Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park, Tehachapi

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Nestled atop a ridge in the Tehachapi Mountains, overlooking Sand Canyon to the east and the Tehachapi valley to the west, Tomo-Kahni, or "Winter Village," was the site of a Kawaiisu (Nuwa) village. The location was likely chosen for its moderate temperature and plentiful resources. The Kawaiisu migrated from the Great Basin and made the Tehachapi their home for two to three thousand years. The Kawaiisu are noted for their finely woven baskets of intricate and colorful design.


Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the site, Tomo-Kahni is available to the public by tour only. These tours are led by trained State Park Volunteers on weekends during the spring and fall months.

Tours begin with an orientation at the Tehachapi Museum. After an orientation, participants must caravan or carpool approximately 12 miles to the park. The moderately strenuous walking tour takes about three hours to complete; the overall tour, including orientation and return, takes about four hours. Tours fill quickly so advance reservations are recommended.
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  • Very interesting tour. Reservations necessary though and tours are by volunteers. There is a small fee to the state, and one to the museum where the tours are booked. A good docent can share some wond...  more »
  • First off, the Tomo-Kahni site is only accessible via docent led tours in spring and fall. I recommend taking a tour if you are fit enough to hike uneven terrain for a three mile round trip. The area ...  more »

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