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Valley Location

The Antelope Valley is a grand expanse of blue skies and sunshine radiating in every direction over Edwards Air Force Base. To the south and west are majestic mountains and to the north and east, the undulating and seemingly endlessness of the Mojave Desert.

Today, the Antelope Valley has learned to successfully blend the traditional pursuits of business, commerce, industry, agriculture and mining with the technology of the aerospace frontier, while remaining a place where people prefer to live and visitors return time and time again. This high desert area is known for its contributions to the defense of the nation with its close proximity to existing Department of Defense facilities, including Edwards, Air Force Plant 42 and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.

Annual Events

Family at outdoor event, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area


The following is merely a sampling of area events. Additional event listings are available on local city, chamber of commerce and tourism websites, such as:

• Rosamond Community Services District: www.rosamondcsd.com.

• California City Chamber of Commerce: www.californiacitychamber.com/tourism.

• City of Lancaster: www.cityoflancasterca.org.

• City of Palmdale: www.cityofpalmdale.org.

• Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce: www.tehachapi.com.


Almond Blossom Festival
George Lane Park
5520 W. Avenue L-8
Quartz Hill, CA 93536

Billed as the longest-running annual almond blossom festival in America, this unique local festival features myriad blooming almond trees on nearby Quartz Hill. The festival has crafts, entertainment, a carnival and food vendors. The event also includes the almond festival parade, one of the oldest parades in the Antelope Valley. The event is traditionally held over a weekend in March.


California Poppy Festival
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43011 10th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93534

Celebrating Lancaster’s most colorful seasonal visitors, the California poppy, this event offers continuous family entertainment; animal attractions; an arts and crafts bazaar; a car show; and unique cuisine. The event is held over a weekend in April.


Desert Tortoise Days
Central Park
10460 Heather Ave.
California City, CA 93505

Desert Tortoise Days kick off with a parade and includes food, games and vendors. The event is typically held the second full weekend of May each year.


Artisan Festival
Railroad Park
East Tehachapi Boulevard
Tehachapi, CA 93561

The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association’s two-day festival features arts, crafts, food and live music. The event is held in June and August.


Fourth of July
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 W. Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93536

There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with thrilling bull riding and a stunning fireworks display! In addition to live music, there are food and shopping opportunities.


Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival
2551 W. Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93536

This annual event is held at the fairgrounds and features concerts, auto events, a military appreciation day, food and carnival rides, plus a local tradition, the Rural Olympics. The fair is held each year in August.


Armed Forces Appreciation Day
Rosamond, CA 93560

Downtown Rosamond celebrates and honors the armed forces with festivities that include a parade on Diamond Street to Rosamond Boulevard, food vendors, games and entertainment. The event is on the fourth Saturday in September.

Randsburg Old West Days & Bluegrass Jamboree
Randsburg, CA 93554

The Rand Desert Museum sponsors this street fair event featuring country western and bluegrass bands, gunfighters, a vintage car show, food booths, antiques, collectibles and other vendors. It is held the third weekend in September.

Wasteland Weekend, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area

Wasteland Weekend
Rosewood Boulevard
N. Edwards, CA 93532

Wasteland Weekend is a post-apocalyptic party in the heart of the California desert wastelands. Costumes are required and you must be at least 18 years old to attend. Wasteland Weekend provides camping space, a 360-degree post-apocalyptic environment, entertainment and activities, vendors and basic facilities. The five-day event is held in September.

September and October

Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
Lancaster, CA 93534

Generally held the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October, this event takes place in the downtown area known as The BLVD. It features professional go-kart racing, with all ages participating. It also includes a street festival, classic car show and live entertainment.


California City Renaissance Festival
10460 Heather Ave.
California City, CA 93505

A family-friendly event that recreates the traditional English country fair that would sprout up around the queen’s annual progress during the Renaissance era. The event is held over a weekend at the end of October.


Aerospace Walk of Honor
Lancaster Boulevard (between Genoa
Avenue and Sierra Highway)
Lancaster, CA 93534

The Aerospace Walk of Honor’s granite monuments honor Edwards Air Force Base test pilots whose aviation careers are marked by significant flight test achievements.

Blackbird Airpark
2503 E. Avenue P
Palmdale, CA 93550
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Air Force Flight Test Museum’s Blackbird Airpark annex is the world’s only display of a Lockheed SR-71A together with its Blackbird predecessor, the first A-12 (Article 121), along with the once ultra-secret D-21 drone and the only remaining U-2 D model in the world. The airpark also has a number of supporting exhibits, including a restored crash fire truck, wind tunnel models and jet engines.

Borax Visitors Center
14486 Borax Road
Boron, CA 93516
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

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. You can view the largest boron mine in the world and learn how it is processed and find out about the host of things that we use every day that have boron in them.

Calico Ghost Town
36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA 92398
800-TO-CALICO (862-2542)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Calico Ghost Town treats spectators to historical re-enactments, shops, mines and restaurants. Camping facilities, as well as RV hookups, are available.

California City Whiptails Baseball
7140 Landis Drive
California City, CA 93505

The Whiptails are a professional team in the independent Pecos League. Fans are right on top of the action at Balsitis Park, a field with a 1920s, Babe Ruth-era theme.

Col. Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum
26922 Twenty Mule Team Road
Boron, CA 93516

The museum, known as the northern gateway to Aerospace Valley, was put together through a collaborative effort by Team Edwards, U.S. Borax, the KJC Operating Co. and Boron community volunteers. The museum is dedicated to collecting, interpreting, preserving, and displaying aeronautical and aerospace memorabilia from experimental flight research performed over the skies of Boron and the surrounding Antelope Valley. Call the museum for hours of operation.

Devil’s Punchbowl
28000 Devil’s Punchbowl Road
Valyermo, CA 93563
Park Hours: sunrise to sunset.

Devil’s Punchbowl is a 1,310-acre park with a 7.5-mile, round-trip trail through a deep canyon formed by runoff water from the
San Gabriel Mountains. A visitor’s center features an exhibit of native animals such as snakes, bobcats, coyotes, owls and other birds. Picnic facilities are available.

Dry Town Water Park, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Attractions

DryTown Water Park
3850 E. Avenue S
Palmdale, CA 93550

DryTown Water Park offers various water attractions, accommodations for parties and food facilities. The water park is open from late May until late September with varying hours of operation.

Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center
3718 60th St. W
Rosamond, CA 93560

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday.

Home to over 70 of the world’s most endangered felines, the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center is a desert zoo and wildlife museum.

Aircraft Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Attractions

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark
2001 E. Avenue P
Palmdale, CA 93550
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors may view a collection of aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at U.S. Air Force Plant 42. The airpark includes 21 retired military aircraft on static display. When fully developed, the airpark will showcase over 40 retired military and civilian aircraft.

Kern River Valley and Lake Isabella
Lake Isabella, CA 93240

The Kern River Valley features many activities, including golfing, hiking, biking, white-water rafting and skiing, to name a few. Lake Isabella, created in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Kern River, flourishes as a tourist center for fishing, boating, camping and picnicking. The website offers a calendar of events and information about recreational tours and outfitters.

Lancaster JetHawks Baseball pitcher, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Attractions

Lancaster JetHawks Baseball
45116 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536

The JetHawks are Minor League Baseball team affiliated with the Colorado Rockies and are a member of the California League. The circuit plays a 140-game regular season schedule with clubs located throughout the Golden State. The Hangar stadium is the home of the JetHawks.

Lancaster JetHawks Baseball fans and mascot, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Attractions

Lancaster Performing Arts Center
750 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

The center provides the Antelope Valley with a broad spectrum of regional, national and world-class entertainment to include comedy, music, dance and theater.

Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation

The Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation’s goal is to establish a museum to preserve Southern California aviation, railroad, automobile and animal transportation history and culture. The foundation’s website has information about local aviation events and family fun, as well as a virtual museum with a photo library of the town’s history.

Palmdale Playhouse, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Attractions

Palmdale Playhouse
38334 10th St. E
Palmdale, CA 93550

The Palmdale Playhouse provides community-based theater and serves as a learning center for people of all ages and abilities to explore the theater arts.

Tehachapi Loop
Tehachapi, CA 93561

Built in 1876, railroad fans flock to the Tehachapi Loop where the spiraling Southern Pacific main line makes a 360-degree turn as it climbs 3,600 feet in 50 track miles from the valley to the mountains. According to the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, the best viewing locations are along Woodford-Tehachapi Road either southeast from Keene or northwest of Old Town Tehachapi.

Twenty Mule Team Museum
26962 Twenty Mule Team Road
Boron, CA 93516
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Twenty Mule Team Museum offers extensive insights into the many different ways borax is used and how it is excavated from California’s largest open-pit mine.

Willow Springs International
Motorsports Park
3500 75th St. W
Rosamond, CA 93560

The raceway opened in 1953 and hosts a 600-acre complex of eight racetracks embracing nearly every conceivable motor sports discipline. In 1996, the raceway was registered as a California Point of Historical Interest. Schedules and more may be found at the website.

Community Profiles

Pond and Building in California City, CA, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area

Boron, California
Population: 2,253
23 miles from Edwards AFB
Chamber of Commerce:
26962 Twenty Mule Team Road
Boron, CA 93516

Located between Barstow and Mojave, along California State Highway 58, the community of Boron is the site of a giant open-pit mine from which the extracted element, boron, lends the town its name.

The pit, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, is owned and operated by Borax and employs a great deal of the community. Edwards employs the remainder. The town is also home of the Col. Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum.

The town’s people tuck themselves into the preservation of the rich history of both Boron and Edwards. Kern County provides the community’s branch library, fire station and sheriff department. The U.S. post office is centrally located on Boron Avenue.

California City, California
Population: 13,707
17 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Chuck McGuire
City website: www.californiacity-ca.gov
Chamber of Commerce:
8001 California City Blvd.
California City, CA 93505

Begun as a private commercial development, the community was incorporated in 1965 and ranks as the third-largest incorporated city in terms of land area in California. Located 17 miles north of Edwards along Highway 58 and a northern jaunt on California City Boulevard, the small community offers public schools, parks, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a municipal airport, a community center and a senior center.

Lancaster, California
Population: 160,784
29 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor R. Rex Parris
City website: www.cityoflancasterca.org
Chamber of Commerce:
554 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

In recent years, Lancaster has grown into a bustling urban destination, offering an array of outdoor experiences with the backdrop of four seasons, local shopping, restaurants and entertainment with events happening throughout the year.

With proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area, clean air and blue skies, the community is an affordable choice conveniently located near much of Southern California’s attractions and aerospace industry employment.

Lancaster has a mayor and four council members who are responsible for all Lancaster municipal programs and services, as well as any legislative matters concerning the city. Police and fire services are provided by the county of Los Angeles.

Mojave, California
Population: 4,238
35 miles from Edwards AFB
Chamber of Commerce:
16144 H St.
Mojave, CA 93501

Mojave sits at the junction of California highways 14 and 58 and to some is a gateway to such popular spots as Mammoth and the eastern Sierras, Las Vegas, the eastern Mojave Desert and the Los Angeles Basin. But, Mojave itself is the location of several natural wonders and historical sites that include mining ghost towns and more. Anyone driving through Mojave is certain to notice the Mojave Air and Space Port. Known to many as the civilian flight test center and the launching spot of SpaceShipOne, the airport is unique in its locale and environmental conditions and is known both for its flight test activities and for the maintenance and storage services provided to the airline industry.

North Edwards, California
Population: 1,058
7 miles from Edwards AFB

North Edwards is an unincorporated bedroom community just north of Edwards along Highway 58. School-age children go to school at Edwards. Housing is affordable, though shopping convenience is limited.

Palmdale, California
Population: 156,605
39 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Steven D. Hofbauer
City website: www.cityofpalmdale.org
Chamber of Commerce:
817 E. Avenue Q-9
Palmdale, CA 93551

Located in the southern region of the Antelope Valley, Palmdale’s biggest industry and employer is the aerospace industry, with thousands of residents employed at Air Force Plant 42 Production Flight Test Installation and Edwards Air Force Base.

Known as one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Palmdale considers itself a family-oriented community. Palmdale is a charter city governed under the council-manager form of local government. Palmdale boasts various shopping and entertainment venues, as well as DryTown Water Park and more.

Quartz Hill, California

Population: 10,912
35 miles from Edwards AFB
Chamber of Commerce:
42043 50th St. W
Quartz Hill, CA 93536

Quartz Hill, a small, primarily residential community, is situated just 4.5 square miles west of Lancaster and Palmdale. Residents enjoy the rustic qualities of the town with horseback riding on many trails, fishing in the nearby California Aqueduct and a view of nature. The community is known for its almond orchards and the annual almond festival and parade.

Rosamond, California
Population: 18,150
19 miles from Edwards AFB
Chamber of Commerce:
2861 Diamond St.
Rosamond, CA 94560

Just a straight shot west of Edwards along Rosamond Boulevard, the small community of Rosamond is a mecca for rock hounds with its cradling and abundant hillside landscape of beautiful rocks — especially at Gem Hill, located 4 miles north of the community.

Kern County provides fire and police protection, as well as local parks and recreation facilities. Rosamond is also home to a senior center, Willow Springs International Raceway and the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound.

Tehachapi, California
Population: 12,495
45 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Wiggins
City website: www.liveuptehachapi.com
Chamber of Commerce:
209 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561

Located in the mountains about 45 miles from the base and about 4,000 feet above sea level, Tehachapi offers a cool alternative to the warm Mojave Desert summers. Tehachapi has a rural atmosphere with farming as a way of life for many residents. Award-winning livestock are common in the area, as well as famous apples, pears and cherries. Area residents visit Tehachapi for the Mountain Festival and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo in August, the apple and pumpkin harvest in the fall, and the cool mountain breezes in the summer.

Victorville, California
Population: 125,000
55 miles from Edwards AFB
Elected official: Mayor Gloria Garcia
City website: www.victorvilleca.gov
14174 Green Tree Blvd.
Victorville, CA 92395

Located to the east of Edwards in the high desert of Victor Valley, Victorville is accessible via interstates 15 and 395, conveniently linking the city with all other areas of Southern California. Victorville is home to various museums and a performing arts center.

Parks & Recreation

The Antelope Valley area is rich in parks and recreational areas. Please visit the websites of the aforementioned cities and communities for a complete listing. Below is a sample of the venues.

Big 8 Softball Complex at
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43011 N. 10th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93534

One of the largest of all softball complexes in California, the Big 8 has eight fully fenced fields with championship lighting, electronic scoreboards and grounds crew for leagues and tournaments. The complex also offers concessions, a children’s playground and a 10-cage batting range.

Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area Parks and Recreation

Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area
California City, CA 93505

The Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area is a 39.5-square-mile area in the northwestern Mojave Desert. It was created to protect the native desert tortoise, which is California’s state reptile.

Lancaster National Soccer Center
43000 30th St. E
Lancaster, CA 93535
Weekdays: 661-723-5826
Weekends: 661-723-5965

This complex with 35 fields attracts regional and national tournaments to Lancaster, in addition to serving local youth and adult soccer teams. The fields are adaptable for other sports activities to include lacrosse and cross-country.

Lancaster Performing Arts Center
750 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

The Lancaster Performing Arts Center provides a broad spectrum of regional, national and world-class entertainment.

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
43201 35th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93536

This scenic location nestled within an urban area gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the region, its flora and fauna. The preserve’s 100 acres has more than 3 miles of trails and is home to the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center.

Red Rock Canyon State Park
California State Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519

Located 37 miles north of Edwards AFB via California City, the park features spectacular red and gray sandstones that have eroded into a variety of shapes.

Saddleback Butte State Park
East Avenue J at 170th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535

Saddleback Butte, elevation 3,651 feet, is a granite mountaintop that stands some thousand feet above the broad alluvial bottom land of the Antelope Valley about 20 miles east of Lancaster, on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. Activities include camping, exhibits, hiking and guided tours.


The Edwards Education and Training Center has a complete listing of the educational programs available in the Antelope Valley vicinity. For more information, call 661-277-2713.

Antelope Valley College
3041 W. Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536

Antelope Valley College offers a diverse selection of two-year academic and vocational programs.

Brandman University
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203
Palmdale, CA 93551

Brandman University’s Antelope Valley campus offers degree programs in liberal arts and sciences, business and professional studies and education.

California State University
Bakersfield Antelope Valley
43909 30th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93536

California State University Bakersfield offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Cerro Coso
Community College
East Kern Center
Edwards Campus
140 Methusa Road, Bldg. 2453
Edwards AFB, CA 93524

Tehachapi Education Center/
Monroe High School
126 S. Snyder Ave.
Tehachapi, CA 93561

The East Kern Center serves the communities of Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave, Boron, California City and Tehachapi as well as other locations in Kern County from facilities centered at Edwards Air Force Base and Tehachapi. Cerro Coso’s East Kern Center offers associate degrees in liberal arts and an emergency medical technician certificate.

Aeronautical University
High Desert-Edwards Campus
140 Methusa Ave., Bldg. 2435
Edwards AFB, CA 93524

High Desert-Palmdale Campus
40015 N. Sierra Highway, Suite B-110
Palmdale, CA 93550

The High Desert Edwards and Palmdale campuses offer associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as undergraduate certifications.

University of Phoenix
Lancaster Learning Center
1202 W. Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
844-YES-UOPX (937-8679)

The Lancaster Learning Center of the University of Phoenix offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a wide variety of fields, including business, education and nursing.


 Antelope Valley Hospital
1600 W. Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534

Palmdale Regional Medical Center
38600 Medical Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551


Nearly all faiths and denominations are represented in the Antelope Valley area. Local chambers of commerce listed on the previous pages can provide detailed information. Additionally, the Edwards Chapel can provide information about area churches. Call 661-277-2110.


Antelope Valley Indian Museum
15701 E. Avenue M
Lancaster, CA 93535
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Originally built as a private home, the museum is built into and around the rocks of Paiute Butte in the Mojave Desert. The museum highlights the valley’s Native American culture.

Lancaster Museum
of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to
8 p.m. Thursday.

The museum houses a collection of postwar-period and contemporary art in the areas of painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, film, installations and new media. In addition, the museum has a vast collection of Native American historical artifacts and geologic specimens pertaining primarily to the Antelope Valley and its surrounding areas.

Twenty Mule Team Museum
26962 Twenty Mule Team Road
Boron, CA 93516

The museum embraces both the history of aerospace as forged at Edwards and the history of the famous Borax Twenty Mule Team days — all in a renovated house that used to be near a borax mine campsite.

Western Hotel Museum
557 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Friday and Saturday of each month.

Downtown Lancaster’s oldest structure displays Antelope Valley artifacts. Still visible on a sidewalk behind the museum are the footprints of a young Frances Gumm, better known as Judy Garland, from the days of her childhood in Lancaster.


Antelope Express Airport Shuttle & Charter
332 W. Avenue S, Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93551

Antelope Express offers the only scheduled airport shuttle to Los Angeles International Airport from the Antelope Valley.

Antelope Valley Transit Authority
42210 W. Sixth St. W
Lancaster, CA 93534

The AVTA provides local public bus transportation primarily within Palmdale and Lancaster. Commuter transit between the Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles metropolitan area is also available. Dial-a-ride service is offered for senior citizens and disabled individuals.

Greyhound Palmdale Station
39000 Clock Tower Plaza Drive E
Palmdale, CA 93550

Greyhound provides bus service to locations throughout California and beyond. For ticketing information, visit their website.


Metrolink provides convenient and affordable rail transportation for Southern Californians. Weekend service is limited.


Lancaster and Palmdale provide base personnel with extensive shopping opportunities. Both feature virtually every national and regional retail store, making it unnecessary to travel outside the Antelope Valley for most goods and services.

Lancaster has recently redeveloped its old downtown area into The BLVD (www.theblvdlancaster.com), which features arts, shopping, a weekly farmers market, dining and entertainment. It is on Lancaster Boulevard between Sierra Highway and
10th Street West.

Another main shopping area in Lancaster is on Valley Central Way, just off California State Highway 14 at exits for either Avenue I
or J, about 30 minutes from base housing.

Palmdale’s primary shopping area is anchored by the Antelope Valley Mall, on Rancho Vista Boulevard, just off California State Highway 14 at the exit for 10th Street, about 40 minutes from base housing. The mall is home to more than 120 retailers and eateries. More big-name shopping is just south of the mall along 10th Street West.

Also popular are the outlet stores in Barstow, one hour west of the base off California State Highway 58, and in Ontario, about 1 1/2 hours south of the base near the intersections of interstates 10 and 15.

Large mall complexes in the Los Angeles area are one to two hours away via California State Highway 14.


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