DescriptionSaddleback Butte State Park was established in 1960 to preserve its high-desert Joshua tree woodland. To the east of the campground and picnic area rises 3,651-foot Saddleback Butte. Key park attractions are the short self-guided Dic Dowen Nature Trail, the Peak Trail climbing 1,000 feet to a dramatic view across the Western Mojave Desert, a Visitor Center featuring natural and cultural history displays, and the unique Joshua Tree/Creosote habitat found only in the Mojave Desert. Springtime brings a show of wildflowers that varies yearly, and fall has clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Summer days are hot but nights are warm with excellent stargazing. Wildlife includes Mountain Bluebirds, Kit Foxes, and the federally-threatened Desert Tortoise.
Services & Amenities:
- Accessible Restrooms
- Barbeque Grills
- Dump Station
- Fire Rings
- Flush Toilet and Sinks (No Showers)
- Hiking Trails
- Iron Ranger
- Nature Trails
- Picnic Area
- Picnic Tables
- Potable Water
- Ranger Station
- Shade Ramadas
- Trails, Horse
- Visitors Center
Alerts and Important Information
Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.
Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).
- To book a Group site you must have at least NINE occupants.
- Group Camp is limited to 30 people and up to 12 vehicles. Reservation fee includes first 12 motorized vehicles; additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.
- Bring firewood or purchase bundles from Camp Host. Collecting firewood in the park is illegal. Fires allowed in fire rings only.
- Desert weather and temperatures can change suddenly and fluctuate widely. Bring warm clothing and protection from extreme conditions.
- Equestrian camping is not available.
- Reservations apply to group camp only.
- Park is closed from January 1 – December 31, 2013.
- Visit the park's webpage at http://www.parks.ca.gov for detailed information about the park's facilities and recreational opportunities.
- The park has 50 first-come, first-served standard family sites.
Getting There:The park is located 17 miles east of Lancaster on East Avenue K and 170th Street East.
SADDLEBACK BUTTE SP
Phone Number:Information: (661)727-9899