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

Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park

Spring Tours Begin at Tehachapi Indian Village Site

Spring tours will run from April 22 through June 10

California State Parks is beginning the spring tour season at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi.  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 spiritual place for the Kawaiisu.

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the site, the park may only be entered with an official guided tour.  Spring tours will run from April 22 through June 10, 2017.   Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with an orientation at the Tehachapi Museum and last approximately 4 hours, which includes travel time to the park (transportation is not provided). 

The tour involves a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike at over 4,000 foot elevation.  Those with heart conditions or breathing problems should not take this tour. Weather is variable, so layered clothing is recommended.  Ample drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary (no flip-flops, dress shoes, etc.).

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) 946-6092 or email  

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

When:  Saturdays April 16th through June 11th, 8:30 a.m. – approximately 1 p.m.

Cost:  Adults: $5, Children age 6-16: $3, Children under 5 free. 

Reservations: $10 per party (recommended)

Contact: Norman Lee, Mojave Sector Office, (661) 946-6092 or

Poppy Bloom Report

The poppies and other wildflowers are just beginning to sprout, so we’re expecting the bloom to begin around mid-March. We’ve reached the minimum amount of rain needed, but the late start still leaves them vulnerable to late freezes or early heat waves.  If all goes well, the bloom could last through mid-April or later.  Call the Wildflower Hotline at (661) 724-1180 for weekly updates, or check or for updates and current photos.




Poppy Reserve Visitor Center Open March-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 14th), 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 and, 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.


Register for the
2017 Equestrian Event!
April 29 at
Saddleback Butte State Park

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