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It’s easy to stay fit and active in the Antelope Valley, and it’s just as easy to kick back and relax. The area is replete with hundreds of acres of developed local and county-operated park sites furnished with everything from athletic fields and playground equipment to trails and open spaces. Scenic golf courses and country clubs are also part of the recreation landscape of Antelope Valley, offering challenging play for golfers of all skill sets.

The region hosts various state parks, as well. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which comes to life with beautiful wildflowers in the springtime, features eight miles of trails, picnic tables and plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Just to its west sits the Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, home to a picnic area and self-guided nature trail complete with information on the desert wildflowers and animals residing in the woodlands. The region is also the site of the Saddleback Butte State Park, ideal for camping, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking/BBQing and wildlife and bird watching.

The Antelope Valley Family YMCA is a fantastic recreation resource in the area. Located in Lancaster, the state-of-the-art facility features two 25-yard indoor pools, the best in cardiovascular and weight machines, a teen fitness center, an exercise studio and the Child Activity Center. Its listing of programs – including aquatics, group fitness programs, personal fitness services, sports leagues, child care, summer camps and more – are great for members of all ages.

Other recreation facilities in the area include the Sweetwater Ranch Equestrian Center and the Brunswick Sands Bowl in Lancaster, the Mulligan Family Fun Center and DryTown Water Park & Mining Co. in Palmdale, and many others.

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