Providence Mountains/ Mitchell Caverns to Reopen Nov. 3!

The Committee to Reopen Mitchell Caverns is very, very pleased to announce that the Tehachapi District of California State Parks has shared with us that Providence Mountain State Recreation Area, the home of Mitchell Caverns, will reopen to the public on November 3, 2017.

Park will be open Friday through Sunday and on holidays. Day use and cavern tours will be available. Reservations for cave tours will be available after November 1. (Some slots for cave tours will be first come, first serve.) Phone number for reservations will be announced sometime before that – number will be listed on this page on or before November 1.

Campground will not be available until sometime in 2018. (Hole in the Wall campground in the Mojave Preserve is approximately 30 minutes away.) All visitors are reminded that this park is in a remote location. Gas, food and lodging are not readily available. Please plan ahead!

Our group, a committee which operates under the umbrella of the Poppy Reserve Mojave Desert Interpretive Association, appreciates the patience and support of the many people who, like us, love this special place. Thank you!

PRMDIA Wins a Ribbon!
PRMDIA's display case highlighting all things "poppy" won a third place ribbon at this year's Antelope Valley Fair! Congratulations to PRMDIA board members Betsy and Lynn who created this wonderful display. You can see it in the Home Arts building at the Antelope Valley Fair Grounds.

While in the Home Arts building, be sure to visit the Gem and Mineral alcove. Again this year these generous folks have let State Parks have an information booth at no charge.  Photo of our booth with State Park Interpreter Jean Rhyne and volunteer Laurie is below.




Take a step back in time and experience the life of the soldiers and civilians! Frontier Army Days represents Fort Tejon as a 1856 U.S. Army post of the Far West with demonstrations. 

demonstrations may include 1850’s Army barracks life, blacksmith shop, artillery drill, open hearth cooking, Army Horsemanship, military drill, carpentry shop, laundry/candle making, weapons demonstrations, officer's quarters (availability of demonstrations will vary).  Admission is $5 Adults, $3 children. Event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 1856 Style 4th

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017


We also host other events representing different time periods:

Saturday – Sunday, June 3th & 4th: Civil War Event

Saturday, June 17th: Victoria Tea Party (Reservation Required)

Saturday, October 7th, 2017: Peter Le Beck Anniversary Tour and Ghost Candlelight Tour


For information, please call Ft. Tejon SHP at 661-248-6692, or visit or FORT TEJON STATE HISTORIC PARK is located on Interstate 5, just north of Lebec, about 36 miles south of Bakersfield and 77 miles north of Los Angeles.  Ft. Tejon State Historic Park has no food concessions; bring a picnic lunch and relax under the magnificent Valley Oaks.






Jean Rhyne

State Park Interpreter I

California State Parks

Tehachapi District, Mojave Sector


(661) 946-6900