Virtual Guidebook to the San Joaquin Valley
Kern County
San Joaquin Valley California


California's third largest county, Kern spans a number of different landscapes. In the west there are major oil fields, in the east it includes the southern Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains, plus a corner of the Mojave Desert.

But the heart and soul of Kern County is the rich agricultural area centered on Bakersfield. Irrigated orchards and vineyards, dotted with oil wells, characterize this landscape.



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The tule elk was saved from near extinction in this modest reserve near Tupman

(March 21, 2002)


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Irrigation siphons in the vast cotton fields of the west side

(March 21, 2002)


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An oil well in an orchard, west of Maricopa

(March 21, 2002)


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(March 21, 2008)


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(March 21, 2008)


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