Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park was created to preserve, protect, and interpret the site of a Kawaiisu Native American village. Because of the archeological and environmental sensitivity of the site, Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park is available to the public by guided tour only. Guided tours are led by trained State Park docents and, due to sometimes extreme weather conditions, are only offered on Saturdays on select dates during the spring and fall (see schedule below). Special group tours may be scheduled with advance notice if staff is available.
Guided tours begin at 8:30 AM with an orientation in Tehachapi. After the orientation, participants caravan approximately 12 miles to the park; carpooling is encouraged. The primary road to the park is paved, however the last mile to the park is on a dirt and gravel road and high clearance vehicles are recommended.
Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park is undeveloped, with no historic or contemporary structures. The moderately strenuous 3-mile round-trip walking tour begins at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet and gains 800 feet in elevation. Parts of the trail are on uneven terrain. Participants should have the physical ability and stamina to make the hike as everyone must stay together. The complete tour, including orientation and driving time, takes about 4 hours. The tour is not recommended for children 5 and under or those with health or walking limitations. Guided tours are limited to 15 people per tour. Reservations are required.
Disabled access is not possible at this time, but a virtual tour is available on YouTube @TomoKahni to provide interpretation for those who are unable to participate in a guided tour.
What to Wear and Bring
As Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park is at an elevation of over 4,000 feet, the weather is variable, so layered clothing is recommended. Water, good walking shoes and sun protection are also necessary. Each participant should also bring a snack or sack lunch to eat during the snack break.
Tour fee is $20 per person (age 5 and under are free, but not recommended on tours). Tours are limited to 15 people and fill up fast so reservations are required. Reservations are available through the Reserve California website. Click on the Activities tab, use the drop down menu to select Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park as the Place, Guided Tours as the Category, and select an available date. Click on the Show Availability button to go to the sign up page. You can also sign up for a guided tour by phoning Reserve California at 1-800-444-7275 (Monday - Friday). Please call the Fort Tejon State Historic Park office at (661) 248-6692 for tour information.
Guided Tour Schedule
September 9, 2023
September 16, 2023
September 23, 2023
September 30, 2023
October 7, 2023
October 14, 2023
YOU CAN HELP - As a unit of the California State Park System, Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park is a protected area. When you participate in a guided tour, please remember not to pick up objects. Take only pictures and leave only footprints.
The tour program is coordinated by California State Parks and dedicated volunteers.