DescriptionThis old railroad town in the Tehachapi Mountains is in an area known as the Tehachapi-Mojave Wind Resource Area, site of more than 4,500 wind turbines. These turbines collectively generate 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to meet the annual needs of almost 300,000 homes. The best time to see the turbines spinning is late afternoon when hot winds blow from the nearby Mojave Desert. For guided tours contact the Kern Wind Energy Association at (661) 831-1038; reservations are required at least 3 weeks in advance. Brochures outlining a self-guiding tour are available from the chamber of commerce.
Murals adorn the exterior of some downtown buildings and showcase the town's rich history. In spring Tehachapi's apple orchards burst into bloom, and between mid-August and mid-November visitors can pick and purchase or just purchase samples of more than 20 varieties.
Visitor InfoGreater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. TEHACHAPI, CA 93581. Phone:(661)822-4180
Self-guiding toursBrochures outlining walking tours of the downtown historic district and the surrounding area are available from the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeeTehachapi Loop