Parks & Recreation

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The Antelope Valley area is rich in parks and recreational areas. Please visit the websites of the aforementioned cities and communities for a complete listing. Below is a sample of the venues.

Big 8 Softball Complex at
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43011 N. 10th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93534

One of the largest of all softball complexes in California, the Big 8 has eight fully fenced fields with championship lighting, electronic scoreboards and grounds crew for leagues and tournaments. The complex also offers concessions, a children’s playground and a 10-cage batting range.

Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Parks and Recreation

Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area
California City, CA 93505

The Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area is a 39.5-square-mile area in the northwestern Mojave Desert. It was created to protect the native desert tortoise, which is California’s state reptile.

Lancaster National Soccer Center
43000 30th St. E
Lancaster, CA 93535
Weekdays: 661-723-5826
Weekends: 661-723-5965

This complex with 35 fields attracts regional and national tournaments to Lancaster, in addition to serving local youth and adult soccer teams. The fields are adaptable for other sports activities to include lacrosse and cross-country.

Lancaster Performing Arts Center
750 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

The Lancaster Performing Arts Center provides a broad spectrum of regional, national and world-class entertainment.

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
43201 35th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93536

This scenic location nestled within an urban area gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the region, its flora and fauna. The preserve’s 100 acres has more than 3 miles of trails and is home to the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center.

Red Rock Canyon State Park
California State Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519

Located 37 miles north of Edwards AFB via California City, the park features spectacular red and gray sandstones that have eroded into a variety of shapes.

Saddleback Butte State Park
East Avenue J at 170th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535

Saddleback Butte, elevation 3,651 feet, is a granite mountaintop that stands some thousand feet above the broad alluvial bottom land of the Antelope Valley about 20 miles east of Lancaster, on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. Activities include camping, exhibits, hiking and guided tours.


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