that I found did not provide thorough information. I was able to find the solar field but I had a frustrating experience once I left. Please be sure to read as much of this post as you can so that I can help you have a better experience.

How to Get to the Solar Field Art Installation

This art installation was created by Nathaniel Cas Ancheta and is set to be on display until September 2020. You will need to put the following coordinates into google maps or whatever you use. 34°43’39.0”N 118°22’12.7”W. I noticed when I put it into google maps it pulled up the name of an elementary school. This is essentially in the middle of nowhere with no school around.

Coming from the Burbank area we took the 5 up to the Santa Clarita area and then used small two-lane roads for the majority of the way. On our way back we decided to take the alternative route using the 14 which is much better and felt so much safer. Regardless of what road you take to get to the area and find yourself on Myrick Canyon Road your next step will be to turn on Ave G-4. This road is very unexcepted and not clearly marked so you will need to pay close attention.

The actual dirt path that takes you to the solar field is very bumpy and rocky. I had to get out of the car because it was making me uncomfortable. If you can find a spot to park on the side of the road I would recommend walking. Especially because it is a one-lane road with little space to move should another car come your way. Once you get to the field there is a small area for parking about 40 feet away.



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Yesterday I took my boyfriend on a spontaneous adventure to see the solar field art installation and the poppy’s. The exact location of the art installation is 34°43’39.0”N 118°22’12.7”W. . . . You will need to turn onto the dirt path from Myrick Canyon Road. The gps might make it seem like you’re headed to an elementary school. You’re not. There is a parking area very close to the small art installation. When we arrived there was one other group walking back to their car. Once we left the solar field we put the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve into the gps which led us on a wild goose chase into an area that got questionable for whether or not we could drive there. . . . My biggest tip is regardless of where you want to go next take the same path back to Myrick road. If you go the other way you will unintentionally wind up on private property. If you do want to go to the official poppy reserve there is a $10 fee but it will be much easier for you to get around and explore. I would wait a few weeks for the flowers to really grow. It is incredibly beautiful and the pictures do not do this justice but it will be even better once the poppies grow taller. #antelopevalley #antelopevalleypoppyreserve #poppies #californiapoppies #superbloom #solarfield #visitcalifornia #hellocalifornia #seela #discoverla #abc7eyewitness #sharesocal #cbsla #nbcla #visitla #ktla #foxla #lostinla #mydayinla #lamylove #welikela #timeoutla #eyeonla #losangelesgrammers #instaworthyla #lifehacksla #coolphotospotsla #fomofeedla #vivelosangeles

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The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

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If you would like to visit the poppy reserve head back to Myrick Canyon Road and go to the right. The cost to enter is $10 per vehicle. $9 per vehicle with a senior on board (62 and over). Or $5 per vehicle with DPR Disabled Discount Card. The reserve is open from sunrise to sunset daily year-round. You will be given a trail map but you can also download one online.

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It is a beautiful place to visit!

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The parking lot does have porta-potties but the visitor center has restrooms as well.

Looking to have other adventures in SoCal? Be sure to check out my post on 101 Things to Do in the LA Area.

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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