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Photo Credit Copyright Esther Star

An abandon old house captured before it falls down. Caliente California is in the Kern County back country & home to Rankin Ranch, a dude ranch with guest services, where you can ride horses & stay overnight at a real live working ranch. The above photo is not part of the guest ranch.
elevation: 1298'
population: 1,019
zip code: 93518


Rugged canyon with oak & pine forest

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Kern County
South of Lake Isabella
off Hwy.58, via Caliente Bodfish Rd.



  • Camping
  • Kern Rock Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Havilah Historic Site
  • Kern River Hot Springs
  • Mountain Biking
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Kern River
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Lake Isabella
  • Southern Sierra Wilderness
  • Bright Star Wilderness
  • description:
    Tucked well away in the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains is this small community surrounded mountain peaks. Oak woodlands & rolling hills, some pine mountains surrounding the valley. Very rural residential w/ ranches. Just a post office with rail road tracks in town, no other businesses.

    nearby towns:
    Lake Isabella
    Wofford Heights

    View of Caliente Creek region in Kern County

    BNSF freight exits tunnel along Caliente Bodfish Rd in Kern County

    Kern County Fire

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