Saddleback State Park Visitor Center

The Saddleback Butte Visitor Center will be open again beginning September 7! It will be open through Spring every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. Come and visit! Great Junior Ranger program is available!

Have you joined PRMDIA and/or made a donation to Saddleback? Have you made a purchase in the gift shop at Saddleback or the Poppy Reserve? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are helping us to keep the Saddleback State Park Visitor Center open! THANK YOU!

Want to make a donation to the Support Saddleback Fund? Use the donate button below and to the right - thank you!
Public Lands Day Cleanup at Saddleback - October 26, 2019

Celebrate your public lands by giving back to your local parks! As part of the 26th Annual National Public Lands Day, Saddleback Butte State Park is leading a habitat cleanup on Saturday, October 26th from 8 a.m. to noon.

Litter in the park, dropped by careless visitors or blown in from the road, is dangerous for wildlife and unsightly in nature. Volunteers are needed to pick up wrappers, cups, balloons, and other debris tangled in bushes near the campground and along the fence line.
This activity involves walking through soft sand and/or compacted dirt road for the distance of your choice. Those who wish to trek far should be sure to arrive early! Please note that dogs are only allowed in the campground, picnic area, and park road (no dogs on trails in State Parks).

Parking fees will be waived for participants, and you will receive a complimentary Litter Getter Magnet, a district-wide day use pass for adults, and a Saddleback Butte State Park patch or water bottle to thank you for your stewardship!

Coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that people across America use and enjoy every day. Each year, National Public Lands Day volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of services that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish. Last year, more than 200,000 people participated in events at more than 2,500 sites in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Please note: the official NPLD, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA, is September 28th; the event at Saddleback is held a month later when the desert is cooler.

Check in at the campground for registration and litter pickup supplies. Bring lunch, water, layered clothing with long pants, and sun protection; bringing your own reusable gloves and water bottles will help conserve natural resources. Pre-registration is not required, but participants may RSVP in advance on Facebook. For questions about this event, call 661-946-6900 or email For information about the park, visit

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.

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!