The Antelope Valley is a large area located in the northern section of
Los Angeles County extending into the southeastern section of Kern County. It is generally located between the Tehachapi Mountains and the
San Gabriel Mountains, and is directly north of the
Angeles National Forest,
Pasadena, and the
City of Los Angeles. The
Santa Clarita Valley and the
City of Santa Clarita are to the southwest.
Victor Valley and
Victorville are to the west.
The two largest cities in the Antelope Valley are Palmdale and
Lancaster. Other incorporated cities include California City, Rosamond,
Lake Los Angeles, Quartz Hills, and
Sun Village. The population of the Antelope Valley is approximately 500,000.
Colleges and universities located in the Antelope Valley include:
Major employers in the Antelope Valley include:
Rosamond is a
census-designated place located approximately 11 miles north of Lancaster and to the west of Edwards Air Force Base at the far north end of the Antelope Valley. The community was first settled in 1885 and has a population approaching 20,000.
Quartz Hill is a census-designated place in the Antelope Valley region of northern Los Angeles County. It is located just to the west of Palmdale and Lancaster and has a population of approximately 12,000. The Angeles National Forest is located to the west.
Quartz Hill Library
The Quartz Hill Library is a 3,530 square foot community library located in Quartz Hill, which is in the Antelope Valley. Services include computers, research materials, a large meeting room with a capacity of 100, study rooms, a children's area, a teen area, and an adult area. Nearby county libraries include the Lancaster Library, the Littlerock Library, the Lake Los Angeles Library, and the Acton Agua Dulce Library.
Pearblossom is a small unincorporated community in the Antelope Valley region of northern Los Angeles County. Pearblossom is approximately 15 miles southeast of Palmdale, southwest of Lake Los Angeles, and north of the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains.
Leona Valley is a census-designated area in northern Los Angeles County, just west of Palmdale, south of Quartz Hill, at the far west and of the Antelope Valley. Leona Valley is home to both Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth. The Angeles National Forest is to the southwest. Leona Valley is known for its wine grapes and cherries. Its population is under 2,000. The original inhabitants were the Tatavian people.
California City, incorporated in 1965, is a city in the northern part of the Antelope Valley with an estimated population of 14,900. Edwards Air Force Base, which is just south of California City, is the largest employer. Lancaster, which is a major source of employment, is approximately 40 miles to the south. A large percentage of the residents are retired senior citizens. While California City has a small population, it is the third largest city in the state by area. There is one PGA golf course and a small municipal airport in the city. Central Park Lake is a 20 acre man-made lake in the center of the city.
Crystal Airport, California
Crystal Airport is a private-use airport located about six miles south of Pearblossom in the Antelope Valley and the northern section of Los Angeles County. Crystal Airport is home to the Southern California Soaring Academy, a glider school, and is primarily a glider airport.
Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), established in 1933, is a major U.S. Air Force installation in the Antelope Valley region of
Southern California located about twenty-two miles northeast of Lancaster and east of Rosamond. Edwards is home to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, the Air Force Test Center, and the Air Force Material Command. Edwards Air Force Base is a major employer in the Antelope Valley. Public tours are available and the base has an excellent museum.
Armstrong Flight Research Center
Dryden Flight Research Center
The Armstrong Flight Research Center, also known as the Dryden Flight Research Center is an aeronautical research center located on Edwards Air Force Base in the Antelope Valley region of northern Los Angeles County. The facility is operated by NASA and is a major employer.
United States Air Force Plant 42
United States Air Force Plant 42, also known as Plant 42, was developed between 1935 and 1956 near Palmdale in the Antelope Valley. The facility consists of 5,000 acres. Plant 42 is a United States Government aircraft manufacturing plant owned by the United States Air Force and operated by Wright-Paterson Air Force Base and Edwards Air Force Base. Plant 42 is also used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Contractors that operate from Plant 42 include Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Plant 42 is adjacent to the Palmdale Regional Airport with both sharing a common aircraft runway. Plant 42 is located approximately 60 miles northeast of
Downtown Los Angeles and 23 miles northeast of Edwards Air Force Base.
Brian Ranch Airport
Brian Ranch Airport is a private airport located about 40 miles north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley midway between Palmdale and Victorville. The airport specializes in ultralights and light sports aircraft. Flight instruction is available at the airport. Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, Brian Ranch Airport sponsors an air show featuring ultralights, light sport aircraft, sky divers, radio controlled aircraft, rocket demonstrations and more.
Antelope Valley Conservancy
The Antelope Valley Conservancy is a non-profit public benefit corporation that preserves the natural habitats and watershed resources in the Antelope Valley which includes Palmdale and Lancaster. The conservancy sponsors research, community service, and environmental education.
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, consisting of 1,781 acres, is a California state poppy reserve located in the western Antelope Valley which is in the northern section of Los Angeles County. The reserve, established in 1976, is to the northwest of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley, and approximately 15 miles west of Lancaster. California Poppies, the state flower, are usually in bloom from late winter to early spring depending upon the amount of rain. The fields are absolutely beautiful. There are more than eight miles of trails.
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
The Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park is a California State Park located in the western Antelope Valley which is in the northern section of Los Angeles County. The park is approximately 20 miles west of Lancaster and about 5 miles from the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. The Santa Clarita Valley is a few miles to the southwest. The park protects the Joshua Trees and California Juniper Trees.
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located on 134 acres, is located in Lancaster just off the 14 Freeway in the heart of the Antelope Valley. The fairgrounds is a major events location for both special and year-round events such as a Bridal Show, a Home Show, an Outdoor Expo, a Jazz Festival, a spectacular Fireworks Show, a Rodeo, and a Landscape Show. The facility is also used regularly for trade shows, large corporation events, concerts, graduation celebrations, and more.
Alpine Butte Wildlife Sanctuary
The Alpine Butte Wildlife Sanctuary is a 320 acre wildlife sanctuary and open nature preserve in Lake Los Angeles, approximately 17 miles east of Palmdale’s Civic Center in the eastern Antelope Valley section of Los Angeles County. Edwards Air Force Base is to the north and the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest are to the south. The area is covered with beautiful wildflowers each year after the winter and spring rains.
Antelope Valley Senior Center
The Antelope Valley Senior Center, located in Lancaster, California, serves people 50 years of age or older living in the Antelope Valley. The center provides educational, social, and recreational services including an extensive library.
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park, established in 1979, is a 397 acre state historic park located in the Antelope Valley region of northern Los Angeles County. The museum which is in the state park was built in 1928 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open to the public and contains collections relating to the
Chumash People, the
Tongva People, the Tataviam People, and other tribes of California Indians.
Desert Aire Golf Course
Desert Aire Golf Course is a 9 hole course in Palmdale with tree lined fairways. Amenities include a practice putting green and a large practice chipping green area. Clinics and lessons are available.
Little Rock Dam
Little Rock Creek and Reservoir
Little Rock Creek is a 16.7 mile stream originating in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County and ends at Little Rock Dam which forms the 108 acre Little Rock Reservoir south of Palmdale. Water flowing out of the reservoir forms Little Rock Wash which ends in the Antelope Valley.
Among the first people to settle in the Antelope Valley were the
Tataviam Indians who resided in Southern California for thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.
Saddleback Butte State Park
Saddleback Butte State Park, created in 1960, is a state park in the Antelope Valley section of northern Los Angeles County. The 2,955 acre state park is named for the 3,651 foot high butte located within the park. The Southern California park is located east of Palmdale and Lancaster, south of Edwards Air Force Base, and north of Lake Los Angeles.
California State University Bakersfield – Antelope Valley
California State University Bakersfield – Antelope Valley (CSUB-AV), located in Lancaster, California, offers more than 50 different Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. CSUB-AV is a satellite campus of the California State University, Bakersfield, established in 1965.
Antelope Valley Hospital
Antelope Valley Hospital, founded in 1955, is a 420 bed public community hospital in Lancaster, California. The hospital specializes in acute care and is one of 14 trauma centers in Los Angeles County. The hospital is a major source of employment and serves the entire Antelope Valley.
Antelope Valley Real Estate
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