Events
Facilitated by the Mojave Sector of California State Parks in conjunction with these California State Park Cooperating Associations:
 PRMDIA, Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum
and/or the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association

 

Saddleback Butte State Park

Equestrian Poker Ride and Lunch Fundraiser

 

ETI Corral 138 and the Support Saddleback Committee invite equestrians to come out for a ride on Saturday May 4, to help fund improvements to the Saddleback Butte State Park equestrian facilities.

 

Elaine Macdonald will lead a 9 mile ride (about 3- hours) on the horse trail and around the back of Saddleback Butte, returning to the staging area for lunch (served from 11 a.m. until riders return). The trail is ideal for beginner riders or young horses. Terrain is sandy, with beautiful views of the Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains.

 

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and in the saddle at 10 a.m. sharp! Poker Hands included with registration will be pulled before the ride. ETI members $15.00; non-ETI members $20.00. Please RSVP to Elaine by May 1,  to assure lunch: emac43031@gmail.com or 661-946-1976.

 

When: Saturday May 4, Registration 9 a.m.; in the Saddle 10 a.m.

 

Cost: ETI members $15.00; non-ETI members $20.00.

 

Where: Saddleback Butte State Park Equestrian Staging area: 200th St.

East and East Avenue J-8 Directions from Lancaster: From Northbound 14 Freeway, take the 20th St. West exit. Turn right onto 20th Street West, and right again onto Avenue J. Go east on Avenue J for 22 miles (Pass the main entrance to Saddleback Butte State Park at 170th St. East.) Turn right on 200th Street East (a small dirt road) and go about ½ mile to the staging area at 200th Street East and East Avenue J-8. There is easy access pull-through.

 

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Camp Hosts Needed at Saddleback Butte State Park

 

Do you or someone you know have a trailer and love camping in the desert? We are looking for volunteer camp host(s) to stay at Saddleback Butte State Park, near Lancaster at the western end of the Mojave Desert (an hour north of LA).  

 

Duties include greeting visitors and campers, selling firewood, light grounds maintenance, light restroom cleaning, and opening/closing gates.  It's a small campground in a quiet park, but spring may be busy if we have a good wildflower bloom. Daily work hours depend on park visitation (but generally about 5 hours a day), and days off are during the week but flexible. Camp hosts can also be trained to give interpretive programs if interested. A small town and the main park offices are located only 4 miles away.

 

The 3-6 month position is available immediately. This is not a paying position, but hosts are compensated with a free campsite and hookups. Camp hosts must provide their own trailer or RV, and pass a background check. More info about the position and the park can be found at  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24561.  EmailKevin.Overduin@parks.ca.gov for questions or to apply.

 

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Spring Tours at Tehachapi Native American Village Site

 

California State Parks is currently taking reservations for the spring tour season at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi. Visitation is only permitted on a guided tour, which involves a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike.

 

Although no structures remain on this Kawaiisu (Nüwa) Native American village site, the area’s rich history comes alive through the trained volunteer tour guides and the clues that the inhabitants left behind. Tomo Kahni means “winter home” in Kawaiisu, and rock rings mark the locations of many of the kahni, or homes, that were built of juniper boughs.  Hundreds of mortar holes in the park tell of a very active past. The tour also includes Medicine Cave, Nettle Springs and a cave with pictographs- a sacred place of the Kawaiisu.

 

Spring tours will be offered Saturdays April 27th – June 8th.  Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with an orientation at the Tehachapi Museum in Tehachapi and last approximately 4 hours, including travel time to and from the park (transportation is not provided). 

 

Please note: This tour is not safe for those with heart conditions, breathing problems or walking limitations. Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended.  Ample drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary.

 

Tour fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-16 (age 5 and under are free, but not recommended on tours).  Tours are limited to 12 people and fill up fast so reservations are highly recommended for an additional fee of $10 per party.  To make a reservation or for more information, call (661) 946-6092 or email Mojave.Sector@parks.ca.gov.

 

Where:  Meet at Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green Street, Tehachapi

 

When:  Saturdays April 27th – June 8th, 8:30 a.m. – approximately 1 p.m.

 

Cost:  Adults: $5, Children age 6-16 $3, Children under 5 free. Reservations: $10 per party

 

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Spanish-language tour of Tehachapi Native American Village Site

 

Spanish-speaking docents will be leading a tour of Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi on Sunday, May 19th. Visitation is only permitted on a guided tour, which involves a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike.

 

Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with an orientation at the Tehachapi Museum in Tehachapi and last approximately 4 hours, including travel time to and from the park (transportation is not provided). 

 

Please note: This tour is not safe for those with heart conditions, breathing problems or walking limitations. Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended.  Ample drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary.

 

Tour fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-16 (age 5 and under are free, but not recommended on tours).  Tours are limited to 12 people and fill up fast so reservations are highly recommended for an additional fee of $10 per party.  To make a reservation or for more information, call (661) 946-6092 or email Mojave.Sector@parks.ca.gov.

 

Where:  Meet at Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green Street, Tehachapi

 

When:  Sunday, May 19th, 8:30 a.m. – approximately 1 p.m.

 

Cost:  Adults: $5, Children age 6-16 $3, Children under 5 free. Reservations: $10 per party


Red Rock Canyon State Park

April Campfire Program & Nature Walk Schedule

 

Join us for our Spring guided walks and talks! Learn about natural and cultural history as knowledgeable docents tell you about the unique features of Red Rock Canyon State Park. The visitor center is located at 37749 Abbot Road in Cantil, off Hwy 14, 22 miles north of Mojave. Ricardo Trail, across from the visitor center, is an easy walk on sand.

 

Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle/$5 with seniors 62 and up on board/$3 with DPR Disabled Discount Pass (please bring exact bills). Please note: Programs are subject to cancellation without notice. Checkwww.Facebook.com/RedRockCanyonStatePark for latest updates.

 

Sat., April 6th:  Docent led nature walk of the “Ricardo Nature Trail.” Learn about various plants and their flowers along with the small animals and how they adapted to the harsh desert environment.  Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 2:00 pm.

 

Sat., April 6th:  Come and hear an historic presentation of the former “Red Rock Railroad”. This is a slide presentation about the temporary spur railroad built through Red Rock Canyon during the construction of the LA Aqueduct.  Meet in the multipurpose room located in the visitor center at 7:00 pm

 

Sat., April 13th:  Docent led nature walk titled “A Walk Through Time”. You will gain information about weather changes, extinct and present wildlife, Native American uses of plants, and geological make up of Red Rock Canyon.  Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 2:00 pm.

 

Sat., April 13th:  “Reading Stories in Stone.” Discover the geological make up of Red Rock Canyon. Learn how the park was formed with the amazing colors you see.  Meet in the multipurpose room in visitor center at 7:00pm

 

Sat., April 20th:  “Beginning Birder Workshop” - Begins at 9:00 am in the visitor center. This will be a two-part program. The first part consists of training towards general recognition of birds and their calls. The second part will be two plus hours of going out and observing the various birds within the park. Participants can decide how long they want to tag along during the second part. It is highly recommended the participants bring binoculars and cameras. Because it may be warm - bottled water and a hat are recommended.

 

Sat., April 20th: “The Many Colors of the Desert.” This is a docent provided presentation as an introduction to the colorful plants and beautiful wildlife found at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Meet in the multipurpose room in visitor center at 7:00pm

 

Sat., April 27th:  Docent led nature walk of the “Ricardo Nature Trail.” Learn about various plants and their flowers along with the small animals and how they adapted to the harsh desert environment.  Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 10:00 am.

 

Sat., April 27th:  China Lake Astronomical Society will conduct a “Star Party” for viewing planets, constellations and other celestial objects in the night sky through some amazing telescopes. Meet at the visitor center parking lot area beginning at dusk. Arrival is requested before dark, and please turn off main headlights when entering the parking lot.

 

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Beginning Birder Workshop at Red Rock Canyon State Park

 

Birding expert Alexia Svejda will be leading a beginning birding workshop on Saturday, April 20th, starting at 9:00 am in the Red Rock Canyon State Park visitor center.

 

The program will begin with a presentation about general bird recognition techniques, followed by 2 hours of spotting the various birds within the park. Participants may stay as long as they like for the bird-spotting session. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them, layered clothing, sun protection, and bottled water.

 

Email Lou.Figueroa@parks.ca.gov for questions about the event.

 

When: Saturday, April 20th, 9 a. m.

 

Where:  Meet at Red Rock Canyon State Park visitor center, end of Abbot Road off Hwy 14, Cantil.

 

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Save the Date: More info to come!

·         May TBD: Outdoor theatre at Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Poppy Reserve Visitor Center

The Jane Pinheiro Interpretive Center at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve will open on March 1 through May 12 for 2019. Hours are 9 - 5 on the weekends and 10 - 4 during the week.
Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park

Reservations are being accepted now for the 2019 Spring Tours at Tomo-Kahni.

Poppy Festival  April 20 and 21

Look for the State Park Booth at the entrance to the Festival

Equestrian Event at Saddleback  May 4 (details below)

Volunteer Bar-b-que  May

Public Lands Day at Saddleback  October

Annual Meeting and Luncheon  Early Nov.

8th Annual First Day Hike Saddleback  Jan. 1, 2020
Annual Equestrian "Poker" Ride
May 4, 2019
Saddleback Butte State Park
RSVP Due May 1

ETI Corral 138 and the Support Saddleback Committee invite equestrians to come out for a ride on Saturday May 4, to help fund improvements to the Saddleback Butte State Park equestrian facilities.

Elaine Macdonald will lead a 9 mile ride (about 3- hours) on the horse trail and around the back of Saddleback Butte, returning to the staging area for lunch (served from 11 a.m. until riders return). The trail is ideal for beginner riders or young horses. Terrain is sandy, with beautiful views of the Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and in the saddle at 10 a.m. sharp! Poker Hands included with registration will be pulled before the ride. ETI members $15.00; non-ETI members $20.00. Please RSVP to Elaine by May 2 to assure lunch: emac43031@gmail.com or 661-946-1976.

When: Saturday May 4, Registration 9 a.m.; in the Saddle 10 a.m. RSVP due May 1
Cost: ETI members $15.00; non-ETI members $20.00.
Where: Saddleback Butte State Park Equestrian Staging area: 200th St. East and East Avenue J-8

Directions from Lancaster: From Northbound 14 Freeway, take the 20th St. West exit. Turn right onto 20th Street West, and right again onto Avenue J. Go east on Avenue J for 22 miles (Pass the main entrance to Saddleback Butte State Park at 170th St. East.) Turn right on 200th Street East (a small dirt road) and go about ½ mile to the staging area at 200th Street East and East Avenue J-8. There is easy access pull-through.