Points of Interest
The City of Arvin is located in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley, with many historical and natural locations to visit. Here are a few of the more well known local destinations.
Route 223 connects Highways 99, I-5, and 58. This bypass around Bakersfield goes through some of the richest farmland in America as well as through the foothills of beautiful Bear Mountain. Along with the wildflower show in the Spring, abundant agricultural crops such as carrots, cotton, alfalfa, grapes, peaches, plums, potatoes, nectarines, cantaloupes, watermelon, onions, garlic, and almonds can be seen in various stages of growth.
The scenic route flows past several special attractions. The Cross is well known, with Easter services held each year. Colorful wildflowers in the Spring are matched by the spectacular views of the San Joaquin Valley. Hang Glider Hill can be seen as well as a variety of food and drink options along the way.
Arvin Farm Labor Center
Located at the corner of Woodpatch Highway and Sunset Road is the Sunset Labor Camp, which John Steinbeck made famous in his book “Grapes of Wrath”. It continues to serve as low-cost housing for migrant farm workers today with greatly improved conditions from the early years. During the Dust Bow Days of the 1930’s and in the grip of the Great Depression across America, a migration of mostly very poor people from the Midwest made their way into the Arvin area in search of a better life. They provided the muscle and backbone for the development of one of the richest agricultural regions in the world and the Sunset Labor Camp is a telling reminder of those difficult yet productive days.
The Sheep Trail
Four miles South of Arvin a dirt road winds its way up along Commanche Point and into the Cummings Valley, where it joins a paved road at Stallion Springs. Even though the road is gated for the control of cattle, it is passable most of the year. This trail was used in the early 1900’s for moving sheep from the valley floor and foothills of the San Joaquin Valley to summer pastures in the high desert areas. Along this trail one may see many different types of mammals, birds and reptiles, including bear, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, deer, elk, eagle, morning dove, quail, chukar and the ever present ‘rattler.
Along the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley from late February to early May, carpets of California poppies, lupine, owl’s clover, fiddle neck, and popcorn flowers adorn the hills and byways of the countryside with splashes of vivid color. Arvin celebrates the growing season with its annual Wildflower Festival in April. Route 223 is an excellent viewing areas for wildflowers and the many orchards which have magnificent blooming seasons.
Arvin City Hall
200 Campus Drive
Arvin, CA 93203
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Every other Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed every other Friday and Holidays