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A Short Drive Away

Besides the activities and events that can be enjoyed in town, there are a variety of things to experience nearby. 

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Lake Isabella

Boating, Jet Skiing, Fishing, Windsurfing, & Hiking

Lake Isabella is at the heart of the Kern River Valley with many activities to offer. If you love fishing, be sure to visit during the annual Fishing Derby, where you could catch one of 500 tagged trouts valued between $20-$5,000. 

Red Rock Canyon

Hiking, Rock Climbing & Camping

Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range. Each tributary canyon is unique, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors.

A young family of four out exploring Red rock Canyon
The Mount Whitney fish hatchery

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery 

Fish Feeding, Exhibits & Gift Shop

The Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery, located in Independence, California, is an historic fish hatchery that has played an important role in the preservation of the golden trout, California's state fish.

Trona Pinnacles

Camping, Hiking

Featured in Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, and Lady Gaga's music video, Stupid Love, the Trona Pinnacles are a unique geological feature in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin.

A sunset photo of the Trona Pinnacles
A group with the Kern River Outfitters out white water rafting on the Kern River

Kern River Outfitters

River Rafting

Since 1980, Kern River Outfitters has offered river rafting trips on the Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern river. 

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Nearby Events

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Old West Day

The Randsburg Annual Old West Day & Bluegrass Jamboree, sponsored by the Rand Desert Museum, is held annually on the 3rd Saturday of September.

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IWV Brewery Oktoberfest

Enjoy beer, soda, live music, raffles, games, and much more at the annual Oktoberfest held at the Indian Wells Valley Brewing Company. 

Tehachapi Apple Festival

The Tehachapi Apple Festival is two days of “Applie Goodness” that features tons of new apple related items and food. Enjoy live music, games, robotic demos, food, and much more. 

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The Tehachapi Apple Festival logo.

Whiskey Flat Days

Take a leap back to the good ol' wild west days when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers and trappers. This festival is held in Kernville every President’s Day Weekend, and you will find something fun for the entire family.

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Other Nearby Areas of Interest

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