Prime Desert Woodland Preserve

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43201 35th St. West (Avenue K-8 & 35th St. West)

PDW-SunsetFirst proposed in 1985, the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is the result of the efforts of many local residents and the Lancaster City Council. This scenic location nestled within an urban area has been established to provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the animals, plants and the region in which we live, as well as a place to simply relax and enjoy nature.

The Preserve has an area of about 100 acres with over three miles of trails.

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Trails of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
The trails are normally open from 6:00 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. The exceptions would be times of heavy rain or snow. 

The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center
Also located in the Preserve is the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center

Interpretive Center Hours: 
Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center phone number is (661) 723-6230. When the Center is closed, please call the Park Ranger Station at (661) 723-5928. 

Exterior View of Elyze Clifford Interpretive CenterTOURS
If you are looking for a guided nature walk for your group, please email

In your email, please have the following information: The number of persons participating & whether they are adults or children. If the participants are primarily children, their approximate age or grade in school should be given in addition to the number of adults accompanying them.

The Antelope Valley subchapter of the San Fernando Audubon Society meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of March, June, September & December at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Interpretive Center. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Conditions of Use:
• Please stay on the trails.
• No dogs are allowed on the trails (not even on a leash).
• No smoking on the Preserve grounds.
• No alcoholic beverages allowed.
• No wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs or baby strollers. This means no bicycles, motor bikes, skates, skate boards or scooters.

For more information, please read all signs upon arrival.

All events are one hour long and held on Saturdays (unless otherwise noted).

RANGER OUTREACH PROGRAM | August-May (School Calendar) | Free
Park Rangers will come to your school and provide presentations on the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, as well as a brief history of the Interpretive Center and our City’s park system. Rangers share information on wildlife and plant life indigenous to the Antelope and Santa Clarita Valleys. Children can touch deer antlers, turtle shells, or rabbit, snake and coyote skins and much more. Learn about “World Wide Ranger Day,” park safety, pool safety and “stranger danger.” Also, learn what to do when you encounter snakes or wild animals. Free presentations are available for grades K-12. For more information or to schedule a visit, call the Park Ranger Supervisor at (661) 723-6257 or (661) 723-5928.

YOGA FOR "EVERY BODY" | 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 5:30 p.m. | $5 donation to instructor welcome
Re-energize your mind, body, and soul with our slow-flowing gentle yoga practice and meditation set in the serene and secluded pavilion at the Preserve. This donation-based class is perfect for beginners or those who enjoy a slower more mindful-based practice. For more information, please call 661-723-6077.

MOON WALKS | $2 donation welcome.
Experience a magical night of nature and astronomy combined! Jeremy Amarant, Director of Palmdale School District's SAGE Planetarium, will take you on a journey through the mysterious night sky, teaching about the stars and constellations as he and Park Rangers lead a one-mile tour of the Preserve. Weather permitting, AV Astronomy Club members will have their telescopes available.

Spring & Summer 2017 Moon Walk Schedule:
May 20 @ 8:30 p.m.
June 3 @ 8:30 p.m.
July 15 @ 8:30 p.m.
August 12 @ 8 p.m.

BIRD WATCHING WALK | May 13, June 17, July 15, & August 19 @ 9 a.m. | Free 
Park Rangers will lead an educational bird watching walk, beginning at the Interpretive Center with a vast description of birds native to the Antelope Valley and their habitats, and then continuing on to the trails of the Preserve. Bring binoculars.

DINOSAUR PRESENTATION | June 24 @ 1 p.m. | $3, ages 3 and younger Free 
Dinosaur expert Richard Wade offers an interactive demonstration on the "Last Days of the Dinosaurs," including a full-scale model of a T-Rex skull and a seven-foot model of a brachiosaurus bone.

Los Angeles County Park Rangers will bring wild animals and reptiles from Devil's Punchbowl to the Preserve. Learn how these animals live in the wild and the important measures that are taken to ensure their survival, includingthe Wilderness Act of 1964.

CELEBRATE "WORLD RANGER DAY" | July 29 @ 1 p.m. | Free 
Learn about "World Ranger Day" and animals native to the Antelope Valley from City of Lancaster Park Rangers. See rabbit, snake, and coyote skins, as well as feathers from the red tail hawk, common crow, and birds of prey found at the Preserve. Don't miss this opportunity to earn your Junior Park Ranger badge. There will be food, games, and free walking tours for families to enjoy. Join us for a presentation in the Interpretive Center at 1 p.m.

FREE GUIDED TOURS | August 26 @ Noon | Free 

Park Rangers provide personal tours of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve's beautiful trail system. Following the tours, check out the exhibits in the Interpretive Center. Se habla español.

Fees to attend presentations will be collected at the door of the Interpretive Center on the day of each presentation. All presentations & walks last approximately one hour. Presentations are free for children three years & under. Meet at the Interpretive Center at posted times for all group walks. Call (661) 723-6230 for more information.

• Attendance is limited for events in the Interpretive Center.
• Meet at the Interpretive Center at posted times.

For questions or comments please email us at  


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