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Ripley Desert Woodland
Interpretive TrailWelcome to Ripley Desert Woodland State Park. Here on this site, you will see a prime example of a virgin forest of Joshua trees and junipers. Except for the alien grasses and the lack of native bunch grasses, this is how the western part of the Mojave Desert must have appeared to early explorers as they came through the area, such as Pedro Fages (1772), Father Garces (1776), or John C Fremont (1848).
Joshua trees and junipers are the dominate species of plants along with a large growth of golden bush, Mormon tea, blue sage and beavertail cactus. In the spring following a wet winter, many species of annual flowers bloom throughout the park.
The park is named for Arthur Ripley (1901 – 1988) will the property to the state. As a farmer, he cleared and farmed a large amount of acreage in the western part of the Antelope Valley but he also was concerned enough about the Joshua/juniper woodlands to leave this area in a pristine state.
The following are some of the things you will see along the nature trail:
Sage & Chia
Joshua Tree Sprouts
Adapted from - State of California