Saddleback Butte State Park, located on the eastern fringe of Antelope Valley, is high-desert country, a land of creosote bush and Joshua tress. The park takes the name of its most prominent feature-3,651 foot Saddleback Butte, a granite mountaintop that stand head and shoulders above Antelope Valley. The Richard Dowen Nature Trail is a good introduction to the Joshua tree and other plant life found in this corner of the desert. The trail to the boulder-strewn summit of Saddleback Peak takes a straight-line course with most of the elevation gain occurring in the last half mile. From atop the peak, enjoy far-reaching desert views.