True to its name, Apple Valley was named after the abundance of apple orchards found in the area in the early 1900s. However, some people argue that the name originated from the Appleton Land Company based in the area during that same time. Though the area was well-known for its prize winning apples, the Great Depression in the 1930s brought irrigation challenges that decimated most of the orchards.
Today, Apple Valley is home to more than just award-winning apple orchards. Roughly 70,000 people call this area home. Located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Apple Valley is now known for its stunning scenery and warm, dry weather.
Golfers will love the 18-hole championship course called Apple Valley Golf Course, complete with driving range, golf shop and tennis court. There’s also a fine dining area and lounge.
For the history buffs among the group, the California Route 66 Museum offers a glimpse into the history of the iconic Route 66. The Apple Valley Legacy Museum provides a snapshot of the history, culture and people of Apple Valley over the last century. The Victor Valley Museum is also worth adding to the itinerary. Here you can enjoy the live animal discovery center, exploration center and various interactive exhibits that focus on the history, culture and natural landscape of the region.
Outdoor enthusiasts will want to spend time enjoying nature and wildlife at the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Hesperia Zoo, Jess Ranch Lakes, Mojave River Forks Regional Park, and Hesperia Lake Park.