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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. Hollywood film crews like to shoot the central Taft location, cuz it has tree-lined downtown streets, with lotsa old brick buildings & no crowds. Off-road trails are in Ballinger Canyon, in Cuyama Valley, near Taft California.
Los Padres NF: South
Los Padres NF: South
Dick Smith Wilderness
Dick Smith Wilderness
Los Padres NF: North
Los Padres NF: North
Sespe Wilderness Map
Sespe Wilderness Map
Sierra Nevada Topo
Sierra Nevada Topo
elevation: 950' population: 8,900 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
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Ballinger Canyon OHV
  • Lake Webb
  • Taft Parks & Recreation
  • Mil Potrero County Park
  • Mount Abel - Cerro Noroeste
  • Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • Wind Wolves
  • Buena Vista Lake
  • taft campgrounds

    McGill Campground
    Mount Pinos Camping
    Ballinger Cyn OHV
    Fort Tejon SHP Campground
    Pismo Beach Camping
    Oceano - Pismo Dunes OHV Camps
    Mount Abel - Cerro Noroeste

    tent camping

    Oiltown USA & OHV Haven: ATV's & motorcycles like the high desert hills surrounding Maricopa & Taft for miles & miles of dirt trails. Ballinger Canyon OHV Park is not too far away - for your camping & wheeling desires. They even have a Taft Grand Prix. Taft CA is not the destination; it's all the outdoor recreation around here that is the draw.

    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

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