Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park

Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park is the ancestral home of the Kawaiisu Indians that lived in the Tehachapi Mountains, at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada, until the early 1900s. Although no structures remain on the village site, the area's rich history comes alive through 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 Spring 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 through guided tours, which involve a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike with frequent stops at dramatic overlooks and remnants of the lives of the Kawaiisu.

Activities begin with an orientation in Tehachapi before a caravan heads to the park entrance gate, in the mountains just northeast of town. Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended. Adequate drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary. Tours fill up fast, so reservations are highly recommended.

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Latitude: 35.1482577 Longitude: -118.3359672 Elevation: 4596 ft
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Time Period Represented


Hours Open

By tour only, call for schedule.

Seasons Open

Spring and Fall

Visitor Fees

$5 for adults, $3 for children age 6-16 (5 and under are free, but not recommended). Reservations: $10 per party.

Visitor Restrictions or Regulations

Park is only open to the public by tour.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The guided hiking tour is not accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

No dogs, with the exception of service animals.


This is a beautiful park north of Tehachapi. All of the area around this park is native, meaning our people resided here long before any immigration from Europe. Please be reverent to this land, it is sacred, protected and provides many different flora and fauna than any other area. This land has its own special niche in Tehachapi. It is well worth the hike to see and understand why we treasure this ancient land.

Cindi Weldon Cagle, 10/11/2012

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