Prime Desert Woodland Preserve

  • 43201 35th Street West
  • Lancaster, CA 93536

Discover desert flora and fauna in the natural setting of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve. This scenic location nestled within an urban area has been established to provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the animals, plants, and the region in which we live, as well as a place to simply relax and enjoy nature. The Preserve has an area of about 123 acres with over three miles of trails and is home to the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center. The Interpretive Center is open Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designed by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), the Center is the first stage of a multi-phase improvement initiative which will include the development of an additional twenty acres of walking trails, as well as infrastructure and signage to the preserve. The Center's exhibition explores fauna, flora, geology, native peoples, and historical figures -- while encouraging audience engagement through an interactive experience. New to the interpretive center is a petroglyph and pictograph wall where visitors are invited to make their own pictographs in chalk. In addition, the preserve now offers an excavation station which includes replica bones, artifacts, and genuine geodes; an expanded library and reading area for children and adults; a re-imagined touch table where guests can have a hands-on experience with real animal hides, horns, and antlers; and regular workshops inspired by the landscape.