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Maricopa CA & Taft CA are not typical tourists destinations. But if you're passing thru, a good stop for gas & decent Mexican food. They've been mining for oil out here since the early days & there's even a extensive museum about it. Rumor has it, that the whole region is sinking, geologically speaking. Off-road trails, canyon hikes, and wildflowers in spring.
Los Padres NF: South
Los Padres NF: South
Dick Smith Wilderness
Dick Smith Wilderness
Los Padres NF: North
Los Padres NF: North
Los Padres Forest Atlas
Los Padres Forest Atlas
elevation: 950' population: 9,425 zip code: 93268


oil fields & residential

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Kern County
SW of Bakersfield
on Hwy 33 @ jct Hwy 119



  • biking
  • mountain biking
  • off-roading
  • skydiving
  • wildflowers
  • dirt bike trails
  • hiking
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Ballinger Canyon OHV
  • Lake Webb
  • Mount Abel - Cerro Noroeste
  • Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • Wind Wolves Preserve
  • Buena Vista Lake
  • taft campgrounds

    Reyes Peak Camping 33
    Mount Pinos Camping
    Ballinger Canyon OHV
    Nettle Springs Campground
    Pismo Beach Camping
    Oceano - Pismo Dunes OHV
    Mount Abel - Cerro Noroeste
    Ojai Camping

    tent camping

    Oiltown USA -- Taft was incorporated in 1944. West Kern OHV Haven: ATV's & motorcycles like the high desert hills surrounding Maricopa & Taft w/ miles of dirt trails. Ballinger Canyon, not too far away. They even have a Taft Grand Prix. Hollywood film crews like to shoot on location, w/ tree-lined downtown streets, old brick buildings & no crowds. Town is not the destination; it's all the wildflowers, plus outdoor recreation around here that is the draw. Or maybe it's the prison.

    nearby towns:
    New Cuyama
    Pine Mountain
    local links:

    Taft Chamber of Commerce
    314 Fourth St. Taft, CA 93268

    Taft Grand Prix Motorcycle Race
    The Historic Taft Fort
    West Kern Oil Museum
    Taft College
    Taft PC Services
    Taft Midway Driller
    Los Padres Forest Watch
    Los Padres National Forest Map
    Dick Smith Wilderness Map
    Sespe Wilderness Map
    Taft Prison
    Black Gold Brewing Company

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