Antelope Valley Wildlife Area


NEW: 2020 CDFW Wildlife Area Operational Changes due to COVID-19
The Department plans to operate wildlife areas and refuges to provide recreational opportunities for the upcoming waterfowl season while keeping hunters and department staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check the Department’s website for updates. For information on closures, visit the Department’s Closure Page.

This property is CLOSED to camping. Individuals may not reside in any manner on this property between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Consistent with the Governor’s Regional Stay Home Order updated December 6, 2020, ALL camping activities on Fish and Wildlife lands are suspended once a Region, as defined in the Order, reaches the 15% ICU bed capacity as directed in the Order. Camping will remain suspended for a minimum of three weeks.

view of hills meeting valley floor at Antelope Valley Wildlife Area
Antelope Valley Wildlife Area
California Wildlife Conservation Board photo


The approximately 5,600 acre Antelope Valley Wildlife Area includes the Antelope Valley and Merry-Go-Round units which are largely covered by sagebrush interspersed with rabbit brush and bitterbrush at the lower elevations. The upper slopes are populated by Jeffrey pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, and chaparral plants. It is considered prime deer winter range. Common game species include Rocky Mountain mule deer and mountain quail. Other common species include the golden mantled ground squirrel, Beechey ground squirrel, red-tailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, Stellar's jay, leopard frog and rattlesnake.

For more information, call the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Black Bear Hunting Turkey Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: hiking, wildlife viewing, and seasonal camping, hunting, and trapping

Hunting: Deer, bear, rabbit, tree squirrel, wild turkey, quail, grouse, and dove may be present.

Type C: Antelope Valley Wildlife Area does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Entry permits and/or passes or special drawing may be required for hunting on some Type C wildlife areas.

Facilities: None

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Please refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the link opens in new windowWaterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations. A searchable Property-specific regulations table is also available online.

Area History

Europeans first entered the Antelope Valley in the 1770s. The Spanish established El Camino Viejo through the western part of the valley in the 1780s. By 1808, the Spanish had moved the native peoples out of the valley and into missions. 49ers crossed the valley on their way to the gold fields.

Later, a better wagon road followed. Stagecoach lines across the southern foothills came through the valley along this wagon road, and were the preferred method for travelers before the railroad. The rail service linking the valley to the Central Valley and Los Angeles started its first large influx of white settlers, and farms and towns soon sprouted on the valley floor. The aircraft industry took hold in the valley in 1952.

The Antelope Valley Wildlife Area is grazed and there has been some logging. It was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1980.

Last update : 12/31/2020 12:39:29 PM
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North Central Region (Region 2)

Sierra County

between Sierraville and Loyalton

Access: For the Merry-Go-Round Unit, access is directly off Highway 49, west of Antelope Valley Road and the town of Loyalton; the Antelope Valley Unit can be reached by taking County Road 855 (Antelope Valley Road) south from Highway 49 just west of Loyalton.

Topographic Maps: link opens in new windowAntelope Valley WA (PDF)    link opens in new windowAntelope Valley Unit (PDF)    link opens in new windowMerry Go Round Unit (PDF)

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