Tomo-Kahni 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 is available to the public by tour only. Tours are led by trained State Park docents and, due to sometimes extreme weather conditions, are only offered on weekends during the spring and fall. Special group tours may be scheduled for weekdays with advance notice if staff is available.
Tours begin with an 8:30 AM orientation at the Tehachapi Museum at 310 South Green Street, just south of East E Street. After the orientation, participants must 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 is undeveloped, with no historic or contemporary structures. The moderately strenuous 1.5 mile 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 under 6 or those with health or walking limitations.
Disabled access is not possible at this time, but a multi-media tour is being developed to provide interpretation for those who are unable to participate in a tour.
What to Wear & Bring
As Tomo-Kahni 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 $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. Please call the Tehachapi District office at 661-724-1206 for tour information and reservations.
YOU CAN HELP - As a unit of the California State Park System, Tomo-Kahni is a protected area. When you participate in a 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. The program is supported entirely by donations which are used to staff tours, purchase interpretive equipment and materials and to provide training for docents.