Fall Tours at Tomo-Kahni
Park: Tomo-Kahni SHP
California State Parks is beginning the fall tour season at Tomo Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi. Although no structures remain on this Kawaiisu Native American village site, the area’s rich history comes alive through the trained volunteer tour guides and the clues that the inhabitants left behind.
Tomo Kahni means “winter home” in Kawaiisu, and rock rings mark the locations of many of the kahnis, or homes, that were built of juniper boughs. Hundreds of mortar holes in the park tell of a very active past. The tour also includes Medicine Cave, Nettle Springs and a cave with pictographs- a sacred place of the Kawaiisu.
Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the site, the only way to explore the park is on a guided tour, which involves a moderate hike. This season’s tours are offered Saturdays from September 21 through November 16. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with an orientation at the Tehachapi Museum in Tehachapi and then travelling to the park for the three-hour hike (transportation is not provided). Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended. Adequate drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes for the rough trail are also necessary.
Tour fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-16 (age 5 and under are free, but not recommended on tours). Tours are limited to 15 people and fill up fast so reservations are highly recommended, for an additional fee of $10 per party. To make a reservation or for more information, call (661) 946-6092 or email Mojave.Sector@parks.ca.gov.
Where: Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green Street, Tehachapi
When: Saturdays, September 21 through November 16, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $5, Children age 6-16: $3, Children under 5: free.
Reservations: $10 per party
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