Deep in the Mojave Desert, you'll find a unique town that is as pet-friendly as it is "pets-o-teric," in the city of Tehachapi, California! The city got its name from the Kawaiisu people, who inhabited what was then called the Tehachapi Valley, which translates to "hard climb." This makes sense to Fido, who knows the city's elevation is almost 4,000 feet above sea level! The city was established in 1860s, and some of the buildings are still standing from the time period — making Tehachapi worthy of the National Register of Historic Places. Lovers of the Native American aesthetic and rural living have come to settle down in the arid lands of Tehachapi.
Dog owners adore living in Tehachapi, with everything they need within reach of the city limits. There are 4 veterinarians, 10 pet groomers, and 6 pet shops squeezed into the 10 square miles of the city. For the four-legged, a trip to the 8 county parks "of-furs" an escape from the monotony of the living room couch. Dogs can also adventure up to the Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park to explore through the wilderness of southern California! After a day's worth of hiking, furry residents are invited to dinner at one of the 7 pet-friendly restaurants in Tehachapi with outside seating for the doggos! Tails are "per-pet-tually" wagging in this city!
Does your dog dig meals with a southern California cowboy theme? If you live in the Creek Estates neighborhood, your dog's probably spoiled by getting to go to the dog-friendly Village Grill where they serve up just that! You and Fido can chow down on dishes like The Monterrey, Mexicana Burger, or the Chicken Santa Fe. After filling up, you can head over to Philip Marx Central Park! This 5-acre park is the heart of the community, with ancient trees and all the human and doggie amenities you'll need. There's often music played in the park, and the annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival takes place here. Fido's on board for all the fun!
Does your dog know a thing or two about good "Bark-B-Q?" If your pup's a pit master, then taking him downtown to visit Red House BBQ will be a treat! The Red House BBQ is completely pet-friendly with an outside seating area reserved for the furry and four-legged. This restaurant specializes in barbecue, but also has some Native American recipes that stay true to the style of Tehachapi. You can order entrees like an Indian Taco, Rib of the Beast, or Indian Frybread. The Red House also has combo platters, where you can load up on delicious barbecue cuts of brisket, pork, or chicken. Save some burnt ends for Fido!
Does your dog "prefur" tzatziki sauce over mayonnaise any day of the week? You might live in The Orchard neighborhood, where Fido can visit the pet-friendly Petra Mediterranean Deli & Restaurant! At Petra Mediterranean, you'll find all the classic Greek flavors in dishes like eggplant parmesan, a shawarma combo, or falafels. After a nice meal at Petra, you can head down to Pioneer Park to walk by the railroad tracks of Green Street. The park has doggie waste bags, but no bathrooms for humans, so plan ahead! You and Fido can take in the view of the foothills that backdrop Pioneer Park!
Does your dog's tail wag when they hear the words "hike" or "trail?" If you and your pup live in the Bear Valley neighborhood, you can head a few blocks south to the Tehachapi Mountain Trail. This 4.8-mile loop trail is rated moderate and has an incline of 1,994 feet. You'll wind through the forested hills and see plenty of beautiful wildflowers along the way! After a day of hiking, you can head to Kohnen's Authentic German Bakery that has alluring smells and a cute patio for the dogs to hang out with their owners. The bakery has a baker's dozen worth of homemade bread, sweet treats, and fresh-made cookies. Bear Valley should change its name to Doggo Valley!
Do your dogs love the elevation and scenic views of the mountains? If your dogs are true mountain companions, then they'll love exploring the trail systems of Tomo-Kahni State Park. This park has a spiritual side, crowned at the summit of the Tehachapi Mountains. If you hike here, you can hike the same venerated lands that the Kawaiisu people lived on. Tomo-Kahni translates to "Winter Village," and that's what Fido's barks have meant this whole time! Here, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Sand Canyon to the east and the Tehachapi Valley to the west! Fido's ready for the adventure!