Saddleback Butte State Park
17102 E Ave. J, Lancaster, CA 93535, United States
Review №1

Saddleback Butte State Park is a nice smaller State Park with a day use area, a campground, and a few miles of trails. The days use area has sheltered picnic areas which are great in the hot summer or on windy days. There is a half mile loop trail near the day use area, and about a three mile out and back hike to the peak of Saddleback Butte. At the peak are 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape on a clear day and a possiblity of seeing some unique aircraft from the nearby air force base.

Review №2

Saddleback Butte State Park is a state park in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert, in Southern California. It is located east of Lancaster, north of the community of Lake Los Angeles, and south of the city of Edwards in the unincorporated city of Hi VistaDaytime use is free. Overnight camping is $20. Centralized Restrooms are available for the 50 camping sites. Each camping spot has a table, a fire ring and an overhead shelter.The prominent feature and namesake of the park is Saddleback Butte, that is 3,651 feet (1,113 m) high.Saddleback Butte State Park includes over 2,955 Acres of land, and was created in 1960 to protect the areas Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) desert habitat.The lights of Los Angeles obscure the stars in the sky, so star gazing isnt advisable. A nice place to hang out away from the cities.

Review №3

Beautiful park with a wonderful paved nature trail that had Animal tracks on it. Nice covered picnic areas. One of the nicest rangers I ever met gave us a pamphlet for the nature trail. Tucked away from the city it was nice and quiet.

Review №4

I told my fiance Im going to show her a nice rock, drove 28 minutes and boy did I show her a rock. I showed her a bunch of really freaking neat rocks - one of which had a plaque on them. Solid. She abandoned me at the park and I need help because the restrooms are closed due to covid-19 but it was well worth it.

Review №5

Great views of the valley! Nice area to walk. Very clean

Review №6

We loved this park! Lots of Joshua trees, wild flowers (in the season). There a great paved trail, so anyone could go. Theres covered picnic areas to block the wind. Theres also camping thats convenient and welcoming. Well be back for sure.

Review №7

This place is so peaceful I love going in the morning ️

Review №8

Awesome place for a quiet easy hike. Lots to see with different trails.

Review №9

Warm smokey day. Very friendly ranger.

Review №10

Its ok campground park , there is no hiking , just a quick getaway !

Review №11

This is such a nice little desert to camp. Also nice for hiking, some really cool wildlife out there. Be sure to pack water and sunscreen before you hike thought the sun is blistering hot in the summer. Pics are mine and are Copyright

Review №12

One of the few bastions of desert beauty out here in the AV.

Review №13

Very windy most of the time but it is a very nice when the wind stop or calm down a bit and it has the best rest room of all campground

Review №14

Always a treat to go. Outdoor area has a lot of walking trails, they have restrooms, a campground that charges $20/night, a little museum, a tiny gift store, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and great views!

Review №15

Beautiful. Able to go off trial. Easy for Kids.

Review №16

This place has some great hiking trails and beautiful views!

Review №17

Decent night sky

Review №18

The park has a great view of the desert and many trails that wind though a grove of Joshua trees. Its got that off the beaten path kind of vibe too.- There is also a small museum w/ a super friendly ranger at the park and entrance.- Theres wheelchair accessible parking lot and bathrooms along with access to free water.- Overnight camping is offered for a $20 fee

Review №19

Nice campsites, and very clean restrooms, thank you California state park rangers. You guys are amazing, and very knowledgeable.

Review №20

Had a great time. Beautiful view. Good way to start the new year.

Review №21

Perfect spot for star gazing

Review №22

Love this desert park. There are about 10 shaded picnic sites near the welcome center, a short walking path, and a path that takes you to the top. The path to the top is primarily flat until you get to the base of the butte, then it is all uphill which I found to be mildly strenuous for a man in his 40s. Its not a long hike, it is just unrelenting uphill. There is a campground here as well, although I have never been to it. There are horse trails, but this is a small park so dont know if it is worth hauling a horse out here or not. This is a place to see amazing sunrises and sunsets!!!!

Review №23

Cool little spot, no showers but interesting camping in the desert. 20 per night/campsite. Restrooms are very clean as well.

Review №24

The whole experience was awesome. The staff are very friendly and the whole place is picture perfect. Many trails to pick from and picnic site too. Camping is available as well for $20/night as of this date. I highly recommend coming here to relax and to walk around. There are benches as well along the route in case you get tired or going with children or elderly that get tired quickly.

Review №25

Phenomenal hiking spot beautiful sunsets amazing stars at night and easy pathways

Review №26

Beautiful sunsets. Day Hiking trails that tle anywhere from 30min to a few hours. $6 for day parking $20 for camp sites. No dogs allowed. Bikes are ok. Worth the visit if you live close by. A lot better places to visit if your coming far but for locals this is a beautiful spot. They say they exist but Im still waiting To see a desert Tortus there.

Review №27

So nice. Great hike to the top. Amazing views!

Review №28

The campsites are awesome, the rest rooms are always clean. The campsite host Denny is hospitable and Ranger Kevin is friendly and professional! Hiking trails available. The susets here are what post cards are made of. Close enough to town for convenience far enough out to see the stars. Highly Recommend!

Review №29

We did the 5-mile, first-day hike, and we had a great time. Excellent bite of the valley. We also went on the very short hike last year, which was lead by Jean the ranger. That hike was very short, but its worth it to get the information that Jean gives since shes so knowledgeable.

Review №30

Great campgrounds!

Review №31

Really awesome hike. My former partner used to rave about his visit in the spring and I wasn’t disappointed. Really peaceful climb on tough sand followed by amazing views. Get out there and heal your soul!

Review №32

Beautiful place! Friendly camp site host! Free for disabled veterans with vet pass (free).

Review №33

There are no horses in this park. So maybe the name Saddleback is a bit of a stretch! Still nice park in the desert with great views! I.L.Y. R.J.c.

Review №34

We loved our camp host. He made the experience even more enjoyable amid such a glorious landscape. Thank you Denny for your professionalism.

Review №35

Great place to camp. BBQ are there and ready just bring your charcoal and do it to it. Hiking is great. Challenging trails for the fit as well as leisure trails.

Review №36

We missed the chance to hike here the last time we were out that way, but we made it in time for some amazing sunsets. It was a lovely place and I plan on getting back out there one of these days.

Review №37

A great place to hike.

Review №38

Its so open. Keep your dog on a leash and youll be fine.

Review №39

This place is a great spot to visit. Barbeque is there.. nice restrooms.. handicap parking available.. fabulous for camping.. take the family!

Review №40

This place is gorgeous! Picture dont do it justice! Beautiful views, a trail, picnic areas and a learning center ♡

Review №41

A wonderful park to explore!

Review №42

This is a nice little state campground for a stop over in cool/winter weather. Ill use it again when on my way between Ventura/central coast and Eastern Sierra or Death Valley NP or points east. Note that there is a lot of traffic noise from big rigs passing by throughout the night. You might bring ear plugs.

Review №43

Good since my backyard, butts up against the buttes

Review №44

A great spot to see Joshua Trees on a paved trail. There is a small fee to park and spend time here, but there are plenty of shaded shelters over picnic tables to get out of the sun. There is a drinking fountain. The restrooms have pit toilets.

Review №45

Gorgeous night watching the meteor shower!

Review №46

Nice little place to hike. No water or shade so be prepared. There is a handicap path that is concrete and a little nature center. The center was closed even though the sign says open. A few others were out hiking as well. Even when you leave the concrete trail for the dirt trail it is flat and an easy walk

Review №47

Its exactly what we needed. My dad had a stroke a couple years ago and doesnt walk well, but the accessible trail with the interpretive signs was a bit under a mile and had benches to rest, so it was perfect.

Review №48

Quiet and clean. Amenities are running water, electric plugs in b-room and trash....windbreaks. Park rangers are respectful and dont hassle you. Nice campgrounda

Review №49

Denny is an excellent camp host! Will definitely be going back!

Review №50

Good for horseback ride, althoughshort. You can ride around entire buttes outside fence

Review №51

It is a fun place for people to hike.

Review №52

Absolutely beautiful. The Joshua Tree were flowing.

Review №53

Picturesque location to enjoy the landscape filled with Joshua trees. When the sky is filled with beautiful clouds this place really livens up.

Review №54

Restrooms very clean , nice trails, cant wait to hike there at night. To hot during the day.

Review №55

Yes beutifull clean

Review №56

Awesome trails to take the family beautiful sunsets and lovely Buttes

Review №57

Good viewsWell kept. $6 fee.Not crowded

Review №58

This is place is really special. I enjoyed it a bunch. Great views too!

Review №59

Too windy on the day we went to enjoy the hiking. Planned to tent camp but had to head home after the wind blew the tent over.

Review №60

Beautiful scenery, and the trails are very nice.

Review №61

Great hiking, beautiful views

Review №62

Great place to visit when the weather is cool. The sunset is amazing.

Review №63

Great first experience, quite and beautiful surroundings!!!

Review №64

Drove by not sure whats there

Review №65

Nice place to chill!

Review №66

Very beautiful views.

Review №67

Perfectly Beautiful! However, $20 per night to camp and there are no bathing facilities!?!!?!! :/

Review №68

Day use and overnight camping, toilets no other amenities. Nice self guided trails

Review №69

The g nav directions to this place will steer you completely wrong down a washboard dirt road to nowhere on the south side of the butte (2/2016). The campground and day use areas are on the NW corner of the park, enter on Ave J just east of the corner of 170th St E. The camping is further south down the drive from the day use picnic area. Its a pleasant enough campground, with nice hike through the sand and Joshua trees, but you are fairly aware of the populated Palmdale areas to the west. An austere high desert setting but sure nice at sunset. Camping is $26 which is pretty steep.

Review №70

Sand and dust park

Review №71

Great place for desert camping and hiking. Excellent views of the surrounding valley.

Review №72

Great place to watch the sky.

Review №73

Nice location but defiantly wouldnt recommend to go alone. Its in the middle of no where and a bit scary for my toddler and I!

Review №74

Great customer service!! We will be back!!

Review №75

Love the nature walk, cool breeze, easy to see trail

Review №76

It was our first time here, and the caretaking couple were so rude we left after 10 minutes. We will never bring our family here.

Review №77

Nice hike, great view at the top.

Review №78

Neat...kinda deserted looking

Review №79

Beautiful views for the peak. Bring water and sunscreen

Review №80

Not worth the detour if you have been to Joshua Tree

Review №81

Love exploring

Review №82

No flowers blooming yet, but its warming up.

Review №83

Nice for a little walking and stretching

Review №84

Fast in and out

Review №85


Review №86

Great hiking

Review №87

Beautiful place

Review №88


Review №89

Great view.

Review №90

Gorgeous place to be!

Review №91

Awesome place

Review №92

Good little place to hike

Review №93

Beautiful location

Review №94

The original Joshua Tree Park

Review №95

Kind of boring and not busy at all in April

Review №96

Breath taken

Review №97

Wildflowers after the rains whats next to see. Campgrounds have clean restrooms.

Review №98

No view, boring

Review №99

I love this place

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  • Address:17102 E Ave. J, Lancaster, CA 93535, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 661-727-9899
  • State park
  • Picnic ground
  • Tourist attraction
Working hours
  • Monday:7am–7:30pm
  • Tuesday:7am–7:30pm
  • Wednesday:7am–7:30pm
  • Thursday:7am–7:30pm
  • Friday:7am–7:30pm
  • Saturday:7am–7:30pm
  • Sunday:7am–7:30pm
  • Wheelchair-accessible car park:Yes
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • Public toilet:Yes
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