With more sun days than any other large city in the Central Valley and more than most other places in California, Bakersfield will leave you wanting to be outside all the time. No wonder there are countless ways to enjoy the region with your four-legged friend. From wildlife preserves, history museums, and outdoor recreation, there is something on offer for everyone.
Since you will want to take your furry friend out for plenty of walks, why not put the riparian forest of the Kern River Preserve on your sightseeing list? The preserve is open for daily walks between dawn and dusk and offers scenic views and a multitude of walks.
Another beautiful destination to visit with your pet is Lake Isabella. After all, it is the largest man-made reservoir in the state, spanning over 11,000 acres and can easily be reached via state Highway 178. When you visit, you get the chance to see both the Upper Kern River and the Lower Kern River since the lake basically splits these two rivers. If you want a day out in nature to just stroll or get active, for instance with fishing, hiking, camping, windsurfing, or skiing, then this lake is ideal for you.
Just a little further from Kern River Canyon lies the famous Sequoia National Forest. Again, this makes for the perfect retreat into nature and the active outdoors. Here, you can hike, bike, or rock climb along the mountain’s peaks and trails to your heart’s content. During warmer months, why not go fly-fishing with your furry little friend? In winter, feel free to enjoy the snow on the well-maintained skiing and snowshoeing paths.