The Tehachapi area is defined and delineated by its mountains. Valleys in the Tehachapi Mountains tend to be bowl valleys, ringed by mountain ridges on all sides, rather than open ended V-shaped notch valleys. Our mountains surround us, they help determine our weather, and they are a perpetu…

One of the most remarkable and unforgettable places in the Tehachapi area is a Buddhist retreat nestled up against two rocky canyons in Sand Canyon. The Mountain Spirit Center is an exotic and gorgeous place that welcomes anyone who will respect its peaceful atmosphere. This calm and serene …

Abundant Life Pentecostal Church of God; 19434 Valley Blvd., Tehachapi; 661-822-7715.

Just a few minutes southwest of the city of Tehachapi sits a secluded patch of heaven hidden in the clouds. A peaceful atmosphere pervades the beautiful 470-plus acre property of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph, a convent of cloistered, contemplative Norbertine nuns.

The Land of Four Seasons, Tehachapi is an ideal place for families with people of any age. Tehachapi offers plenty of affordable housing, low crime rate, clean air and fantastic weather.

Cattle ranching has long been a part of the local economy; sheep are regularly brought to areas of our valleys for grazing. Wildlife is abundant in the area with sightings of deer and small mammals fairly common. A herd of American Elk are commonly seen in the Cummings Valley, Bear Valley Sp…

Tehachapi has the unique distinction of offering a wide variety of locally owned dining establishments ranging from casual to fine dining, in addition to a number of nationally known restaurants. 

Tehachapi’s main shopping districts are Central Tehachapi, West Tehachapi and Old Town.

Tehachapi is a great place to have a wedding, family reunion, special event or hold a business retreat. Some hotels, restaurants and churches have small meeting rooms and many local restaurants offer catering.

Tehachapi's beautiful blue sky is favored by pilots and can be enjoyed by visitors, as well.

Tehachapi is definitely horse country, but facilities and available areas to ride are mostly private. Exceptions are trails in Mountain Park, operated by Kern County. Both Bear Valley Springs and Stallion Springs have extensive equestrian trails available for residents.

The game of golf is a popular way to pass the time in Tehachapi, thanks to scenic mountain vistas and the ideal climate.

The town of Tehachapi has shared its history with the old Southern Pacific Railroad, since the construction of the railroad line through the region connected Los Angeles and the Bay Area in 1876.

Observers from around the world come to Tehachapi specifically to witness the most heavily trafficked single-track main line in the country and the engineering marvel that is the Tehachapi Loop.

The Tehachapi Farmers Market, a production of Main Street Tehachapi, takes place on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., June to August each year. Vendors fill downtown's Centennial Plaza and adjacent Green Street with their organic produce, arts and crafts, refreshing beverages and delicious food. L…

Although located “off the grid” of mainstream suburbia, Tehachapi bustles with activity year-round as the higher elevation and mountain surroundings offer ideal settings for community events. Spring, summer, fall, and yes, even winter, residents and visitors alike come together to celebrate,…

Tehachapi has long been known for some of the best tree-ripened apples in the country. Here, local growers have spent most of their lives perfecting their fruit by tending to their orchards year-round. Come fall, some growers open their orchards to the public for apple picking, with harvesti…

The Tehachapi area provides exciting opportunities for both casual and avid hikers with the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail and Mountain Park trailheads nearby. Would-be hikers, however, need to use caution when striking out on their own, since much of the land in and around Tehachapi is pr…

The historic Downtown Tehachapi Walking Tour is in the heart of the community. It's easily walked with numerous restaurants, shops of all kinds and museums along the way.

Each year, Tehachapi is host to many popular events and festivities, offering something for everyone. Whether you're a local resident or tourist looking for exciting attractions to visit, Tehachapi takes entertainment seriously all year long. Below is a listing of these events by month.

Encompassing more than 275 square miles with a population of about 34,246 people according to the 2010 census, the Greater Tehachapi Area includes the City of Tehachapi as well as a number of unincorporated communities and areas within the ZIP code 93561.

Nicknamed "The Land of Four Seasons" for its scenic beauty found year-round, Tehachapi is a hidden oasis tucked inside the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, Tehachapi lies sheltered outside its surroundings — the arid Mojave Desert as well as mainstream subur…

Most people travel to Tehachapi by private vehicle, but there are other ways to get to and from town:

While private vehicles are the most common mode of transportation in Tehachapi, two public transportation systems are at anyone's disposal. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

The National Cesar Chavez Center is located in the hills of Keene, about 10 miles west of Tehachapi along Highway 58. It was donated by the Cesar Chavez Foundation to the federal government.

There are 270 state parks in the California State Park system, and one of the most protected and exclusive is located here in Tehachapi. Known as Tomo- Kahni State Historic Park, it was established in December 1993 to preserve ancient village and ceremonial sites of the Kawaiisu (Nüwa) India…

Among the many unique attractions Tehachapi has to offer are three museums that stand as testimonies to the commitment and dedication of the many volunteer docents who have, throughout the years, put their blood, sweat and tears into the careful preservation of the town's history and artifacts.

In addition to the Tehachapi Vistor Guide, we publish the following:

There is no place like Tehachapi — and no other place named Tehachapi. So just what does the name mean?

Tehachapi is a mountain oasis, positioned between the arid Mojave Desert and sprawling valleys. Its weather is unlike adjacent areas, as the elevation provides pleasant summers and cool temperatures. Wind is common (and the source of a burgeoning wind industry). Snow can be expected during w…

The Tehachapi area is home to the largest wind resource area in California and spring is the best time to take a self guided tour. In as little as an hour you can see the evolution of the modern wind industry around Tehachapi, which has played an important role in making wind energy one of t…

Driving between Tehachapi and Bakersfield along Highway 58, you will find yourself visually marking your journey's treck with a Cherry Water Tower which sets north amongst tall palm tree clusters and yellow rose bushes numbering in the thousands.

Willow Springs International Motor sports Park is a 600-acre complex of six racetracks embracing nearly every conceivable motor sports discipline. The park is located about an hour southeast of Tehachapi.

While traveling through California's Mojave Desert why not take a break from your travels and visit the Twenty Mule Team Museum. The Visitor's Information Center offers a wide variety of posters, postcards, rock samples, jewelry and other unique gift items.

Red Rock Canyon State Park is located about 41 miles from Tehachapi, off Highway 14 north of its junction with Highway 58.

The Maturango Museum at 100 E. Las Flores Ave. in Ridgecrest offers exhibit galleries featuring the natural and cultural history of the Upper Mojave Desert and sponsors many programs and tours, including tours to the world-famous Coso petroglyphs.

Discover hidden treasure buried deep in the Mojave Desert is one of the biggest and richest deposits of borax on the planet. You will also find the Borax Visitor Center, one of the best kept secrets of the Southern California desert. Normal hours of operation are seven days a week from 9 a.m…