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Encompassing more than 275 square miles with a population of more than 36,880 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 93561 ZIP code.

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People from all over California are moving to Tehachapi in search of a small-town feel, a high standard of living and the opportunity to live in "The Land of Four Seasons." The community welcomes visitors to stop and take a tour around downtown, enjoy the varied restaurants, stay for the fam…

Private vehicles remain the most common method of transportation in Tehachapi. However, the area provides two forms of public transportation, a taxi service, two rental car locations, and access to ridesharing services Uber and Lyft for those without a private ride.

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.

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 …

20 Mule Team Borax, part of the Rio Tinto Group, operates the largest open pit mine in California — just down the road in Boron. In operation for more than 145 years (55 years in Death Valley and 90 in Boron), the mine holds one of the richest borate deposits in the world and supplies more t…

If you drive through downtown Tehachapi, you’re likely to come across many buildings and businesses of historical significance. More than 12,000 visitors pass through the Tehachapi Railroad Depot Museum each year without realizing that an equally interesting story is located just next door a…

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

One can take for granted how easy it is to travel the length of California, but before 1876, the way to and from Los Angeles and the Bay Area had a mighty obstacle: the Tehachapis mountain range running east-west in the southern San Joaquin Valley, between the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Range.

When curator Doug Pickard calls the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum “the centerpiece of the town,” he means physically, given its location in the heart of Tehachapi. But with the railroad running deep in the town’s history, it’s a fitting description of the museum metaphorically as well.

Tehachapi often marks the first touchstone for Pacific Crest Trail hikers, a hike that spans from the Mexico border to the Canadian border by Mount Whitney. The trail covers 2,652 miles total and passes through six out of seven of North America’s eco-zones. A major achievement for thru-hiker…

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

California produces more apple varieties than does any region west of the Rocky Mountains, according to the Apple Journal, a trade publication. But as the state is consumed by residential, commercial and industrial development, the number of acres planted in orchards and the production of ap…

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 also offers award-winning wineries that feature tasting rooms and a handcrafted brewer…

Tehachapi is wired for excitement, despite its sleepy mountain town exterior. All year round you can find community events sprinkled throughout the town. Catch a movie at one of Tehachapi’s beautiful parks — Brite Lake, Philip Marx Central Park or Meadowbrook Park — or stroll around Tehachap…

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

Business continues to grow in various industries in Tehachapi. The city’s location makes it a prime location due to its close proximity to aviation- and space related industries in Antelope Valley, the ever-growing local agribusiness which produces wines, grass-fed beef, and produce, the Teh…

Men, women and children once lived in despair in a tuberculous sanitarium Kern County built in 1929 in a mountain clearing in Keene, west of Tehachapi. The same sanitarium, in the 1970s, was transformed into a center of hope for the nation’s struggling farm workers. Today, it stands as an in…

Tehachapi is home to myriad events and festivities that encompass multiple interests. Both tourists and residents will be greeted with consistent entertainment and attractions all year long. Below is a listing of these events by month.

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.

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) Indian…