Saddleback Visitor Center

The Saddleback Butte State Park Visitor Center is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 4. Come visit us!

Want to make a donation to the Support Saddleback Fund? Use the donate button below and to the right - thank you!
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 1 to assure lunch: or 661-946-1976.

When: Saturday May 4, Registration 9 a.m.; in the Saddle 10 a.m. RSVP due May 2
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.

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 for questions or to apply.

7th Annual First Day Hike - January 1, 2019

More than 90 hikers joined us for the 7th annual First Day Hike at Saddleback Butte State Park. Despite record cold temperatures, all three hikes were very well attended! Thank you to all participants and hike leaders! Photos below: Group that made it to the peak of Saddleback Butte (9 am hike), 10 am hike to Little Butte, and 11 am family hike.
Support Saddleback Butte State Park
On 2012, the State of California  targeted Saddleback Butte State Park for closure. Upon hearing this news, a group of local citizen banded together to Save Saddleback Butte State Park. Over $46,000 was raised to keep the park open. The park is now "officially" saved but the committee continues its efforts as the Support Saddleback Committee. 
Since the committee was formed, campground sites have been enlarged to support larger RVs, the water system was repaired, and the visitor center has been enhanced with more improvements to come.

You can help the effort by giving your tax deductible donation to "Support Saddleback" through the non-profit Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association (PRMDIA)  P.O. Box 1408, Lancaster, CA 93584.

You can also donate to the Support Saddleback Fund via PAYPAL by clicking the DONATE button to the right
April 2018 Poker Ride
Thank you to all of the guests, volunteers and state park staff who participated in this year's "Poker Ride" on Saturday, April 28 at Saddleback Butte State Park. Ranger Kevin was this year's chef!

Junior Rangers at Saddleback!
Click on the Adventure Guide for more information!