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The State of California had targeted the park for closure on July 1, 2012. You can help the effort to save Saddleback Butte Park by giving your tax deductible donation to "Save Saddleback" through the non-profit Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association (PRMDIA)  P.O. Box 1408, Lancaster, CA 93584

 

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Click here for photos of State Parks Night at the JetHawks game.

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Email:  info@savesaddleback.org

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New video featuring the park.  Click here

July 12, 2014, Saturday, 5 pm - Twilight Hike - Hike starts at 5pm at the campground off Avenue K.  Bring a flashlight, water and sturdy walking shoes. There will be a campfire program after the hike starting at about 8:30 pm. All activities are included in the $6 per  car day use fee.  No dogs are allowed.

July 19, 2014, Saturday - Saddleback / State Parks Night at the Lancaster Jethawks baseball game.  Contact Gretchen Winfrey (661-609-8757) by July 12th to obtain tickets. Click on Flyer for contact information. If tickets are not bought through the committee then proceeds do not get credited to support Saddleback.   Flyer here

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September 27, 2014, Saturday, 5 pm - Lake Los Angeles at Saddleback Day.  Music provided by Keefetowne Blend.

 Although it has been a dry season, no one told the flowers at Saddleback.  Here is a link to the 2014 season’s bloom.

 Thanks to the Support Saddleback Fund (formerly Save Saddleback Fund) & your donations, the park staff is now funded so that the Visitor Center is open every weekend from 11am-4pm. Campfire programs will be offered every Saturday at 6pm.  Improvements have been made to the Visitor Center by the Lancaster Photography Association whose members have donated photos & labor to update our displays of the park’s wildlife.  Click here for a photo of one display.

SAVE SADDLEBACK UPDATE - December 2013  - Due to the financial support and efforts of those interested in keeping Saddleback Butte State Park open, we have raised sufficient funds to achieve our initial commitment and even exceed it by $3,000.  This allowed us to give $23,000 to the Department of Parks and Recreation to be used exclusively at Saddleback Butte State Park.  This donation was matched by the State from the matching funds program bringing the total to $46,000.  These funds will assist in providing staffing as well as in funding necessary infrastructure repairs and modifications to facilitate the public enjoyment of the park.  We are excited about the projects now in progress, and thank all who gave of their time, money, and/or participation support.  Promoting use and enjoyment of the park in the future is critical.  We will continue with your support to plan events and raise funds.

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Save Saddleback Committee receives $5,000 Grant!    The California State Parks  Foundation announced on July 11, 2013 that they will award $5,000 to the Save  Saddleback Fund.  This contribution, along with all money donated to Save Saddleback Butte State Park, is eligible for matching funds from  the California Department of Parks and Recreation. When the funding cycle is completed and matching funds awarded, this means that the Save Saddleback Committee, operating under the umbrella of PR/MDIA, will have raised more than $23,000 ($46,000 with matching funds) to help keep Saddleback Butte State Park open to the public. The SSC is very grateful for the support  of the California State Parks Foundation and to everyone who has contributed to our efforts. If you would like to add to our efforts, it  is not too late to donate!

Click HERE to send an email to Governor Brown & our representatives in Sacramento. By doing this, you will help those of us who are trying to “Save Saddleback”. Please pass this link / info on to others.

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Official State Web Site

The park is 17 miles east of Lancaster at the intersection of Avenue J & 170th St. East.  Campgrounds and picnic areas are available. Click on the official site above for information

DEFEND WHAT IS YOURS.  From the California State Parks Foundation.  Click here.

The horse ride and hike were a success on March 24th. Click here for an article by Alan Hendry of the AV Press

Saddleback reprieve article form the AV Press on Friday, July 13   here

Horse Tales, an article about Saddleback Butte Park by Elaine Macdonald in the April issue of the AV Press Lifestyles magazine. Click here

Corralling California Poppies. Here is an article from the Desert Report of March 2012 by Mark Faull.  Click here.

Why Save Saddleback Butte State Park ?

The Changing Seasons at Saddleback Butte

State Parks and Education

   We wish to thank those people who donated funds in 2012 to help keep Saddleback Butte State Park open.  Your support has contributed to keeping the park open per our agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  In particular, we wish to thank the two anonymous donors who each donated $1,000 as well as the Antelope Valley Group of the Sierra Club who donated $225.  Since donations are made to the Save Saddleback Fund through the non-profit Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association, all contributions are tax deductible. The raised funds will also be eligible for the matching funds program with the “found” state money.   --- The Save Saddleback Committee

Some of Our Efforts to Date

Assembly Bill 42 Approves Non-Profit Partnerships to Keep Parks Open

Access To Our American Heritage

The Connection Between State Parks & Tourism

Theaters Of Art & Science

A Few Less Talked About Benefits Of Parks

Parks & Community Rejuvenation

The Save Saddleback Committee will continue to raise funds for the Park

California State Parks Threatened Due to Budget Shortfalls

  Concerned citizens are banding together both locally and statewide to help save and keep open as many of our precious parks as possible.  The Save Saddleback Committee is made up of citizens who recognize the majesty, beauty, and special character of Saddleback Butte State Park and who are working creatively together to perpetuate these wonderments for the benefit of all our citizenry.  In California, statewide cuts have heavily impacted California State Parks.  Funding for State Parks has been cut consistently for several years.  In July 2011, this agency absorbed a drastic $11 million dollar budget reduction with additional cuts scheduled to be implemented in July 2012.  Lacking adequate operating funds, the Department of Parks and Recreation had no choice but to schedule parks for closure.  Saddleback Butte State Park was scheduled for closure beginning July 1, 2012. Since its formation, the Save Saddleback Committee has been actively fund raising and through these efforts has been able to sign a donor agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation wherein the committee, working through the Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretative Association, will contribute funds to prevent the total closure of Saddleback Butte State Park for this fiscal year.  This has been made possible by contributions from local citizens as well as with a grant from the California State Parks Foundation.  The committee recognizes that we have only a temporary reprieve.   Our passion and momentum to save Saddleback Butte State Park will not cease.  We will ardently continue to fundraise to promote the values inherent in this unique landscape for the enjoyment of all.  We welcome the time and talents of anyone who would like to help this noble effort.  Together, we hope to save Saddleback Butte State Park from closing its doors in the foreseeable future.  Please join our effort or donate if you are able.

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