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 and the First Day of 2019

Tomo-Kahni Twilight Hike: September 22nd (Tickets: Tehachapi Museum)

Tomo-Kahni tours: September 29-November 10

October 6: National Public Lands Day Cleanup at Saddleback Butte State Park

October 20 and 21: Indian Museum Annual Celebration

Holidays on the Homestead: December 1st, 5-8 p.m.

January 1, 2019: First Day Hike at Saddleback Butte State Park



Fall Tours at Tehachapi Native American Village Site


California State Parks is currently taking reservations for the fall 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 (Nüwa) 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.


Fall tours will be offered Saturdays September 22nd - November 10th.  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 12 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) 946-6092 or email


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


When:  Saturdays September 22nd - November 10th, 8:30 a.m. – approximately 1 p.m.


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




Twilight Tour of Tomo Kahni Village Site


Visit Tomo Kahni State Historic Park and see the sun set as the full moon rises. Walk the paths where the Kawaiisu lived and enjoy the beauty of the village site nestled in the mountains of Sand Canyon. Jean Rhyne, California State Parks Interpreter, will conduct the guided tour. Meet at 5:30 pm at the Tehachapi Museum for an introduction to the culture of the local tribe in the Milano Gallery, then carpool to the site for a twilight look at the ancient village site.


The tour is limited to 20 guests, so reservations are mandatory and the cost is $20 per person. Reservations can be made at the Tehachapi Museum on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12 to 4 pm, or by calling the Museum at (661) 822-8152 and leaving a message. No guests under 12 please.


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


When:  Saturday September 22nd, 5:30 p.m.


Cost:  Adults: $20. Reservations required.




National Public Lands Day Event:

Saddleback Butte State Park Habitat Cleanup


Celebrate your public lands by giving back to your local parks! As part of the 25th Annual National Public Lands Day, Saddleback Butte State Park is leading a habitat cleanup on Saturday, October 6th from 8 a.m. to noon. 


Litter in the park, dropped by careless visitors or blown in from the road, is dangerous for wildlife and unsightly in nature. Volunteers are needed to pick up wrappers, cups, balloons, and other debris tangled in bushes near the campground and along the fence line.


This activity involves walking through soft sand for the distance of your choice. Those who wish to trek farther should be sure to arrive early! Please note that dogs are only allowed in the campground, picnic area, and park road (no dogs on trails in State Parks). Parking fees will be waived for participants, and you will receive a complimentary Litter Getter Magnet, a district-wide day use pass for adults, and a Saddleback Butte State Park patch or water bottle to thank you for your stewardship!


Coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that people across America use and enjoy every day. Each year, National Public Lands Day volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of services in one day that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish. Last year, more than 200,000 people participated in events at more than 2,500 sites in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. The official NPLD, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA, is September 22nd; please note that the event at Saddleback is on October 6th.


Check in at the campground for registration and litter pickup supplies. Bring lunch, water, layered clothing with long pants, and sun protection; bringing your own reusable gloves and water bottles will help conserve natural resources. Pre-registration is not required, but participants may RSVP in advance at For questions about this event, call 661-946-6900 or email  For information about the park, visit


When: Saturday, October 6th, 8 a.m. to noon


Where: Check in at Saddleback Butte State Park Campground, 17071 East Avenue K in Lancaster (East Avenue K and 170th Street East, near Lake Los Angeles).

From Hwy 14, follow Ave K east past 150th St. East. Road becomes K-8; make a left on 170th Street East back to Avenue K. Make a right, and the campground entrance is on the left.


Contact: Jean Rhyne, 661-946-6900,




Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Annual American Indian Celebration


The Antelope Valley Indian Museum’s popular American Indian Celebration will be held October 20-21st, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The celebration will feature Native music, dancing, storytelling, and food. Native artists will sell jewelry, beadwork, gourd art, paintings, and crafts at the event. Families will enjoy working with clay and trying their hand at pounding acorns and pine nuts at the touch table exhibit in Joshua Cottage.


Admission is $8 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Parking is free. For more information, phone the museum at (661) 946-3055 (711 TTY relay service), or visit our website at


When: Saturday and Sunday October 20-21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m


Where: Antelope Valley Indian Museum, 15701 East Avenue M, Lancaster, California. From the 14 Freeway in Lancaster, go east on Avenue K to 150th Street East, then follow the signs to the museum.


Cost: $8 for adults. Children age 12 and under are free.


Contact: Peggy Ronning,, 661-946-6900




Kid’s Activity Program at Tomo-Kahni


On Saturday October 27th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park volunteers will host a program at the park for kids age 7 and up, with activities such as rope making, acorn grinding, and a Kawaiisu Indian dance at the “winter home” village site.  Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the site, park visitation is only permitted on a guided tour.


Families will meet for an introduction at the Tehachapi Museum at 9 a.m. and caravan out to the park (transportation not provided). The program route is 2.5 miles round-trip and the group will return to the Tehachapi Museum at 1 p.m. Please note, children under seven may not be brought along.


Program fee is $5 for adults, and $3 for children age 7-16 (children 6 and under not allowed). Advance registration is required, $10 per party. To make a reservation or for more information, call (661) 946-6092 or email


Where:  Tehachapi Museum and Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park, Tehachapi


When:  Saturday October 27th, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Cost:  Adults: $5, Children age 7-16: $3. Children 6 and under not allowed. Reservations required: $10 per party




Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at

“Holidays on the Homestead”


Chili heads and crafters: spots are available for the chili cook-off and craft boutique! Email for applications and info!


The Antelope Valley Indian Museum will host the 8th annual Holidays on the Homestead celebration on Saturday, December 1st from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.  Originally a 1930’s homestead, the museum’s historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style and feature live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night, with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.


Stay warm around the blazing campfire while cowboy-singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.


The country craft boutique features unique gift ideas, made by local artists. The crafters carry on the artistic tradition of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to display his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. 


Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try the chili cook-off entries and Rose’s original 1930 Christmas Chili recipe, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café. 


Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free.


The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is located at 15701 East Avenue M in Lancaster, near Lake Los Angeles. Information can be found and, or call (661) 946-3055 (711, TTY relay service). Please come out for this special holiday event, rain or shine, and support the museum!


When: Saturday, December 1st

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Rain or Shine!


Where: Antelope Valley Indian Museum, 15701 East Avenue M, Lancaster (near Lake Los Angeles)

From Hwy 14, take Avenue K east, turn right on 150th Street East, and left on East Avenue M. The museum is on the left.


Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under free.




Save the Date: More info to come!

·         First Day Hikes, January 1st


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