Exploring Off The Beaten Path
Turn North on Highway 14 for some jaw dropping
scenery—literally, where you can hike through 6 miles of canyon trails at Jawbone Canyon and visit a desert oriented bookstore and mini-museum. Jawbone Canyon offers 7,000 acres of open public use land for offroading. Continue north to the Red Rock Canyon
visitor center and national park, a series of stunning desert cliffs, buttes and rock formations for camera buffs. If kicking up a little dust is your thing, this area is excellent for offroading by bike or buggy.
The Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area
is located near Lebec along the I-5 corridor with 19,000 acres. (661-248-7007) Or you can try the more challenging trails of the Los Padres National Forest
. (661-245-3731). Near California City the residents have a special trail just for the OHV community. You'll find food, fuel and even a special parking lot along its
twisting length, with access to shopping as well should you have a sudden desire to brush off the dust and hit the malls.
Moving north to the Ridgecrest area, you'll
find the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology and just a little jog east will take you to the Trona Pinnacles,
an ancient sea bed that still has massive tufa spires. This is an otherworldly landscape that is often used as a setting for popular Science Fiction movies like Planet of the Apes or Star Trek V.
For offroading, the enormous Spangler Mountain
offers 57,000 acres with all sorts of trails, from simple riding paths to advanced technical routes. You can stage at Teagle Wash,
just east of Trona Red Mountain Road. These are just a few of the little known places to see in the southern Sierra/Mojave region if you're willing to venture off the well traveled interstates. Make
BakersfieldRVTravelPark your RV headquarters and explore!
Reeling In Some Adventure – Fishing!
If fishing is the way you calm your soul, you'll find many opportunities here in the Bakersfield region. Just as you come over the pass at Fort Tejon you'll find
the well stocked Cuddy Creek Pond at Frazier Mountain Park. And Grapevine Creek
at the bottom of the pass was once the home of a trout farm where happy descendants still swim the cool waters of the creek there. You'll also find Tait Ranch Fly Fishing
on Frazier Mountain Park Road (661-245-6315), with three small ponds stocked with rainbow trout and a picnic area for the family.
Want something in a more natural setting? You'll find largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill downstream from the
Pine Mountain Golf Course
where the stream flows into a well stocked pond. And the state owned Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area stocks trout. (661-868-7050). Of course the whole of the upper Kern river is open to fishing all year, from Johnsondale Bridge to
Lake Isabella. Above the bridge you'll need to get there between April 1st and mid-November. Bass Anglers can be seen fishing
Lake Isabella by boat, working along the shore to find their favorite "secret spots," like French Gulch, Rocky Point or Freear Point. You can find Rainbow Trout up to five
pounds in the lake, particularly in the deeper waters around the dam. Don't miss out on the annual fishing derby! (www.IsabellaFishingDerby.com)
Just south of Greenhorn Mountain Summit
near Wofford Heights you'll find a winter wonderland in the Kern River Valley. Ready to strap on the boards and hit the powder? Try the Alta Sierra Ski Resort
at 56700 Rancheria Road in Wofford Heights. (760-376-4186). Here you'll find eight high elevation runs from 6,700 to 7,100 feet. Further south near Frazier Park you can ski
Mount Pinos, where you'll find 2,000 acres near McGill Campground and the 8,300 foot summit of Mt. Pinos. Ski, sled or take in a
snowmobile, but always check with the Ranger Station
(661-245-3731) for information on conditions, roads and any restrictions and advisories. And while you're in this area, if your little darlings need some fun and exercise, then your next stop is the
Alta Sierra Tube Park
at 56700 Rancheria Road in Wofford Heights (760-376-4186) where they can have the snowy slide of their lives!
From remote off road landscapes and snowy spires to sedate hidden fishing holes, BakersfieldRVTravelPark is your gateway to fun,
excitement and so much more.
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