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Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park

20501 Lancaster Rd

Added to the State Park System in 1988, Ripley Desert Woodland is located just west of the Poppy Reserve on Lancaster Road at 210th Street West. Donated to the State by Arthur "Archie" Ripley, the park protects and preserves an impressive stand of native Joshuas and junipers which once grew in great abundance throughout the valley. Today, only remnant parcels of this majestic woodland community remain in the valley, the rest having been cleared for farming and housing.


Sue Peterman

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The park was closed when we got there. We had check the hours and it said they would be open but they weren't.

Frank Rodriguez

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
It's a lovely park with lots of Juniper and Joshua trees. There's an information board with maps you can take along your walk. There are numbered trail posts to help you keep your bearings. There's a porta potty near the information board. The gate is always closed, so you need to park on the side of the road and just walk in (see my photo of the front gate). Tip: I don't have a good sense of direction, so I used Google Maps to drop a pin on my car and help me find my way back.

Mike H

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A nice small park worthy of a visit if you are into desert wilderness, but don't want to deal with crowds or horrible drives.

Patty Skinner

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
My favorite Park.

Anne Jones

Monday, March 27, 2017
Nice trail, well maintained picnic area, peaceful tranquility-filled day...and comical posing Joshua's to top it off! Like trees in spikey costumes hanging out after the party's over...

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