Saddleback Visitor Center

Saddleback Visitor Center is now closed for the summer. It will reopen September 1 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!

Camp Hosts at Saddleback Butte State Park

Happy to report that Saddleback again has a camp host. 


But hosts can stay for a limited amount of time and new hosts "in the pipeline" are always needed. 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!