Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
The preserve encompasses an area of more than 120 acres of uninterrupted desert landscape with nearly three miles of trails.
The Prime Desert Woodland Preserve hosts regular Bird Walks as well as Moon Walks throughout the remote wildlands. During the Moon Walks, you’ll join local astronomy experts to stargaze and explore, as well as nature lead walks. The one-mile trek gives visitors a chance to learn about constellations, view the galaxy through advanced telescopes and enjoy the dark side of nature.
First proposed in 1985, the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is the result of the efforts of many local residents and the Lancaster City Council. 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 exhibition designed by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), explores each of the major areas the center has traditionally included such as fauna, flora, geology, native peoples, and historical figures — while increasing audience engagement through a more interactive experience.
Also at 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 reimagined touch table where guests can have a hands-on experience with real animal hides, horns, and antlers; and regular workshops inspired by the landscape.
The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center
Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center.
Hours: Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed for all major holidays
The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center phone number is (661) 723-6257. When the Center is closed, please call the Museum of Art of History at (661) 723-6251.
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Trails of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
The trails are open during park hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The exceptions would be times of heavy rain or snow. The Preserve has an area of about 120 acres with over three miles of trails.
Conditions of Use:
• Please stay on the trails.
• No dogs are allowed on the trails (not even on a leash).
• No smoking on the Preserve grounds.
• No alcoholic beverages allowed.
• No wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs or baby strollers. This means no bicycles, motor bikes, skates, skate boards or scooters.
For more information, please read all signs upon arrival.