Events
Facilitated by the Mojave Sector of California State Parks in conjunction with these California State Park Cooperating Associations:
 PRMDIA, Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum
and/or the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association
Upcoming Events for 2018

Attention Equestrians!
This year’s Saddleback Butte Annual “Poker Ride”will be on Saturday, April 28.
To register, please click here for more information.

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Poppy Reserve Visitor Center Open March 1 - Mother’s Day

 

The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve will be open March 1st – Mother’s Day (May 13th), from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends. The Interpretive Center offers wildlife and wildflower displays, a gallery of Jane S. Pinheiro’s detailed watercolor paintings, an orientation video, and a gift shop featuring unique wildflower-themed items. 

 

Bloom peak and duration is unpredictable, but generally late March/early April is the best bloom, with a mosaic of color that changes daily. Poppies open up on nice days but they curl up if it’s windy or cold, so visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before arriving.  Wildflower updates and photos will be posted weekly throughout the season at www.parks.ca.gov and www.Facebook.com/PoppyReserve, or call (661) 724-1180 for recorded updates. 

 

Admission is $10 per vehicle, $9 with a senior 62 and older on board, or $5 with a California State Parks Disabled Discount Card.  Please note that dogs are not allowed, with the exception of trained service animals.  All flowers and park features are protected and may not be picked or collected, and visitors must stay on trails at all times.


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Spring Tours at Tehachapi Native American Village Site

California State Parks is currently taking reservations for the spring tour season at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi. Visitation is only permitted on a guided tour, which involves a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike.

Although no structures remain on this Kawaiisu Native American village site, the area’s rich history comes alive through the trained volunteer tour guides and the clues that the inhabitants left behind. Tomo Kahni means “winter home” in Kawaiisu, and rock rings mark the locations of many of the kahni, or homes, that were built of juniper boughs.  Hundreds of mortar holes in the park tell of a very active past. The tour also includes Medicine Cave, Nettle Springs and a cave with pictographs- a sacred place of the Kawaiisu.

Spring tours will be offered Saturdays April 28th through June 9th.   Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with an orientation at the Tehachapi Museum in Tehachapi and last approximately 4 hours, including travel time to and from the park (transportation is not provided). 

Please note: Those with heart conditions or breathing problems should NOT take this tour. Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended.  Ample drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary.

Tour fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-16 (age 5 and under are free, but not recommended on tours).  Tours are limited to 15 people and fill up fast so reservations are highly recommended for an additional fee of $10 per party.  To make a reservation or for more information, call (661) 724-1206 or email Tehachapi.District@parks.ca.gov.

Where:  Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green Street, Tehachapi

When:  Saturdays April 28th through June 9th, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cost:  Adults: $5, Children age 6-16 $3, Children under 5 free. Reservations: $10 per party